I’m sitting here stunned by the simple beauty and elegance of Muriel Barbery’s extraordinary novel, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. This story of a middle aged French woman and a precocious 12 year old girl illuminates enormous truths about life, love, relationships, joy, fear, loss, and the beauty of everyday things.
The final sentences….
I have finally concluded, maybe that’s what life is about: there’s a lot of despair, but also the odd moment of beauty, where time is no longer the same. It’s as if those strains of music created a sort of interlude in time, something suspended, an elsewhere that had come to us, an always within a never.
Yes, that’s it, an always within never.
Beauty, in this world.