Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog was a pleasure to read and savor. While the novel is by no means linear or accessible to all styles of readers, for lovers of Paris, lovers of little pleasures, and lovers of life, the book quenches a thirst. The novel offers richly developed and complex characters who come together through interactions in their French apartment building. Entirely unpredictable, the plot is at times poignantly touching and at others, acerbically funny. More than any work of fiction that I've read in recent memory, this book articulately urges its readers to live the good life and relish unexpected beauty.
Pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy this uniquely captivating novel!
Like Amélie Poulain, my life is all about the littlest pleasures: the freshest, pinkest raspberries; the deep blue of a Vermeer painting; the perfect crispness of a glass of Prosecco; the divine simplicity of an afternoon at the beach; the heavenly scent of a vanilla bean. Here I blog to celebrate the good life, la dolce vita, la belle vie. Cherish life's petits plaisirs and enrich your daily existence.
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