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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi David, I think that’s a great capture of an important idea or "profound thought" in this novel. Question: What are your thoughts about how this theme might relate to the title of the novel, the confluent narratives of Paloma and Renee, Paloma’s search for meaning (as well as a reason to live), Renee’s reflections on art, Renee’s dying thoughts and Paloma’s ultimate decision about life and death?

    September 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think it's no accident that the preamble of this book is just called "Marx", or that Paloma's first profound thought starts with a Haiku about reaching for the stars and ending in the the goldfish bowl, and that she goes on to say that that she thinks adults are nothing more than kids who don't understand what's happened to them.

      September 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I think through the characters of Renee and Paloma that Muriel Barbery (and her husband) have attempted to use the language of her profession, as well as their passion for art, to elucidate and reach past what they believe to be the confines of class and ideology, in order to speak about where they believe meaning may be found in life.

      September 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't like the book particularly

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I can't make it

    September 15, 2013

  • Karen H

    I can't make it today, plumbing emergency it home. Such a shame. I've read the book and was looking forward to the discussion.

    September 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ditto I'm afraid, got to page 80...I wanted to like it and part of concept appealed to me but just too hard to read.

    September 14, 2013

  • Nicole

    I was looking forward to reading this book even though I was not attending the meet up. However I have struggled to read it, I was hoping the tone and language would lighten as I read further but sadly it didn't. I just can't read any more, I read one third but can't bring myself to read any more sadly. Unfortunately I haven't enjoyed it. I wish I could be there on Sunday for the interesting discussion and to hear everyone else's opinion.

    September 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I reached page 98. Then decided to read another book. I don't expect I'll go any further with the hedgehog.

    September 11, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      watch the movie instead - it is heaps better

      September 11, 2013

  • Judy

    My sympathies, fellow readers. I found the 2 narrators irritating from the outset and the book is tedious in the extreme. I'm still struggling on, about 1/3 of the book still to go ...

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    have decided not to finish this as it just got too bogged down into intelligensia rhetoric and didn't progress as a story I didn't think. Will still be there on sunday, but after 80 pages I just couldn't be bothered any more. The movie however was terrific, so that is a recommend to any who also couldn't finish the book!!

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yeah,sorry, I'm with Jane - it opened delightfully (especially for a translated work), but I stalled 30 pages in as I hate the two leads (one for trying to become a cliche of herself and the other for being an artificial, author-invented device). I hope the rest of you enjoy it though, but gonna miss this one. Happy reading folks

    September 10, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm finding this book very hard going. I don't think I will finish it. There are too many more interesting books waiting for me.

    September 9, 2013

  • Nicole

    Unfortunately I can not attend as I am participating in the City to Bay. Enjoy the book.

    August 30, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I never heard of it, but I like hedgehogs - see you there

    August 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      there is a movie of the book too - called The Hedgehog - and is well worth seeing.

      August 19, 2013

    • Denine M.

      Thanks Kay, will check it out!

      August 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I enjoyed meeting everyone at my first Book Club last Sunday and am looking forward to this one and more.

    August 7, 2013

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