The Resource The elegance of the hedgehog, Muriel Barbery ; translated from the French by Alison Anderson

The elegance of the hedgehog, Muriel Barbery ; translated from the French by Alison Anderson

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The elegance of the hedgehog
Title
The elegance of the hedgehog
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Muriel Barbery ; translated from the French by Alison Anderson
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Genre
Language
  • eng
  • fre
  • eng
Summary
  • The lives of fifty-four-year-old concierge Rene Michel and extremely bright, suicidal twelve-year-old Paloma Josse are transformed by the arrival of a new tenant, Kakuro Ozu
  • "We are in an elegant hotel particulier in the center of Paris. Renee, the building's concierge, is short, ugly, and plump. She has bunions on her feet. She is cantankerous and addicted to television soaps. Her only genuine attachment is to her cat, Leo. In short, she is everything society expects from a concierge at a bourgeois building in a posh Parisian neighborhood. But Renee has a secret: she is a ferocious autodidact who furtively devours art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With biting humor she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants - her inferiors in every way except that of material wealth." "Then there's Paloma, a super-smart twelve-year-old and the youngest daughter of the Josses, who live on the fifth floor. Talented, precocious, and startlingly lucid, she has come to terms with life's seeming futility and has decided to end her own on the day of her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue hiding her extraordinary intelligence behind a mask of mediocrity, acting the part of an average pre-teen high on pop subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter." "Paloma and Renee hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a new tenant arrives, a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu. He befriends Paloma and is able to see through Renee's timeworn disguise to the mysterious event that has haunted her since childhood."--BOOK JACKET
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Cataloging source
JRG
Dewey number
843/.92
Index
no index present
Language note
Translated from the French
LC call number
PQ2662.A6523
LC item number
E4413 2008
Literary form
fiction
The elegance of the hedgehog, Muriel Barbery ; translated from the French by Alison Anderson
Label
The elegance of the hedgehog, Muriel Barbery ; translated from the French by Alison Anderson
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Note
  • "2007 French booksellers prize"--P. [4] of cover
  • Translated from the French
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
12534496
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Dimensions
21 cm.
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Extent
325 pages
Isbn
9781933372600
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Lccn
2009370114
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  • (Sirsi) SL999716
  • (OCoLC)244250416
  • (OCoLC)244250416
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  • (Nz)12534496

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