Unfinished Friday: The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Everyone at the bookstore was talking about The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery; although now that I think about it, no one had read it, they’d all just “heard good things.” The premise sounded interesting and different so I was excited to give it a try, but I just couldn’t get into it at all.
The story focuses on Renée Michel, the 54-year-old concierge of an elite Paris apartment building, and Paloma Josse, a very intelligent but unsatisfied young girl who has decided to kill herself on her 13th birthday. Sounds interesting, right? Well, it might be if the prose wasn’t so drawn-out and copious.
Publishers Weekly notes, “The leisurely pace of the novel… lends itself well to audio, and those who might have been tempted to skip through the novel’s more laborious philosophical passages (the author is a professor of philosophy) will savor these ruminations when read aloud.” Not a terrible idea, really. Perhaps I’ll pick this one up on CD and give it another try.