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El�gance du H�risson

ISBN-10: 1933372605

ISBN-13: 9781933372600

Edition: N/A

Authors: Muriel Barbery, Alison Anderson

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The enthralling international bestseller. We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Rene, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Rene is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the buildings tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence. Then theres Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. Paloma and Rene hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Palomas trust and to see through Renes timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.
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Book details

List price: $15.00
Publisher: Europa Editions, Incorporated
Publication date: 9/2/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.100
Language: English

Writer and philosophy professor Muriel Barbery was born in Casablanca, Morocco on May 28, 1969 and raised in France. She attended the �cole Normale Sup�rieure de Fontenay-Saint-Cloud from 1990 to 1993 and then taught philosophy at the Universit� de Bourgogne, in a lyc�e, and at the Saint-L� IUFM. Barbery has published the bestselling novels L'�l�gance du h�risson (The Elegance of the Hedgehog) and Une Gourmandise (Gourmet Rhapsody).