The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery




Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme hosted by Jenn of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can participate. If you’re new to Teaser Tuesdays, the details are at Jenn’s A Daily Rhythm or on my Tuesday Memes Page.


Madame Michel has the elegance of the hedgehog: on the outside, she’s covered in quills, a real fortress, but my gut feeling is that on the inside, she has the same simple refinement as the hedgehog: a deceptively indolent little creature, fiercely solitary – and terribly elegant.

Well, having said that, I admit it: I’m not a clairvoyant.




First Chapter/First Paragraph/Tuesday Intros is hosted by Bibliophile By The Sea. To play along, share the first paragraph (or a few) from a book you’re reading or thinking about reading soon.


On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Manuela, my only friend, comes for tea with me in my lodge. Manuela is a simple woman and twenty years wasted stalking dust in other people’s homes has in no way robbed her of her elegance. Besides, stalking dust is a very euphemistic way to put it. But where the rich are concerned, things are rarely called by their true name.


The Elegance of the Hedgehog
(L’elegance du herisson)
by Muriel Barbery


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25 comments on “The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery

  1. I loved Elegance Of The Hedgehog when I read it a few years ago. Beautifully written and with wonderfully nuanced characters. Hope you love it too!

    Stephanie Jane

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    • Dagny says:

      Thanks. I’m over halfway. It’s quite varied. Some parts I like, others not so much. I agree though that it is beautifully written. I’m becoming quite fond of Renée.


  2. I have been curious about this one ever since I first saw it around. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “SNOW ANGEL COVE”

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  3. P.D. Workman says:

    Hedgehogs! Thanks for visiting my site!

    Anyone up for a Christmas teaser? Dickens’ A Christmas Carol:

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  4. This book has been recommended to me by a friend but I haven’t gotten around to reading it. Sounds like I should! I like the opening and your teaser.
    My Tuesday post features The Beach House.

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  5. I have heard such mixed reviews about this one. I have a copy on my shelf and hope to get to it one of these days. I like the opening and teaser you shared quite a bit.

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  6. mysm2000 says:

    Never heard of this before and it sounds really interesting. Here’s my TT:

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  7. BookerTalk says:

    I discovered this at the back of the bookshelf tonight. I’d forgotten I bought it at the same time as her novel The Gourmand which was ok but not stunning.

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  8. Diane says:

    I really enjoyed this one when I read it, hope you do as well. Thanks for joining in this week.

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  9. Laura Thomas says:

    Well, now you have me curious. Never heard of this one before and the writing is wonderful.

    My TT –

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  10. This book had passed me by but I love the language – wonderful!

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    • Dagny says:

      It is truly beautifully written, Cleo. Even when the story takes a detour that isn’t of much interest, the prose is lovely to read. In addition to the author, we have the translator Alison Anderson to thank.

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  11. Eustacia Tan says:

    That’s an interesting title and a beautiful teaser!

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  12. FictionFan says:

    Haven’t heard of this one, but I love both the quotes. Hope you’ll let us know what you think of it when you finish! 🙂

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