The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author: Muriel Barbery
Publsiher: Europa Editions
Total Pages: 325
Release: 2008-09-02
ISBN 10: 1609450132
ISBN 13: 9781609450137
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Elegance of the Hedgehog Book Review:

The phenomenal New York Times bestseller that “explores the upstairs-downstairs goings-on of a posh Parisian apartment building” (Publishers Weekly). In an elegant hôtel particulier in Paris, Renée, the concierge, is all but invisible—short, plump, middle-aged, with bunions on her feet and an addiction to television soaps. Her only genuine attachment is to her cat, Leo. In short, she’s everything society expects from a concierge at a bourgeois building in an upscale neighborhood. But Renée has a secret: She furtively, ferociously devours art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With biting humor, she scrutinizes the lives of the tenants—her inferiors in every way except that of material wealth. Paloma is a twelve-year-old who lives on the fifth floor. Talented and precocious, she’s come to terms with life’s seeming futility and decided to end her own on her thirteenth birthday. Until then, she will continue hiding her extraordinary intelligence behind a mask of mediocrity, acting the part of an average pre-teen high on pop culture, a good but not outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter. Paloma and Renée hide their true talents and finest qualities from a world they believe cannot or will not appreciate them. But after a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building, they will begin to recognize each other as kindred souls, in a novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us, and “teaches philosophical lessons by shrewdly exposing rich secret lives hidden beneath conventional exteriors” (Kirkus Reviews). “The narrators’ kinetic minds and engaging voices (in Alison Anderson’s fluent translation) propel us ahead.” —The New York Times Book Review “Barbery’s sly wit . . . bestows lightness on the most ponderous cogitations.” —The New Yorker

Elegance of the Hedgehog

Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author: Muriel Barbery
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-12-03
ISBN 10: 9781913547158
ISBN 13: 1913547159
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Elegance of the Hedgehog Book Review:

The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The Elegance of the Hedgehog
Author: Muriel Barbery
Publsiher: Gallic Books
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2013-09-02
ISBN 10: 1908313587
ISBN 13: 9781908313584
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Elegance of the Hedgehog Book Review:

Renée is the concierge of a grand Parisian apartment building, home to members of the great and the good. Over the years she has maintained her carefully constructed persona as someone reliable but totally uncultivated, in keeping, she feels, with society's expectations of what a concierge should be. But beneath this façade lies the real Renée: passionate about culture and the arts, and more knowledgeable in many ways than her employers with their outwardly successful but emotionally void lives. Down in her lodge, apart from weekly visits by her one friend Manuela, Renée lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for company. Meanwhile, several floors up, twelve-year-old Paloma Josse is determined to avoid the pampered and vacuous future laid out for her, and decides to end her life on her thirteenth birthday. But unknown to them both, the sudden death of one of their privileged neighbours will dramatically alter their lives forever.

A Single Rose

A Single Rose
Author: Muriel Barbery
Publsiher: Text Publishing
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2021-09-14
ISBN 10: 1922459577
ISBN 13: 9781922459572
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Single Rose Book Review:

The brilliant new novel from Muriel Barbery, author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog. A woman journeys to contemporary Kyoto and, by learning to accept new truths about her family and herself, embraces the possibilities of new love

The Life of Elves

The Life of Elves
Author: Muriel Barbery
Publsiher: Text Publishing
Total Pages: 272
Release: 2016-02-24
ISBN 10: 1922253464
ISBN 13: 9781922253460
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Life of Elves Book Review:

A moving and deeply felt homage to the power of nature and art by one of the world's most beloved authors. Do two young girls have the power to change the world? Maria, raised by powerful older women, lives in a remote village in Burgundy, where she discovers her gift of clairvoyance, of healing and of communicating with nature. Hundreds of miles away in Italy, Clara discovers her musical genius and is sent from the countryside to Rome to nurture her extraordinary abilities. Who are the mysterious elves? Will they succeed in training the girls for their higher purpose in the face of an impending war? Barbery's The Life of Elves is the story of two children whose amazing talents will bring them into contact with magical worlds and malevolent forces. If, against all odds, they can be brought together, their meeting may shape the course of history. Seven years after the publication of her international bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery returns with an inspiring novel about finding the divine in the domestic, about the quest for enchantment. With its cast of unforgettable characters, each fighting to preserve the idea of an enhanced life, The Life of Elves is a luminous novel about art, nature, dreams, the power of love, and how imagination can help us build a bridge to a better future.

Gourmet Rhapsody

Gourmet Rhapsody
Author: Muriel Barbery
Publsiher: Europa Editions Incorporated
Total Pages: 156
Release: 2009
ISBN 10: 9781933372952
ISBN 13: 1933372958
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Gourmet Rhapsody Book Review:

A great food critic who can make or destroy the reputation of a chef with a stroke of his pen, Pierre Arthens faces his imminent death by trying to recall the one perfect flavor he sampled in his youth, a flavor that he believes forms the ultimate truth of his life.

Gourmet

Gourmet
Author: Anonim
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022
ISBN 10: 1928374650XXX
ISBN 13: OCLC:670447334
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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A Strange Country

A Strange Country
Author: Muriel Barbery
Publsiher: Gallic Books
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2020-07-16
ISBN 10: 1910477818
ISBN 13: 9781910477816
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Strange Country Book Review:

The novel could be read as an allegory for the challenges that face our modern world, from the controversy surrounding our borders to climate change. Or, it may be seen as a strange and poetic fantasy similar to the work of Tolkien. In either case, it is a beautiful book about what it means to be brave and how we all must work to save ourselves and each other. San Francisco Book Review ‘Bewitching’ … ‘[an] enchanting hero’s journey’ Foreword Reviews ‘At its best, Barbery’s imaginative tale reads as a mix of J.R.R. Tolkien and Hayao Miyazaki, epic in scope yet grounded by humor.’ Publishers’ Weekly ‘Readers who love meditative, dreamlike fiction will enjoy this translation, which rings with the music of the original French.’ Booklist Alejandro de Yepes and Jesús Rocamora, young officers in the Spanish regular army, are stationed alone at Castillo when a friendly redhead named Petrus appears out of nowhere. There is something magnetic and deeply mysterious about him. Alejandro and Jesús are bewitched, and, in the middle of the sixth year of the longest war humankind has ever endured, they abandon their post to follow him across a bridge that only he can see. Petrus brings them to a world of lingering fog, strange beings, poetry, music, natural wonders, harmony and extraordinary beauty. This is where the fate of the world and all its living creatures is decided. Yet this world too is under threat. A long battle against the forces of disenchantment is drawing to a climactic close. Will poetry and beauty prevail over darkness and death? And what role will Alejandro and Jesús play? Muriel Barbery’s richly imagined new novel, the sequel to The Life of Elves, will transport readers to a lost world exposed to the constant churn of civilisations and remind them of the power of poetry and imagination. Alejandro de Yepes and Jesús Rocamora, young officers in the Spanish regular army, are stationed alone at Castillo when a friendly redhead named Petrus appears out of nowhere. There is something magnetic and deeply mysterious about him. Alejandro and Jesús are bewitched, and, in the middle of the sixth year of the longest war humankind has ever endured, they abandon their post to follow him across a bridge that only he can see. Petrus brings them to a world of lingering fog, strange beings, poetry, music, natural wonders, harmony and extraordinary beauty. This is where the fate of the world and all its living creatures is decided. Yet this world too is under threat. A long battle against the forces of disenchantment is drawing to a climactic close. Will poetry and beauty prevail over darkness and death? And what role will Alejandro and Jesús play? Muriel Barbery’s richly imagined new novel, the sequel to The Life of Elves, will transport readers to a lost world exposed to the constant churn of civilisations and remind them of the power of poetry and imagination.

The Company We Keep

The Company We Keep
Author: Frances Itani
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 284
Release: 2020-08-18
ISBN 10: 144345754X
ISBN 13: 9781443457545
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Company We Keep Book Review:

On Tuesday nights in the backroom of Cassie’s café, six strangers seek solace and find themselves part of a “Company of Good Cheer” Hazzley is at loose ends, even three years after the death of her husband. When her longtime friend Cassandra, café owner and occasional dance-class partner, suggests that she start up a conversation group, Hazzley posts a notice on the community board at the local grocery store. Four people turn up for the first meeting: Gwen, a recently widowed retiree in her early sixties, who finds herself pet-sitting a cantankerous parrot; Chiyo, a forty-year-old fitness instructor who cared for her unyielding but gossip-loving mother through the final days of her life; Addie, a woman pre-emptively grieving a close friend who is seriously ill; and Tom, an antiques dealer and amateur poet who, deprived of home baking since becoming a widower, comes to the first meeting hoping cake will be served. Before long, they are joined by Allam, a Syrian refugee with his own story to tell. These six strangers are learning that beginnings can be possible at any stage of life. But as they tell their stories, they must navigate what is shared and what is withheld. Which version of the truth will be revealed? Who is prepared to step up when help is needed? This moving, funny and deeply empathic new novel from acclaimed author Frances Itani reminds us that life, with all its twists and turns, never loses its capacity to surprise.

The Writer s Cats

The Writer s Cats
Author: Muriel Barbery
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2021-10-19
ISBN 10: 9781913547226
ISBN 13: 1913547221
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Writer s Cats Book Review:

Bookclub in a Box Discusses Khaled Hosseini s Novel a Thousand Splendid Suns

Bookclub in a Box Discusses Khaled Hosseini s Novel a Thousand Splendid Suns
Author: Khaled Hosseini,Marilyn Herbert
Publsiher: Bookclub-In-A-Box
Total Pages: 89
Release: 2008-04
ISBN 10: 9781897082522
ISBN 13: 1897082525
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bookclub in a Box Discusses Khaled Hosseini s Novel a Thousand Splendid Suns Book Review:

This is a terrific resource for students and educators of literary fiction. The newer novels of our time have few supportive interpretations as of yet; the classics have too many. BOOKCLUB-IN-A-BOX is the spot to come for a literary perspective and understanding that is just right. If you have suffered from a lack of discussion topics in the past, use this guide! Sections include: Literary Interpretation; Writing Style and Structure; Themes and Focus Points; Characaterisation; Historical Information; Novel Summary; Author Information; Images, Symbols and Metaphors; Important Quotes. This set includes: The complete BOOKCLUB-IN-A-BOX Guidebook; A Read-Alongside-Guide (RAG) -- a quick reference of fast facts and things to consider while reading the novel which can be copied and distributed to members; A BOOKCLUB-IN-A-BOX sticky notepad to highlight important passages and to record your important thoughts; Bookmarks to keep your place in all those great novels you're going to read.

Eloquence of the Sardine

Eloquence of the Sardine
Author: Bill François
Publsiher: St. Martin's Press
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2021-08-17
ISBN 10: 1250272440
ISBN 13: 9781250272447
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Eloquence of the Sardine Book Review:

If we were able to listen under water, what would we hear? What would we learn? How would it change us? With erudition and charm, marine scientist and orator Bill François takes us on a deep dive into the secret lives of the world’s aquatic creatures, from musical whales and immortal eels to the cod that discovered America and the herring that almost caused a military conflict —to name but a few. We hear the songs of seahorses and scallops, eavesdrop on the conversations of lobsters, and swim in the glow of the fluorescent jellyfish. A poetic blend of ancient myths, modern science, and storytelling through the ages, Eloquence of the Sardine is an invitation and guide to a dreamlike underwater world where the legends are often more believable than the incredible reality. This is nature writing at its best —informative, captivating, and accessible, with a personal angle, about an endlessly fascinating and still mysterious subject. A seafood platter or a day at the beach will never be the same.

The Cheffe

The Cheffe
Author: Marie NDiaye
Publsiher: Knopf
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2019
ISBN 10: 0525520473
ISBN 13: 9780525520474
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Cheffe Book Review:

From the Booker Prize-nominated author of Three Strong Women comes the elegant, hypnotic story of a woman's quest to the front of the kitchen--and the extraordinary journey she takes along the way. way.

Involuntary Witness

Involuntary Witness
Author: Gianrico Carofiglio
Publsiher: Bitter Lemon Press
Total Pages: 340
Release: 2005-11-01
ISBN 10: 1904738753
ISBN 13: 9781904738756
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Involuntary Witness Book Review:

A black immigrant is accused of child murder in Italy; the court procedural is tainted with racism.

Mrs Mike

Mrs  Mike
Author: Benedict Freedman,Nancy Freedman
Publsiher: Turtleback
Total Pages: 284
Release: 1987-01-15
ISBN 10: 9780808514428
ISBN 13: 0808514423
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Mrs Mike Book Review:

Young Kathy, a city girl, marries a Canadian Mountie and begins a new life in the wilderness of the North Woods

Confessions of a Wall Street Insider

Confessions of a Wall Street Insider
Author: Michael Kimelman
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2017-03-28
ISBN 10: 1510713387
ISBN 13: 9781510713383
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Confessions of a Wall Street Insider Book Review:

Although he was a suburban husband and father, living a far different life than the “Wolf of Wall Street,” Michael Kimelman had a good run as the cofounder of a hedge fund. He had left a cushy yet suffocating job at a law firm to try his hand at the high-risk life of a proprietary trader — and he did pretty well for himself. But it all came crashing down in the wee hours of November 5, 2009, when the Feds came to his door—almost taking the door off its hinges. While his wife and children were sequestered to a bedroom, Kimelman was marched off in embarrassment in view of his neighbors and TV crews who had been alerted in advance. He was arrested as part of a huge insider trading case, and while he was offered a “sweetheart” no-jail probation plea, he refused, maintaining his innocence. The lion’s share of Confessions of a Wall Street Insider was written while Kimelman was an inmate at Lewisburg Penitentiary. In nearly two years behind bars, he reflected on his experiences before incarceration—rubbing elbows and throwing back far too many cocktails with financial titans and major figures in sports and entertainment (including Leonardo DiCaprio, Alex Rodriguez, Ben Bernanke, and Alan Greenspan, to drop a few names); making and losing hundreds of thousands of dollars in daily gambles on the Street; getting involved with the wrong people, who eventually turned on him; realizing that none of that mattered in the end. As he writes: “Stripped of family, friends, time, and humanity, if there’s ever a place to give one pause, it’s prison . . . Tomorrow is promised to no one.” In Confessions of a Wall Street Insider, he reveals the triumphs, pains, and struggles, and how, in the end, it just might have made him a better person. Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

The Summer Guest

The Summer Guest
Author: Alison Anderson
Publsiher: HarperCollins
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2016-05-24
ISBN 10: 1443446831
ISBN 13: 9781443446839
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Summer Guest Book Review:

The translator of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Alison Anderson, delivers a remarkable literary novel—with a stunning conclusion—inspired by historical events, in which a diary weaves together the lives of three women: a dying Ukrainian doctor who befriends Anton Chekov in the 19th century, a modern-day London book editor, and the woman she hires to translate it into English. During 1888, illness forces a young Ukranian doctor, Zinaida Mikhailovna, into premature retirement on her family’s rural estate. When a St. Petersburg family rents an estate cottage for the summer, Zinaida—newly blind from the condition that will eventually kill her—befriends the son, Anton Pavlovich. He is a writer of modest but growing fame who will soon be known to the world simply as Chekhov, an author renowned for his mastery of the short story . . . and for the fact that he never published a novel. This historical narrative is framed around fragments of truth: Zinaida was real. The eldest daughter of the Lintvariov family—land-owners in Ukraine who rented a cottage to the Chekhovs in 1888—she was afflicted by a brain tumour. Chekhov wrote to his friend Aleksey Suvorin about her and her stoic acceptance of her fate. He also wrote her obituary. In the frigid winter of 2014, Zinaida’s diary lands in translator Ana Harding’s inbox, sent by the proprietor of a small London press. Katya Kendall hopes to rescue the failing press, and her failing marriage, by publishing an English translation. Ana accepts the poorly paid project as a distraction from professional and romantic disappointments, and is soon consumed by Zinaida’s intense, reflective narrative of two summers spent with the Chekhovs as she confronts her death. In its pages, there are tantalizing hints indicating that Chekhov did write a novel, inspired by Zinaida during their time together, and Ana becomes obssessed with tracking it down. But, as her search intensifies, she realizes the hidden novel is just one of several mysteries surrounding the diary.

A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow

A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow
Author: Jessica Redland
Publsiher: Boldwood Books Ltd
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2022-01-06
ISBN 10: 180162416X
ISBN 13: 9781801624169
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Wedding at Hedgehog Hollow Book Review:

The brand new instalment in Jessica Redland's bestselling Hedgehog Hollow series! It's time for the wedding we've all been waiting for... Life at Hedgehog Hollow is never dull, although Samantha hopes that the new year ahead will be a little less chaotic as she prepares to marry the love of her life, Josh. But disaster strikes when she checks the rescue centre's bank account after the festive season and discovers it has been emptied. Who would do such a thing, and why? With the future of Hedgehog Hollow now in jeopardy, planning a wedding has lost its shine. Phoebe is desperate to escape the shadow of her family, infamously known for their attacks on Samantha's beloved rescue centre. Could the kindness of the Hedgehog Hollow team be the chance she needs for a fresh start, or will her family's secrets continue to drag her back? Top 10 bestseller Jessica Redland welcomes you back to glorious Hedgehog Hollow; full of love, family, friendship - and hedgehogs of course! Praise for Jessica Redland: 'I loved my trip to Hedgehog Hollow. An emotional read, full of twists and turns' Heidi Swain 'Jessica Redland writes from the heart, with heart, about heart' Nicola May ‘An emotional, romantic and ultimately uplifting read. Jessica always touches my heart with her sensitive handling of difficult subjects. The gorgeous community she has built around Hedgehog Hollow is one I hope to visit again and again.’ Sarah Bennett 'Hedgehog Hollow is a wonderful series that has found a special place all of its own deep in the hearts of readers, including mine.' Jennifer Bohnet 'A wonderful, warm series full of family, friends and romance.' Katie Ginger 'An emotional but uplifting page turner.' Fay Keenan 'A warm hug of a book. I never wanted to leave Hedgehog Hollow. Very highly recommended.' Della Galton

The Walking Man

The Walking Man
Author: Jiro Taniguchi
Publsiher: Ponent Mom S L
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2014-02
ISBN 10: 9781908007421
ISBN 13: 1908007427
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Walking Man Book Review:

The Walking Man is a reprint of Jiro Taniguchi's most cherished title. It is a book in which nothing happens but everything occurs. The Walking Man follows a modern day Japanese business man as he strolls at random through urban Japan - often silent, usually alone - with his vivid dreams that let time stand still. Join him as he climbs a tree in bare feet, takes time out to observe the birds, plays in the puddles after the rain and returns a shell to the sea. It is an ideal way for readers and graphic novel-lovers to relax.

The Hedgehog And The Fox

The Hedgehog And The Fox
Author: Isaiah Berlin
Publsiher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Total Pages: 96
Release: 2014-11-13
ISBN 10: 1780228430
ISBN 13: 9781780228433
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Hedgehog And The Fox Book Review:

Isaiah Berlin's classic essay on Tolstoy - an exciting new edition with new criticism and a foreword. 'The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing.' This fragment of Archilochus, which gives this book its title, describes the central thesis of Isaiah Berlin's masterly essay on Tolstoy. There have been various interpretations of Archilochus' fragment; Isaiah Berlin has simply used it, without implying anything about the true meaning of the words, to outline a fundamental distinction that exists in mankind, between those who are fascinated by the infinite variety of things (foxes) and those who relate everything to a central all-embracing system (hedgehogs). When applied to Tolstoy, the image illuminates a paradox of his philosophy of history, and shows why he was frequently misunderstood by his contemporaries and critics. Tolstoy was by nature a fox, but he believed in being a hedgehog.