Saturday, August 08, 2009

L'Élégance du hérisson

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery is a fascinating novel. Philosophical in content and style, this novel discusses class consciousness, self-awareness and above all - Beauty. The novel, released in 2006, quickly became a best seller in France.
This book was less a narrative than a series of philosophical essays on the topics of reality, perception, truth, painting, education - you name it. And at times it was overwhelming, but that, gentle readers, is why one skims. And I cannot say that the ending was satisfying. Indeed, far from it.
If you are looking for your narrative "straight up", this will disappoint. The challenging text, at times intimidating vocabulary, and the highbrow themes are well worth the effort.

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