The Elegance of the Hedgehog
I’ve read excellent reviews of this books, and it seems like lgrammar geeks, readers of Colette and lovers of Amelie would enjoy it.
“Madame Michel falls squarely within the stereotype of the Parisian concierge: She’s a dumpy, seemingly unsophisticated and uneducated woman who serves as grumpy doorkeeper to a rather tony apartment building. But she has been educating herself for decades—through library books, movies, recordings, concerts, and art exhibitions. So, when the real estate agent selling one of the apartments makes a grammatical gaffe (“bring,” rather than “take”), Madame Michel’s flinch begins to unravel her façade of drudgery and disinterest. Monsieur Ozu, the new resident who observes and shares her reaction, becomes fascinated with her. He compares her to a hedgehog: on the outside, covered in quills, “a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary—and terribly elegant.” Here’s a novel whose plot turns on a linguistic error: How can you resist? It entices further with an incipient romance between an unkempt fifty-something woman and the sophisticated and charming man who falls into her life. No wonder we dames d’un certain age are all aglow about The Elegance of the Hedgehog.”
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