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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

Muriel Barbery

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

Renee Michel is the 54-year-old concierge of a luxury Paris apartment building. Her exterior ("short, ugly, and plump") and demeanor ("poor, discreet, and insignificant") belie her keen, questing mind and profound erudition. Paloma Josse is a 12-year-old genius who behaves as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. She plans to kill herself on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Both Renee and Paloma hide their true talents and finest qualities from the bourgeois families around them, until a wealthy Japanese gentleman named Ozu moves into building. Only he sees through them, perceiving the secret that haunts Renee, winning Paloma's trust, and helping the two discover their kindred souls. Moving, funny, tender, and triumphant, Barbery's novel exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Barbara Rosenblat, Cassandra Morris

Length:

9h 35m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:25

Introduction
Introduction

00:34


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

03:24


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

20:37


Part 2, Chapter 1
Part 2, Chapter 1

26:38


Part 2, Chapter 2
Part 2, Chapter 2

08:41


Part 2, Chapter 3
Part 2, Chapter 3

14:11


Part 2, Chapter 4
Part 2, Chapter 4

11:08


Part 2, Chapter 5
Part 2, Chapter 5

04:36


Part 2, Chapter 6
Part 2, Chapter 6

07:15


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

13:12


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

04:30


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

14:05


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

15:49


Part 2, Chapter 11
Part 2, Chapter 11

19:04


Part 2, Chapter 12
Part 2, Chapter 12

06:18


Part 2, Chapter 13
Part 2, Chapter 13

09:45


Part 2, Chapter 14
Part 2, Chapter 14

04:24


Part 2, Chapter 15
Part 2, Chapter 15

17:00


Part 2, Chapter 16
Part 2, Chapter 16

08:11


Part 2, Chapter 17
Part 2, Chapter 17

05:04


Part 2, Chapter 18
Part 2, Chapter 18

16:13


Part 3, Chapter 1
Part 3, Chapter 1

05:20


Part 3, Chapter 2
Part 3, Chapter 2

21:22


Part 3, Chapter 3
Part 3, Chapter 3

11:03


Part 3, Chapter 4
Part 3, Chapter 4

19:25


Part 3, Chapter 5
Part 3, Chapter 5

04:39


Part 3, Chapter 6
Part 3, Chapter 6

12:41


Part 4, Chapter 1
Part 4, Chapter 1

03:58


Part 4, Chapter 2
Part 4, Chapter 2

03:45


Part 4, Chapter 3
Part 4, Chapter 3

01:59


Part 4, Chapter 4
Part 4, Chapter 4

01:54


Part 4, Chapter 5
Part 4, Chapter 5

10:04


Part 4, Chapter 6
Part 4, Chapter 6

04:31


Part 4, Chapter 7
Part 4, Chapter 7

15:17


Part 4, Chapter 8
Part 4, Chapter 8

02:15


Part 4, Chapter 9
Part 4, Chapter 9

04:35


Part 4, Chapter 10
Part 4, Chapter 10

03:28


Part 4, Chapter 11
Part 4, Chapter 11

19:12


Part 4, Chapter 12
Part 4, Chapter 12

04:00


Part 4, Chapter 13
Part 4, Chapter 13

10:12


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

09:12


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

12:30


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

00:12


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

03:31


Part 4, Chapter 18
Part 4, Chapter 18

08:39


Part 5, Chapter 1
Part 5, Chapter 1

09:02


Part 5, Chapter 2
Part 5, Chapter 2

10:39


Part 5, Chapter 3
Part 5, Chapter 3

16:34


Part 5, Chapter 4
Part 5, Chapter 4

04:01


Part 5, Chapter 5
Part 5, Chapter 5

04:34


Part 5, Chapter 6
Part 5, Chapter 6

06:57


Part 5, Chapter 7
Part 5, Chapter 7

06:54


Part 5, Chapter 8
Part 5, Chapter 8

06:57


Part 5, Chapter 9
Part 5, Chapter 9

01:54


Part 5, Chapter 10
Part 5, Chapter 10

06:19


Part 5, Chapter 11
Part 5, Chapter 11

01:03


Part 5, Chapter 12
Part 5, Chapter 12

15:42


Part 5, Chapter 13
Part 5, Chapter 13

07:33


Part 5, Chapter 14
Part 5, Chapter 14

01:26


Part 5, Chapter 15
Part 5, Chapter 15

02:10


Part 5, Chapter 16
Part 5, Chapter 16

02:38


Part 5, Chapter 17
Part 5, Chapter 17

04:19


Part 5, Chapter 18
Part 5, Chapter 18

02:00


Part 5, Chapter 19
Part 5, Chapter 19

04:59


Part 5, Chapter 20
Part 5, Chapter 20

02:30


Part 5, Chapter 21
Part 5, Chapter 21

03:55


Part 5, Chapter 22
Part 5, Chapter 22

04:35


Part 5, Chapter 23
Part 5, Chapter 23

24:25


Part 5, Chapter 24
Part 5, Chapter 24

00:07