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3.0 out of 5 stars Tres Parisienne, 23 Feb. 2009
This review is from: The Elegance of the Hedgehog (Hardcover)
The unusual title of this book was what initially pulled me in. It's the story of two people who live in the same Parisian apartment building. Renee has been the concierge for some 27 years now. She keeps her passions for Tolstoy, classical music and Japanese films to herself. Paloma is a resident in the building, 12 years old and very precocious. She has decided that life is futile and is making plans to commit suicide on her 13th birthday. "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" refers to a description of Renee that Paloma writes in her diary.

This is a slow moving book, very wordy and very French. For a long time I was torn between enjoying the philosophical musings and feeling like it was all pretentious and over-written. The momentum picks up when a new resident comes to live in the building and gradually the three form friendships. Ultimately it's about seeing beyond the exteriors that people present to the world. (I think.) It takes a long time to go anywhere, but I channeled my inner Marion Cotillard and went with it. If you're finding it hard going, stick with it as it eventually comes together in a very satisfying conclusion.
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Initial post: 28 Feb 2009 20:58:44 GMT
Nick Brett says:
I never cease to be amazed by the mix of stuff you read!!!!!
Nick

In reply to an earlier post on 1 Mar 2009 08:44:04 GMT
Last edited by the author on 1 Mar 2009 11:18:55 GMT
Julia Flyte says:
Hi Nick, nice to hear from you! Yes, I'm all over the show. Constantly scheming up ways to surprise you. Julia
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