The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery


we're within the middle of Paris, in a chic house construction inhabited by way of bourgeois households. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish yet vacuous lives of her a variety of employers. Outwardly she conforms to each stereotype of the concierge: fats, cantankerous, hooked on tv. but, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a classy autodidact who adores artwork, philosophy, tune, and jap tradition. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for his or her half are slightly conscious of her existence. 

Then there is Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a skilled and startlingly lucid baby who has made up our minds to finish her lifestyles at the 16th of June, her 13th birthday. until eventually then she is going to proceed behaving as every person expects her to act: a mediocre pre-teen excessive on adolescent tradition, an exceptional yet now not a very good pupil, an obedient if obstinate daughter. 

Paloma and Renée conceal either their real abilities and their most interesting traits from a global they believe can't or won't savour them. They detect their kindred souls while a prosperous eastern guy named Ozu arrives within the development. merely he's in a position to achieve Paloma's belief and to work out via Renée's timeworn hide to the key that haunts her. this can be a relocating, humorous, positive novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous between us.

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