Elegance of the Hedgehog was my February read for the Recycled Book Reading Challenge.
I really liked this book. It isn’t written in the usual manner. I expected with a setting like wealthy lodging in France, that it would be from the perspective of the well-to-do. However, it is not. Which is refreshing. There are 2 POV’s from which the story is told. That of Renee (the concierge) and Paloma (a pre-teen). Both are highly intelligent and quite bored of the world they live in. Renee conceals her intelligence and culturality by playing to the stereotype of concierge. Paloma, has set her mind to committing suicide on her 13th birthday.
The book is quite ‘wordy’ and it is occasionally difficult to tell who is narrating. The chapters seem to switch on and off, and it was easy for me to lose track at times, as there was no rhyme or reason to who was speaking in the chapters. You just have to read through until you have a ‘Ahaa’ moment and then follow along accordingly.
However, I really enjoyed the writing, the perspectives, and even the characters’ boredom with the mundane and predictable. I was actually quite surprised to see how popular this book seems to be when I checked online. I would recommend this if you see it somewhere.
I think I picked this book up while on holiday (You know the hotel book swaps) and I’m very glad I did! A time investment well-spent!
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