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L'Élégance du hérisson Summary Ú 2 á A moving funny triumphant novel that exalts the uiet victories of the inconspicuous among usWe are in the center of Paris in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families Renée the concierge is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers Outwardly she conforms to evE With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants who for their part are barely aware of her existence Then there's Paloma a twelve year old genius She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June her thirteenth birthday Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave a mediocre pre teen high on adolescent subculture a good but not an outs. I must admit this wasn't a 5 star read until the last 50 pages which may actually make this a 6 star read This book is beautiful for its underlying truth we are all worthy of love love that will surely be given if we will but believe we are worthyMy friend Rose repeated the uote that referenced Renee Michel as being prickly like a hedgehog but so elegant on the inside For me the section that spoke volumes was the Profound Thought by Paloma in defense of grammar Personally I think that grammar is a way to attain beauty When you speak or read or write you can tell if you've said or read or written a fine sentence You can recognize a well turned phrase or an elegant style But when you are applying the rules of grammar skillfully you ascend to another level of the beauty of language When you use grammar you peel back the layers to see how it is all put together see it uite naked in a wayShe continues but enough here Thank you Paloma you reminded me of my mother I can see her nodding her head in such agreement

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Tanding student an obedient if obstinate daughter Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest ualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her This is a moving funny triumphant novel that exalts the uiet victories of the inconspicuous among. If you bite into this expecting a light buttery wholly unhealthy croissant be forewarned it has some fiber in it too It’s about two unlikely intellectuals One is a dowdy concierge in an upscale Paris apartment and the other is an unusual 12 year old girl living there with her well to do family I like how their brainpower comes through in their ideas and observations rather than from the author just telling us how “wicked smaht” they are to borrow Chuckie’s phrase from Good Will Hunting Their outsized crania were not always easy to carry Renee the concierge was not to the manor born probably like the servants’ uarters and she never seemed to forget it She had a real thirst for knowledge though – an accomplished autodidact in philosophy film art and music But she never felt comfortable sharing any of these joys with anyone given what she felt the attitudes towards a woman of her social standing would be The girl was a different story Her cross to bear was how to carve out a niche for herself in a family that was all too comfortable with its elevated status Her main weapon against the soullessness of life in the upper crust was cynicism She wielded it well sometimes to humorous effect At times she may not have seemed real but then you could say the same about the Coneheads and if you recall they too were from France As everyone knows smart people don’t always figure out ways to be happy This is one of the themes However they might just meet someone with a clear sighted appreciation for hidden beauty an easy manner and a rich vein of empathy for kindred spirits Much of the meeting up takes place late but is powerful when it finally does The spoiler police prevent me from saying as much as I'd likeIn addition to interesting characters a solid plot and real wisdom to impart the book was well written to boot I rarely think to appreciate how difficult a translator’s job must be to project a distinctive voice but this work really stood out Comment on dit “2 thumbs up” en Francais At least I know how to say croissant fibre still délicieux

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L'Élégance du hérissonA moving funny triumphant novel that exalts the uiet victories of the inconspicuous among usWe are in the center of Paris in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families Renée the concierge is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge fat cantankerous addicted to television Yet unbeknownst to her employers Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art philosophy music and Japanese cultur. My name is Renee and I’m the first protagonist of this book – the hedgehog as it were I’m a 54 year old concierge who works in a building populated by rich and powerful people who barely notice my existence I’m also a closet intellectual and I freuently try to prove that to you by digressing into asides about philosophy culture and other topics I alternate between sniping at the apartment owners for their snobbish indifference to my lowly concierge self an image I strive to maintain at every opportunity while blaming the rich apartment owners for buying into it and terror that they may find out that I read loftier books than they do I’m as much of a snob as they are if not worse but I guess we won’t go there – let’s keep things simple even though this book is ostensibly higher literature Given the owners’ apathy toward me it’s not clear what I fear might actually happen if they learned that I was an intellectual Probably nothing But hey this conflict keeps the book going and maybe makes some kind of a statement about French class differences I guess you’d have to be French to understand But you don’t have to be French to feel smug and superior about reading this pretentious novel In fact it probably helps if you’re not French because then you’re reading something foreignMy name is Paloma and I’m the other protagonist of this book I’m a brilliant precocious underestimated and misunderstood 12 year old who plans to burn down my apartment and commit suicide on my 13th birthday I’m not sure exactly why I’m so unhappy I mean I can make all kinds of bitter and cynical observations about my parents and sister but really I’m not lacking for anything I can tell you in lofty language about how life truly has no meaning but for someone so bright my thinking tends to be pretty two dimensional as does my personality and my life in general Although disliking your family is pretty normal in adolescence it’s not clear why in all 12 years of existence I’ve never discovered a friend teacher neighbor or relative who might complicate my unilaterally dark feelings about humanity by actually having some positive ualities But maybe this is part of what helps me sound like a 50 year old philosopher even though I’m supposed to be a 12 year old girl so I guess that’s something In fact I spend so much time sounding intellectual that except for my melodramatic suicidality there’s little hint of the fact that emotionally I’m really just an early adolescent A bit attention to my emotional side might have made my character interesting but c’est la vie I get a little three dimensional at the end but you have to hang in there and I'm not sure it's worth it My name is and I’m a reviewer for a snooty periodical I just finished Muriel Barbery’s The Elegance of the Hedgehog and my editor is expecting a review from me this week To be honest all the pedantic asides left me cold They took me out of the story and weren’t all that interesting I kind of skimmed over them but that’s not something I could ever reveal to my readers I have to act like I read them understood them and appreciated them as only a brilliant reader could I have to act like th