The elegance of the hedgehog / Muriel Barbery ; translated from the French by Alison Anderson.
By: Barbery, Muriel.
Contributor(s): Anderson, Alison | Anderson, Alison (Translator) | Anderson, Alison [author.].Material type: BookPublisher: London : Gallic, 2008Description: 320 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781906040185 (pbk.); 1906040184 (pbk.).Uniform titles: Elégance du hérisson. English Subject(s): Apartment concierges -- France -- Paris -- Fiction | Apartment dwellers -- France -- Paris -- Fiction | Apartment concierges -- France -- Paris -- Fiction | Apartment dwellers -- France -- Paris -- Fiction | Apartment concierges France Paris Fiction | Apartment dwellers France Paris Fiction | Paris (France) -- FictionGenre/Form: General fiction.DDC classification: Free Fiction
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The international publishing sensation, with sales of over 10 million copies worldwide
Rene is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building. She maintains a carefully constructed persona as someone uncultivated but reliable, in keeping with what she feels a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Rene: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives.
Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Rene lives with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever.
'Resistance is futile ... you might as well buy it before someone recommends it for your book group. Its charm will make you say yes' The Guardian
'Clever, informative and moving ... this is an admirable novel which deserves as wide a readership here as it had in France.' The Observer
'The novel wins over its fans with a life-affirming message, a generous portion of heart and Barbery's frequently wicked sense of humor' Time Magazine
'A book of great charm and grace.' The Metro
'The book's attractive, Amélie-esque Parisian setting and cast of eccentrics will appeal to many' Sunday Telegraph
'This breathtakingly singular novel ... is totally French yet completely universal' Good Housekeeping
'Reveals itself as a version of the Cinderella fairytale' Financial Times
First published in 2006 in France as : L'élégance du hérisson by Éditions Gallimard, Paris
This translation originally published: 2008.
Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building on the Left Bank. To the residents she is honest, reliable and uncultivated - an ideal concierge. But Renée has a secret - beneath this conventional façade she is passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her self-important employers. Down in her lodge, Renée is resigned to living a lie; meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid a predictably bourgeois future, and plans to commit suicide on her thirteenth birthday. But the death of one of their privileged neighbours will bring dramatic change to number 7, Rue de Grenelle, altering the course of both of their lives forever.
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