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The Elegance of the Hedgehog By Muriel Barbery

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
by Muriel Barbery

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Rene is the concierge of a Parisian apartment building. She is passionate about culture and the arts. Several floors up, 12-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever.
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog Summary


The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Rene is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building. She maintains a carefully constructed persona as someone uncultivated but reliable, in keeping with what she feels a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Rene: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Rene lives with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turns moving and hilarious, this unusual and insightful novel is now an international publishing sensation, with sales of over 10 million copies.

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog Reviews


`Resistance is futile ... you might as well buy it before someone recommends it for your book group. Its charm will make you say yes' The Guardian `Clever, informative and moving ... this is an admirable novel which deserves as wide a readership here as it had in France.' The Observer `The novel wins over its fans with a life-affirming message, a generous portion of heart and Barbery's frequently wicked sense of humor' Time Magazine `A book of great charm and grace.' The Metro `The book's attractive, Amelie-esque Parisian setting and cast of eccentrics will appeal to many' Sunday Telegraph `This breathtakingly singular novel ... is totally French yet completely universal' Good Housekeeping `Reveals itself as a version of the Cinderella fairytale' Financial Times

About Muriel Barbery


Muriel Barbery is a former lecturer in philosophy and bestselling author. The Elegance of the Hedgehog has gone on to sell more than 6 million copies worldwide and has been described by Le Figaro as `the publishing phenomenon of the decade'.

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GOR009930024
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Muriel Barbery
Used - Like New
Paperback
Gallic Books
2009-05-01
320
1906040184
9781906040185
N/A
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