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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
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Jan 31, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: philosophy, thought-provoking
Read in January, 2010

The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a very philosophical novel that is unable to answer the question, “If humans are simply animals, why do we appreciate beauty?” The book is a paean to intellectualism. It also explores why we hide who we are from others. All of this is wrapped up in the story of a middle-aged concierge and a twelve year-old cynic. It is a well-told, thoughtful story, and although the philosophy probably appeals to many people, it is largely empty and lacking of real answers. I have rated it PG, but I doubt many teens would enjoy it.

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