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3.0 out of 5 stars Would've been better as a short story, 15 Sep 2008
This review is from: The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Hardcover)
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a book to sate the appetite of the average professional critic. Why? It has a beautiful title, it's a translated foreign title (and congratulations to A. Anderson for a sterling job) and it's packed with poetry and delicious wording.

However, to me it only ended up average. There doesn't seem to be any concrete plot and along with the central heroines, their cleverness, particularly at the beginning is hard and unlikeable. As you go through the pages and get used to writing style you tend to build a good picture of the characters and a slight affinity but I kept thinking 'And what? Get to the point.'

When the point comes, it's unsatisfying. The point is a good moral to behold but reading the end alone would've sufficed than the whole book. We've spent all this time bombarded by profound thoughts and tea with Manuela, that when the u-turn happens, it's like 'oh well, that's life'.

I hate to be harsh as there is something genuinely good about Barbery's book but I fail to see why it's a best seller. Maybe this is the Kiran Desai effect where people are temporarily fallen in love with the palette an author has rather than the strokes they use.

Not bad, but I wouldn't recommend it.
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Initial post: 28 Aug 2011 11:44:30 BDT
Kingston1919 says:
This `review` tells more about the reviewer than the book!!! As the reviewer says `What is the point?` By the way, I loved the book and have read it several times Gettibg something new each time. AE.
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