let me know if you’ve read it what you thought, kay. i might be completely wrong about it.
BOOK REVIEW – ELEGANCE OF THE HEDGEHOG – By MURIEL BARBERY.
I don’t know. I really don’t.
I was looking forward to reading this book for a couple of reasons.
1. I won it 2. It’s had lots of critical acclaim and loads of people have been talking about it 3. I like the title 4. I like the cover 5. It’s a New York Times Bestseller.
So I started out with high hopes.
At first I really didn’t like it at all. And then I liked bits of it and not other bits. And then by page 200 I was hooked and I raced on down to the last page, thoroughly enjoying the ride.
I was completely charmed by the story of the French concierge and the other characters living at number 7, rue de Grenelle, but the problem was that as soon as I got stuck into their lives I was pulled rudely away from them to go into pages and pages of philosophy, that if I’m honest, went right over my head.
I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I feel like perhaps I’m just not smart enough for this book. I’ve never read any Tolstoy, Marx or Freud, so a lot of that stuff about ‘the meaning of life, etc.’ just came across as a little pretentious and boring to me.
I suppose a philosopher would say they liked the philosophical ideas in the book, but that the author kept interrupting it with all those pesky characters.
I often felt like the author only created these characters because she needed a framework within which to spout her philosophical ideas and show how smart she is.