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‘The Elegance of the Hedgehog’ – Muriel Barbery

A rather complex read, I opted to borrow this novel from my local library after finding myself thoroughly intrigued having watched a trailer of its French feature movie (will now endeavor to get a copy of the movie).

Despite its literary complexity, the author (and translator) has truly done a wonderful job. Simple things that we perceive in life, and things that we barely give a second’s thought, are elaborately philosophized¬† throughout this novel. I won’t go into the details, as frankly, I had a bit of difficulty understanding some parts, but was nevertheless able to grasp the concept. Perhaps in a few years time, I will have matured enough (and further developed my comprehension skills) to fully understand this brilliantly written novel.

It has been described as ‘the publishing phenomenon of the decade’ – Le Figaro. That alone should persuade you to read this novel. If not, you can find an indepth review of the book here.