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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
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did not like it

after giving this book a chance, i have decided that the only chance it deserves is to be methodically shredded page by page and subsequently dissolved, in its entirety, in a pool of ammonia.

the rampant fetishism of japanese culture aside (which is seriously so disturbing and surprising to come across in a bestseller that was written within the past 5 years), the plot is entirely centered on the interior monologues of two characters, two characters who are so unctuously trite and platitudinizing in their "petit daily observations" that I believe only the heartiest of misanthropes will take any joy in following the oppressive journey this book calls its narrative.
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April 24, 2009 – Shelved

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message 1: by Flo (new)

Flo i love how you express your feelings for this book!


Bryce very well put.


message 3: by Matthew (new)

Matthew Ironically, your rant against the book sounds as if one of the characters you so detest could have written it!


Birgit Alsinger Matthew : eventhough I agree with Katya Nick your comment made me laugh out loud. Thank you for that :-)


Katya Ha! Touché. Agreed.


Steve Thank you, I now do not feel that I have missed some startling revelation, or the cohesive point where it all comes together and you smile and say "ah I get it now" I just didn't get it, and it was written in a very boring style.


Shereen I figured your review was purposely written tongue in cheek.
This book has a lot of words; I just wish they said something.


Katya Shereen wrote: "I figured your review was purposely written tongue in cheek.
This book has a lot of words; I just wish they said something."



Well said.


message 9: by Lizabeth (new)

Lizabeth I appreciated reading your comments....I didn't care at all about the characters. It felt like a sophmoric retell of western philosophers. If I smoked, I would have grounded my cigarette into the dirt filled ashtray, like most older Parisians, and blown the residual smoke into the face of the imagined protagonist.


message 10: by Laura (new) - rated it 1 star

Laura Dragon I loathed this book and am glad to know I wasn't the only one. The condescending attitude and arrogance of the two main characters was such a turn off that it is a miracle that I was able to get through this book. Only sheer determination to find something, anything that I could like about it kept me turning the pages long after I should have moved on to another novel. I just can not understand all the fabulous reviews.


Pamela ^^I'm on pg. 247, Laura Dragon, and having more fun, and gaining more insights (by far), reading the reviews and comments than the novel. What a tedious, self-righteous, self-aware novel that is a blatant exercise in masturbatory ontology without basic craft in characterization. Ugh.


message 12: by Jude (new) - rated it 4 stars

Jude I read about twenty pages and stopped
I don't normally give up but this was unbearable


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