The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008
When I started reading this book I thought it a little too literary for my taste and spent too much time toggling between the book and my dictionary. It is at heart, a philosophical novel, with characters who read Marx and The German Ideology, while others contemplate Japanese suppuku. My opinion changed on exactly page 108 with a misplaced comma. Renee Michel, who is the concierge at an apartment building inhabited by wealthy people, finds this an underhanded attack. Despite a great appreciation for art and literature, she retreats to her loge and hides her true self from those who don't really see her. This works well until Kokuro Ozu moves in and upsets the delicate balance between the classes.