The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 01/05/2009
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I was unsure what to expect with this one, having read some of the reviews it seems to be a proper marmite book, I found that I loved it. Yes, the two cen... READ MORE
Becky Bookseller

Synopsis

Rene is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building. She maintains a carefully constructed persona as someone uncultivated but reliable, in keeping with what she feels a concierge should be. But beneath this facade lies the real Rene: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Rene lives with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever. By turns moving and hilarious, this unusual and insightful novel is now an international publishing sensation, with sales of over 10 million copies.

  • Publisher: Gallic Books
  • ISBN: 9781906040185
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm

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The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I found the title of this novel highly intriguing and looked forward to reading it. I was not disappointed. The novel is well-written and immediately eng... READ MORE
Lucy Oakes
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I loved it
I loved this book - it builds up the characters really well, and gives a good view into Parisians! Somehow reading a book about different characters in a b... READ MORE
Hiral Patel
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
A Marvellous Read
This is my favourite book from here on in. I loved every thing about it and have read it at least 4 times since purchase. It is truly excellent as a novel... READ MORE
Wizzy
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog is another of the ever popular dual-narrative texts that are around at the moment. It wasn't one of my favourite ones though.... READ MORE
Georgina Bickerstaffe
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Wise, funny, unique. This is a rather special book. It's difficult to capture with a brief plot description because it's the observations about how we choo... READ MORE
Helen Cleaves
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
sophisticated pastime
very little to learn
ralagu
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Renee works as a concierge of an apartment block in Paris, which houses some of the richest members of the Parisian culture. She hides herself away in her ... READ MORE
Anne Watkinson
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
This is a book about life in Paris told from the viewpoint of a middle aged Concierge and a school girl. It is a translation of a French book and really g... READ MORE
Rosemary English
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Beautifully different
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I like to read different genres with diverse themes; I have to say that this was refreshing, unusual, surprising, entertain... READ MORE
Sputnik
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
first came across this book when it was serialised on Radio 4. I only heard part of one episide, and all I remembered was that it was very French. It is, i... READ MORE
Helen Nash
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I found the title of this novel highly intriguing and looked forward to reading it. I was not disappointed. The novel is well-written and immediately eng... READ MORE
Lucy Oakes
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Renee is the fifty-four-year-old concierge of a Paris apartment block. She's invisible to the rich people who own the eight apartments, unless they need he... READ MORE
Anja de Jager
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Being different
There are two people in the Paris block of flats with intellectual interests. One is a twelve-year-old and the other is the concierge, but they both have r... READ MORE
Brian McLean
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Disappointing
The book came highly recommended and I anticipated the enjoyment of seeing Parisian life quotidienne through the exceptionally acute eyes of an intellectua... READ MORE
Joan Trinder
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Set in France, this story combines the lives of a precocious 12-year-old girl intent on committing suicide on her 13th birthday to escape a pre-destined pl... READ MORE
Stella Anderson
The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Not for me…
As some others have noted, this is one of those “love it or hate it” books. Perhaps if I’d persisted (beyond the 55 pages I managed) I would have got into... READ MORE
Derek Duerden