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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
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Jan 28, 10

bookshelves: 2010
Read from January 26 to 28, 2010

reviews i read about this book commented on the unbelivability of the characters, the unliklihood of the plot and the philosophical meanderings that took away from the story told.


this is a book book-lovers should love because it gives credence to their relatively illogical devotion to the written word. the types that would (generally) read this should relate wholeheartedly with the concierge whose hidden love of all things artistic drives her existence throughout the beginning of the novel. the idea that this is a hidden flower, only waiting to bloom bleeds from this story.

granted, it is a bit heavy on existential meanderings on what it is to be alive, but these are the thoughts of the characters and whether or not they are believable on the whole, there are aspects of their personalities that cross the spectrum of human behavior. they serve as allegories for what can exist on both ends of the social ladder. the highly cultured working class woman. the depressed, absurdist highly privileged adolescent. as symbols they work wonderfully.

the ending... well the ending struck me powerfully and caused in me emotions that i feel only rarely in books. i enjoyed this book immensely and for all its imperfections, great beauty existed as well.

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