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Mar. 27th, 2017

2017/25: The Elegance of the Hedgehog -- Muriel Barbery
... pity the poor in spirit who know neither the enchantment nor the beauty of language.


Mme Renée Michel is the concierge of a Parisian apartment building, a fifty-four-year-old widow with bunions and bad breath. As far as the residents know, she is a typical concierge, watching television and reading tabloids, alone except for her cat Leo. In secret, though, she is passionate about philosophy, art and language (a misplaced comma in a note from one resident drives her to distraction), and she observes her employers with a clear and critical eye.
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