Simply Reading~The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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.




7 thoughts on “Simply Reading~The Elegance of the Hedgehog

  1. I absolutely loved this book and would drive my mom and a friend of mine crazy by calling and telling them, or texting passages to them.

    I read it right after a period where I read a lot of Buddhist philosophy and thought and Elegance was the perfect tidbit to some up some of those key points in such an elegant way.


  2. Becca, read this one a while ago and yet it continues to resonate.
    But your line: “the always within never” is sublime.
    Great reading inspires great writing, too.

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