Friday, February 26, 2010

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Having seen several reviews of Muriel Barbery's book, The Elegance of the Hedgehog I thought it sounded interesting and I put it on my PaperBackSwap wish list. Then a friend recently read it and urged me to get a copy. Finally, several weeks ago our local book club chose it as the March selection to read and discuss.

While it was not an "unputdownable" book for me, it still was one I enjoyed reading. There are not many books with a middle-aged woman character who seems real, and is not doing something silly or sensational. I thought it was a very philosophical novel, but not in a self-conscious or obvious way (as I think Sophie's World could be characterized).

I was surprised by the book's ending, but not displeased with it.

I'm looking forward to hearing what the ladies of the book club think of it.



Blogger they spread the word said...

I started it last August!!! and stopped. Life just got in the way of my reading plans.

The teen angst part just didnt speak to me, but I'm a little intrigued because of the surprise ending.

7:05 AM  
Anonymous Jennifer@ Mrs. Q: Book Addict said...

I enjoyed this book. I had a hard time wanting to finish in the beginning because I had a hard time getting into it. Many people recommend I keep reading because it gets better, and it did. I liked the quirky characters, and thought it was a very philosophical novel as well. I think it would be a good book club book. Enjoy your discussion.

5:15 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

I saw this one in the bookstore and considered it because of all the reviews I've seen about cyberspace. I might add this one to my PaperbackSwap list, too. :-)

8:08 AM  

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