The Elegance of the Hedgehog - Muriel Barbery

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Author: Muriel Barbery

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In the fascinating world of literature, we immerse ourselves in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, a book that invites us to explore unknown worlds, to discover unforgettable characters and to experience intense emotions. With a unique style and an immersive narrative, The Elegance of the Hedgehog transports us to distant places, awakens our curiosity and leaves us wanting more. From its pages, we can learn, get excited, laugh and reflect, becoming an enriching and transformative experience. The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a work that invites us to immerse ourselves in the magic of reading and enjoy unforgettable moments with its pages. Don't miss the opportunity to delve into this wonderful literary adventure!


The Elegance of the Hedgehog is a novel by the French novelist and philosophy teacher Muriel Barbery. The book follows events in the life of a concierge, Renée Michel, whose deliberately concealed intelligence is uncovered by an unstable but intellectually precocious girl named Paloma Josse. Paloma is the daughter of an upper-class family living in the upscale Parisian apartment building where Renée works.
Featuring a number of erudite characters, The Elegance of the Hedgehog is full of allusions to literary works, music, films, and paintings. It incorporates themes relating to philosophy, class consciousness, and personal conflict. The events and ideas of the novel are presented through the thoughts and reactions, interleaved throughout the novel, of two narrators, Renée and Paloma. The changes of narrator are marked by switches of typeface. In the case of Paloma, the narration takes the form of her written journal entries and other philosophical reflections; Renée's story is also told in the first person but more novelistically and in the present tense.


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