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The Elegance of the Hedgehog

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Set in Paris in an elegant apartment building, Renee, the concierge, is witness to the vacuous life of her many employers. Outwardly she conforms to the stereotype of a concierge: obese, grumpy, a television addict.
However, Renee is educated. She loves art, philosophy, music and Japanese culture. With humour and wit, she scrutinizes the lives of the buildings tenants who barely notice her.... read more
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Description: Renee 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 facade lies the real Renee: 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, Renee lives resigned to her lonely lot with only her cat for com ... (more)
Manufacturer: Europa Editions
Release date: 2 September 2008
ISBN-10 : 1933372605 | ISBN-13: 9781933372600
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