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.

 

 

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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.

    PB

  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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