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Top 40 Book Club : 2011
18 19 Renee Michel is the concierge of a luxury Parisian apartment block. Her lowly position acts as a perfect cover to protect her individual pursuits; she devours Tolstoy and philosophy, enjoys Japanese cinema and listens to Mahler. Paloma Josse is 12 years old and lives with her bourgeois family in the same building. She struggles to find meaning in life and has decided to kill herself on her 13th birthday. Even with their extreme differences, these characters have a lot in common and are drawn together when a cultured Japanese man moves into the building. What follows is an enriching story about friendship, platonic love and philosophy. This enjoyable French bestseller has recently been adapted to the screen. ‘ . .. she struggles to find meaning in life and has decided to kill herself on her 13th birthday ... ThE ElEgancE oF ThE hEdgEhog // Muriel barbery // Book cluB reads Top