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Title: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: baf on October 30, 2009, 09:59:31 AM
Anyone else read and marveled at this literary gem?
Written in French, the translator did a remarkable job in preserving the tone and richness of the original version.
The story swirls around two main characters: an erudite "concierge" in Paris, hiding her intelligence and culture from the wealthy of her building and a 12 year old leaving some deep thoughts behind before committing suicide.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: Sonya Self on October 31, 2009, 02:08:15 PM
I didn't but now there is a one more book to look forward to ...Thanks


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: Rhiannnonn on November 02, 2009, 12:33:57 AM
Suicide? Sounds too close to the summer I was 11.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: baf on November 02, 2009, 09:04:30 AM
Rhiannon,
Nice to see you here  :)  Not here to push this book, it's just that I found it rich on so many levels.  Don't be turned off by the suicide girl, she's a complex and endearing character, just as you might have been when you were 11.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: WS on November 02, 2009, 10:33:00 PM
I'll put it on my list - but it does sound a bit sad!


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: baf on November 03, 2009, 09:01:23 AM
WS,
Sad and deeply uplifting... part of its magic. Let me know what you think.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: Prunella Farquar on November 05, 2009, 08:09:01 AM
I hadn't heard of this baf, but it does look like an interesting read.  Thanks for the suggestion.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: Rhiannnonn on November 08, 2009, 01:00:09 AM
I'll have to keep an eye out for it, if you really think that it's that good.

And it's nice to see all of you here! Just so you know, I have a lot of catching up to do over there. For the longest time, I couldn't get past the Log In pages for some strange reason. You have no idea how glad I am to see you!!!


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: CWO3ROBBIE on November 08, 2009, 09:42:34 AM
I'll have to keep an eye out for it, if you really think that it's that good.

And it's nice to see all of you here! Just so you know, I have a lot of catching up to do over there. For the longest time, I couldn't get past the Log In pages for some strange reason. You have no idea how glad I am to see you!!!
Glad to see you too Rhiannnonn. And, I'm not just saying that to get my number of posts up because I'm trying to catch up to WS while she is computerless.
No matter if it does appear that way.

I really wouldn't do that.  :-[ :-[ :-[ :-*


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: baf on November 08, 2009, 10:55:55 AM
I'm looking forward to a talk that will be presented this week, by some professor, on this novel.  Looks like I'm not the only one to have been deeply intrigued and stirred by it. Will let you know what gems are revealed...


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: baf on November 12, 2009, 10:46:09 PM
Well, that had to be the most boring hour of this past year! A disappointment... sigh. Leave it to a prof to flog a text to death and drag it around.
Such a shame, she talked the magic right out of it!

Actually, an interesting point was made: this novel was a huge hit all over Europe when it came out. It hardly made a ripple on this side of the Atlantic. Obviously some cultural differences at work here. It did get me thinking about the big ideas of the novel, again. It's really an ode to beauty, beauty in the small, the imperceptible, the innocent and the moment.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: WS on November 17, 2009, 10:09:29 PM
Hey! I'm a Prof! I resemble that remark!

Well, that had to be the most boring hour of this past year! A disappointment... sigh. Leave it to a prof to flog a text to death and drag it around.
Such a shame, she talked the magic right out of it!

Actually, an interesting point was made: this novel was a huge hit all over Europe when it came out. It hardly made a ripple on this side of the Atlantic. Obviously some cultural differences at work here. It did get me thinking about the big ideas of the novel, again. It's really an ode to beauty, beauty in the small, the imperceptible, the innocent and the moment.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: baf on November 17, 2009, 10:12:42 PM
WS,
Well, I'm sure you're not THAT kind of prof!


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: WS on November 17, 2009, 10:14:02 PM
WS,
Well, I'm sure you're not THAT kind of prof!
Hmmm, well I might be worse!


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: baf on November 18, 2009, 05:16:32 PM
Anyone who recommends that "something Quest" movie is very fine by me! "Vision Quest"? what was the name...


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: WS on November 18, 2009, 05:34:56 PM
Anyone who recommends that "something Quest" movie is very fine by me! "Vision Quest"? what was the name...

    Galaxy Quest!

As long as there is injustice, whenever a Targathian baby cries out, wherever a distress signal sounds among the stars, we'll be there. This fine ship, this fine crew. Never give up... and never surrender.

(http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_zs9ABoyY-Lc/ScGRDclgSvI/AAAAAAAAFhY/SG1L3NirYyw/s400/galaxyquest_l.jpg)


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: Prunella Farquar on November 18, 2009, 06:30:55 PM
 By Grabthar's hammer, by the sons of Worvan, you shall be avenged.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: WS on November 18, 2009, 09:11:30 PM
You were never serious about the craft!


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: baf on November 20, 2009, 10:37:48 PM
You know, WS, a lot of people are not serious about the craft: after being talked into renting Galaxy Quest one of my sisters gave me a call - seriously doubting my sanity and/or sense of humour. I loved it, what can I say?


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: WS on November 21, 2009, 06:56:58 PM
You know, WS, a lot of people are not serious about the craft: after being talked into renting Galaxy Quest one of my sisters gave me a call - seriously doubting my sanity and/or sense of humour. I loved it, what can I say?

I'm SO relieved!! I don't know if I could be your friend if you didn't like it. It's actually not so badly put together and it deals with a variety of personall faults pedagogically.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: baf on November 21, 2009, 10:37:44 PM
.... personal faults pedagogically? is that the connection?? do you have to do battle in the personal trenches of teaching to get it?


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: WS on November 21, 2009, 10:57:36 PM
.... personal faults pedagogically? is that the connection?? do you have to do battle in the personal trenches of teaching to get it?

I doubt it, but I was fascinated how each character has a failing that he or she must over come in order to work together.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: baf on November 22, 2009, 02:35:19 PM
Love how interpretations lead to slightly different views... that story line got me thinking of the power of shared emotions and blind faith.


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: WS on November 22, 2009, 03:53:40 PM
Love how interpretations lead to slightly different views... that story line got me thinking of the power of shared emotions and blind faith.
I'd go for trust (not necessarily blind faith).


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: Brian on February 20, 2010, 10:11:22 AM
It's really an ode to beauty, beauty in the small, the imperceptible, the innocent and the moment.
Well, I read it, and she's right!  A clever, engaging story line works to deliver a lot of wisdom - about the above.  Good book!


Title: Re: The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
Post by: WS on February 20, 2010, 11:53:33 AM
It's really an ode to beauty, beauty in the small, the imperceptible, the innocent and the moment.
Well, I read it, and she's right!  A clever, engaging story line works to deliver a lot of wisdom - about the above.  Good book!

Cool! sadly I haven't gotten around to it yet!