Monday, 22 October 2012

The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog.
Muriel Barbery.
Over a year on the New York TImes Bestseller List.

                                           "Because art is life, playing to other rhythms." -Renne

            The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a beautiful novel written about a short, plump, ugly, 54 year old concierge named Renée who works in the prestigious apartment building at the number 7, Rue de Grenelle in the heart of Paris. People seem to label concierges as rather dumb people, but Renée  is about to challenge that stereotype. The book also includes several passages from the journal of Paloma, a 12 year-old genius who lives in the same apartment building as Renée . After 12 years of playing the average student, good daughter, and everyday pre-teen has decided to end her own life on her 13th birthday. Both of these amazing women are forced to hide their true identities and passions to match up with society’s thoughts on what is correct for their certain roles. Everything seems to be dragging on until a new neighbour moves in which will change both of the women’s view on life forever.
            The Elegance of the Hedgehog is one of the most inspiring books I have every read. At first the book was very slow for me, but things really take off once Mr. Arthens the world-renowned food critic dies and the new Japanese neighbour moves in. The book was a tough read for myself in certain parts, I would recommended this book for an audience of 14 or older. I think that Muriel’s book is made for an older audience because both of her protagonists are geniuses so it is a little hard to follow their thoughts in some parts because of the complexness. The Elegance of the Hedgehog definitely made me think in depth about what the characters were thinking about. I think that Muriel has chosen very unique characters that I haven’t seen done before, I believe she chose to make them different because she knew people may have been more interested instead of hearing about the regular Orphan, Superhero etc. The book made me feel almost illiterate as a human being compared to the two characters. All in all I strongly recommend for almost anyone.

-Ali :)

1 comment:

  1. Ali,
    I love your book review! You had a great use of words! Your sentences are very descriptive and explains the book very well. I am looking forward to reading this book!
    - Inaara :)