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Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery disccussion
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Due to a scheduling conflict, this meeting will be the 4th Tuesday of the month. Adults of all ages read and discuss fiction titles. This month's title: Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Summary: An enchanting "New York Times" and international bestseller and award-winner about life, art, literature, philosophy, culture, class, privilege, and power, seen through the eyes of a 54-year old French concierge and a precocious but troubled 12-year-old girl. Renee Michel is the 54-year-old concierge of a luxury Paris apartment building. Her exterior ( short, ugly, and plump ) and demeanor ( poor, discreet, and insignificant ) belie her keen, questing mind and profound erudition. Paloma Josse is a 12-year-old genius who behaves as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. She plans to kill herself on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Both Renee and Paloma hide their true talents and finest qualities from the bourgeois families around them, until a wealthy Japanese gentleman named Ozu moves into building. Only he sees through them, perceiving the secret that haunts Renee, winning Paloma's trust, and helping the two discover their kindred souls. Moving, funny, tender, and triumphant, Barbery's novel exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us." (DoctorFate)… (more)

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Muriel Barbery was born in Morocco and raised in France. She studied at the Lycée Lakanal and in 1993, obtained her agrégation in philosophy from the École Normale Supérieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud. She has taught philosophy at the Université de Bourgogne, the Saint-Lô IUFM, a teacher training college, and also at a lycée.
Her second novel L'Élégance du hérisson (The Elegance of the Hedgehog, 2006) was a bestseller in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, and many other countries. The book was adapted into a film called Le hérisson (The Hedgehog), released in 2009.
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