The Elegance of the Hedgehog

I loved The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.  I loved the language.  I loved Paloma Josse, Renee Michel, and Mr. Ozu.  I want to read a grammar book!  i want to relearn French well enough to read this book in its original language. i want to reread it soon!

oh, what's it about?  Madame Michel is a concierge, a widow, and brilliant.  She hides behind the invisibility of her position, pretending to dull and lifeless to protect her psyche.  Paloma Josse is 12, also brilliant, very wealthy, a tenant at Madame Michel's building.  Paloma has decided that life is pointless and intends to kill herself on her 13th birthday.  The story goes back and forth between their first person points of view so we see and feel what they feel.  An older Japanese man, Mr. Ozu, moves into the building and disrupts Paloma's plans and Madame Michel's facade. 

i loved this one so much.  It is so beautiful.  I'm not doing it justice.  a 7.

Oh, and nominate some YA characters on Tempting Persephone!  


  1. Anonymous3/5/10 20:56

    I actually liked the ending, because it was so unexpected. But the philosophy parts bored me to tears.


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