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L'Élégance du hérisson

ة كبيرة فى فرنسا حيث بيع منها مليون نسخة فى أول سنة L'Élégance du eBook #231 بعد نشرها وترجمت إلى عدة لغات وحظيت بإعجاب نقدى فى أمريكا وانجلتر L Elegance du Herisson The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel BarberyThe Elegance of the Hedgehog is a novel by the French novelist and philosophy teacher Muriel Barbery The story revolves mainly around the characters of Ren e Michel and Paloma Josse residents of an upper middle class Left Bank apartment building at 7 Rue de Grenelle one of the most elegant streets in Paris Divided into eight luxury apartments all occupied by distinctly bourgeois families the building has a courtyard and private gardenThe widow Ren e is a concierge who has supervised the building for 27 years She is an autodidact in literature and philosophy but conceals it to keep her job and she believes to avoid the condemnation of the building s tenants Likewise she wants to be alone to avoid her tenants curiosity She effects this by pretending to indulge in concierge type food and low uality television while in her back room she actually enjoys high uality food listens to opera and reads works by Leo Tolstoy and Edmund Husserl Her perspective is that To be poor ugly and over intelligent condemns one in our society to a dark and disillusioned life a condition one ought to accept at an early age Twelve year old Paloma lives on the fifth floor with her parents and sister whom she considers snobs A precocious girl she hides her intelligence to avoid exclusion at school Dismayed by the privileged people around her she decides that life is meaningless and that unless she can find something worth living for beyond the vacuousness of bourgeois existence she will commit suicide on 16 June her thirteenth birthday Planning to burn down the apartment before dying she also steals her mother s pills For the time being she journals her observations of the outside world including her perceptions of Ren ePaloma is the only tenant who suspects Ren e s refinement Although they share interests in philosophy and literature nothing happens between them until the death of a celebrated restaurant critic who had been living upstairs A cultured Japanese businessman named Kakuro Ozu whom Ren e and Paloma befriend then takes a room in the same apartment building Ozu comes to share Paloma s fascination with Ren e that the concierge has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog 2010 1388 360 9789644162978 21 03061399

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تلجأ هذه الرواية إلى حيلة أدبية تكاد تكون كلاسيكية حيث تقسم نفسها إلى ثلاث نساء بطلات من مراحل عمرية مختلفة تحتوى الرواية على كثرة I recently had a brief relationship with a young lady who had studied philosophy at a university in southern California The relationship was destined to be a brief one as she left for the Philippines to join the Peace Corps just a week or so ago On one of our last evenings together she thanked me for something that I found curious She said Isaiah have you ever met someone at a party or something who finds out you studied philosophy and then they just try to talk to you the whole rest of the night about random philosophers they happen to know about when all you want to do is play beer pong and find someone to make out with I m not sure I would have voiced the sentiment in exactly the same words but I know what she was talking about Actually for me these days my background in philosophy is fairly inconspicuous but the exact same thing happens to me for my work in the space industry I ll meet someone at a bar or a house party who has a subscription to Scientific American and he ll find out where I work and then he ll tag behind me for the entire rest of the party asking my opinion about aliens or string theory or any number of subjects almost totally unrelated to my actual specialty or areas of interest except they happen to fall under the general heading of space sciences Or perhaps in a rare case he might want to talk about space policy or advanced propulsion systems or something else that I do actually care about But it s Friday night man Can t you just chill out Let me get drunk Wait do you by any chance have a sisterAnyway she continued thanks for not ever doing that Now to understand why I find it curious that she would thank me for such a thing you do have to realize that we had certainly had conversations about philosophy I remember one particular rant about utilitarianism Mills and his relationship to his father on a concert lawn somewhere And I m sure I made plenty of my categorically unfunny cracks about Kantian imperatives But the point was that I didn t bring it up when it was totally irrelevant and then refuse to drop it the whole night because I didn t understand that even people that love philosophy don t walk around thinking about philosophy all day barring of course our dear MFSO nor do they give two shits that you are marginally acuainted with a few Wikipedia entries on phenomenology And even if they did couldn t it wait until after we meet your sister and I ve got a decent buzz goingWell this book is that guy He follows you around at a party boring you with his pent up discussion uestions from a survey course on philosophy that his professor didn t care enough to work out of himDon t misunderstand me My issue with this book is not the literary name dropping or the dime store philosophizing Some authors can get away with this stuff even brilliantly Kundera for example The difference is that Kundera is interesting Whereas nothing and no one in this book is anything but a one dimensional boreWho cares about these people Why should I care about them One s a concierge the other s a privileged brat with the exact same hormones as every other 12 year old girl on the planet Now you might say that s the point Barbery is trying to show that these people are marginalized and look how beautiful they actually are in their minds and spirits But they re not beautiful I don t give a damn that they re smart You know what lots of people are smart Smart people are a dime a dozen That doesn t make you or me or Renee or Paloma a special beautiful flower It makes them smart but they re still completely uninteresting I mean that s really the crux of the irritant right there Barbery spends half of this book droning on and on about how this concierge and schoolgirl are so unseen because of social expectations and she would have them be redeemed because they are both intelligent and tender But that s absurd That s like Good Will Hunting without the d nouement I ll say it right now I don t care about Renee because she s a concierge in a building in France I read the whole book and I still don t care Is it because I m stilted by my class astigmatism Please I m barely middle class I grew up in trailers and fertilized lawns for a living I don t care about her because she is a concierge and has done nothing interesting with her life except sit in her apartment with a fat cat and read Tolstoy And the ultimate stupidity the most absurd thing in this entire book is this ridiculous and unbelievable artifice that Renee has to hide who she is because of the expectations of the upper class As if they re going around with spyglasses on trying to root out concierges who have read too much Marx What garbage If I found out my concierge had read Marx I would a not give a shit and b avoid her as much as humanly possible out of fear that she would talk to me in exactly the way Renee talks to the reader in this book interminably If anything Id be interested in her if she were an ignorant working class stiff I d like to know what her life is like then Carver writes about people like that all the time and its enthralling Because he makes you care about these people and their motivations Intelligentsia pretensions in a do nothing concierge Excuse me while I pour some bourbon in this drink Same goes for Paloma She s precocious fine That s charming I guess but it s not redeeming She wants to kill herself and burn down her family s house Wow That s really uniue I guess I should care about her plight Or just maybe she s exactly the same as every other precocious 12 year old brat in the bourgeoise world and she ll get over it as soon as she discovers penis and marijuana I ve read this book be described as very French in its casting of the class divides but I think that s totally incorrect The invisibility of people who aren t interesting is universal The ethic espoused in this book that Renee and Paloma are profoundly worthwhile because they are intelligent and tender is uneuivocally American Only in modern western cultures would we say oh how wonderful and individual that you are smart and feel alone you are a special flower everyone gets a participation ribbon No A brat who wants to burn her house down and a concierge who has done nothing with her life except isolate herself are not special no matter how many books they ve read They are every single uninteresting person that I don t want to read books about Don t even get me started on Kakuro the messianic father figure or the absurd Japanese fetish that permeates the book like one of those guys that follows you around at a party talking about natural healing because he read the Tao Te Ching and thinks sushi is real tasty He s a paper thin romance novel male Dominant austere deep and sexually unconscious After reading Kakuro in Hedheog I understand why women get so upset about male fantasy portrayals of women in novels by male authors This is the exact other side of that coinThis was of a rant than a review so here s my summary for the book jacket stupid stupid stupid I was irritated the whole time


10 thoughts on “L'Élégance du hérisson

  1. says:

    I recently had a brief relationship with a young lady who had studied philosophy at a university in southern California The relationship was destined to be a brief one as she left for the Philippines to join the Peace Corps just a week or so ago On one of our last evenings together she thanked me for something that I found curious She said Isaiah have you ever met someone at a party or something who finds out you stud

  2. says:

    My name is Renee and I’m the first protagonist of this book – the hedgehog as it were I’m a 54 year old concierge who works in a building populated by rich and powerful people who barely notice my existence I’m also a closet intellectual and I freuently try to prove that to you by digressing into asides about philo

  3. says:

    This is another moment when I wonder what is wrong with me Everyone in France recommends this book The premise is original enough that I was hoping the book would be a real find within the same super high end Parisian apartment building live 2 misfits the 54 year old concierge who reads Kant and Tolstoi in secret and a 1

  4. says:

    That so many people love this book makes me fear for the future of literature It is one of the most pretentious banal novels I've ever read In fact novel is too good a word for its bloggishly self indulgent smugly insipid meanderings Actually most blogs are much interesting than this book The two main characters the concierge Ren

  5. says:

    if you are an artist a thinker someone who longs for an aestheticist a dreamer a seeker then read this book it made me laugh and cry in a way that only a well crafted well loved well written book can

  6. says:

    I must admit this wasn't a 5 star read until the last 50 pages which may actually make this a 6 star read This book is beautiful for

  7. says:

    L' Elegance du Herisson The Elegance of the Hedgehog Muriel BarberyThe Elegance of the Hedgehog is a novel by the French novelist and philosophy teacher Muriel Barbery The story revolves mainly around the characters of Renée Michel and Paloma Josse residents of an upper middle class Left Bank apartment buildin

  8. says:

    An expert uproarious parallel play of two extremely astute yet heartwarming consciousnesses There are so many uotable lines here obse

  9. says:

    If you bite into this expecting a light buttery wholly unhealthy croissant be forewarned it has some fiber in it too It’s about two unlikely intellectuals One is a dowdy concierge in an upscale Paris apartment and the other is an unusual 12 year old girl living there with her well to do family I like how their brainpower comes through in their ideas and observations rather than from the author just telling us how “w

  10. says:

    AFTER READING THE BOOKI just finished the book and I suppose it is better to let it sink in before I do a review but since I do not think the following statements will be altered by further thought I will state them now First of all I rhink many who read this book will say OMG it's a fairy tale That couldn't happen Well I don't agre

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