For October our bookclub is reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery. Muriel Barbery is a professor of philosophy. Let me write that again. Muriel Barbery is a professor of PHILOSOPHY. If you are like me and your eyes glazed over in all of your required philosophy classes in college, this might not be your favorite book as Barbery discusses philosophical thought and concept throughout the beginning of the book but in a way that assumes you know who and what she is talking about.
This book was a lot of work for me. The vocabulary was a lot to take in. The general references of philosophy were a lot to take in. For the first 200 pages I really did not care about the two main characters because these were not characters I could ever sit down and talk to.
The first 200 pages really goes into the deep, deep thoughts of the main two characters. Finally a new character comes into play and the book becomes less about thought and more about relationships and FINALLY I had something I could relate to and care about.
I found the ending really interesting, and I am excited for our book club conversation. I was challenged by the book, and I am glad that I read it. But, I could never recommend it to anyone and, I have to admit, I am glad that it is done.