The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

Links for the East Side Readers' discussion.
  • For September 17th, Cheri & The Last of Cheri, the classic novellas by Colette, which will be an extreme counterpoint to hedgehogs. The movie (cinematically beautiful, but they messed with the text) still around town.
  • For October 15th, the great spy novelist Alan Furst's The World at Night, which will put us in Paris during WWII.
  • For November 19th, F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby, which is being read in many one-book communities this year.
  • On Sept 3rd at 7 pm, the Classics Klatch will discuss the classic Norwegian drama "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen. Then, "Dracula" by Bram Stoker for October 1, in time for Halloween!

1 comment:

East Sider said...

Thanks for a great turnout & discussion for The Elegance of the Hedgehog. VA, thank you for printing out those photographs... very lovely.

Most everyone liked the novel, some found it unnecessarily long and/or pretentious, no real problem with the translation, and not sure why it had to end the way it did, although it did save the author a mess of other problems.

I forgot to ask one question.... The novel is about the transformative power of Art & Beauty. Have any of you had this experience? And what was it?

I'd have to say that reading In Search of Lost Time was transformative. Middle period Twyla Tharp choreography, i.e., Nine Sinatra Songs, In the Upper Room, Fait Accompli, makes me cry & laugh all at once. Many others, as well.