#BookmarkMonday: Nostalgia (and a hedgehog and a bunny)



I chanced upon by The Elegance of a Hedgehog in my piles of books and suddenly felt a wave of nostalgia, remembering how much I loved it. I read this after a long blogging hiatus and it struck a chord in me with it's simple messages of friendship. Check out my review here.

I decided that it was the perfect thing to show off my blue bunny bookmark, a gift from one of my nieces (she knew I liked kawaii).  I think he looks quite cute with his head poking out. And now, I'm missing my niece.


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Do you get all emotional seeing old books and old bookmarks?

About The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery*: We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.

Then there's Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.

Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

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