Popular Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses Muriel Barbery's novel: The Elegance of the Hedgehog By Marilyn Herbert Muriel Barbery Brittany Curran Laura Godfrey are Ebook As an educator, school librarian, writer, book talk presenter and facilitator, Marilyn loves to read and talk about books Her enthusiasm for reading and sharing led her to unite her two favorite things people and pages In turn, this led to the creation of Bookclub in a Box, the ultimate discussion companion for contemporary works of literary fiction Marilyn is always looking for a great debate about books and welcomes all feedback.. In Muriel Barbery s novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, we meet Ren e, a 54 year old, overweight, unattractive widow who has been the concierge at 7 rue de Grenelle for 27 years There is also Paloma Josse, a 12 year old intellectual prodigy whose rich and prominent family is living in the building Each spends her days at this fine h tel particulier considering the mysterIn Muriel Barbery s novel The Elegance of the Hedgehog, we meet Ren e, a 54 year old, overweight, unattractive widow who has been the concierge at 7 rue de Grenelle for 27 years There is also Paloma Josse, a 12 year old intellectual prodigy whose rich and prominent family is living in the building Each spends her days at this fine h tel particulier considering the mysterious ways of the upper class and pondering what life is worth The philosophical quest that is foremost in the minds of both women is a search for beauty Ren e cares for the building, has tea with her friend Manuela, reads, watches foreign films, listens to music, and talks to her cat Paloma fills her diaries with daily observations and theories, all the while planning to commit suicide on her 13th birthday unless she finds a reason to stick around When Kakuro Ozu moves into the building, taking over the deceased M Arthens 4th floor home, Ren e and Paloma formally meet In their search for life s raison d tre, M Ozu helps shine a light on both of their paths The hedgehog is a shy, quiet, nocturnal animal that likes to stay out of the light and out of the sight of its enemies It primarily lurks in and around hedges, hence its name The hedgehog also has a delicate nurturing nature, thus its elegance This animal, with its symbolic characteristics, is the strong base on which Barbery s elegant and poignant novel sits Every Bookclub in a Box discussion guide includes complete coverage of the themes and symbols, writing style, and interesting background information on the novel and the author.. The best Book Bookclub-in-a-Box Discusses Muriel Barbery's novel: The Elegance of the Hedgehog I have never looked up so many words in a book, even in a dozen books! So thankful for Nook's look-up function, I even looked up some just to make sure I understood their use. I guess that's what happens when you read a book about a Paris concierge who is a closet intellectual and an almost-teenager who is hiding her brilliance. A wonderful coming-of-age book about a 54-year old who learns to accept herself. Well worth the time to look up all those words!
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