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Thursday, June 9, 2011

The Elegance of the Hedgehog – Muriel Barbery

If you like your Book Club Novels to be packed choc full of sly references to classic novels, films and other art, then “The Elegance of the Hedgehog” is off to a good start. 

Renee is a lowly concierge who has taught herself in literature and philosophy, but she secludes herself away and hides her intelligence from the people around her.  Paloma is a precocious 12-year old tenant in Renee’s building.  Paloma sees no value in the lives of the adults around her and has decided that if she hasn’t found anything worth living for by her 13th birthday, she will commit suicide.  These two characters share the narrative as they slowly become aware of each others true nature in this highly praised story.

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