My Favorite Books

An Elegant Book

The Elegance of the Hedgehog…

Muriel Barbery


A more peculiar title I have never seen and I was perplexed by its cryptic cover.

At first I was apprehensive about reading it. But once I had cracked the book, it wasn’t hard to keep reading. To give a synopsis of the story would sound coarse and unrefined compared to the grace of its telling and the clear pictures behind every word. (Which, by the way, made me laugh as much as think. I love a good sentence and this thing was full of really good sentences.) I It follows the lives of a young genius and a middle-aged clandestine intellectual. They manage to defy every caste rule of their haughty surroundings and struggle against other people’s perception. (See, I told you it would be rough.)

Again, not the normal book I would have picked up, but I am so glad my sister pushed me into it because it was an enjoyable read like I never could have expected.