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The Elegance Of The Hedgehog

Author : Muriel Barbery
ISBN : 9781908313584
Genre : Fiction
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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.

The Life Of Elves

Author : Muriel Barbery
ISBN : 9781922253460
Genre : Fiction
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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

Author : Muriel Barbery
ISBN : 9781609452216
Genre : Fiction
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From the author of the New York Times bestseller, The Elegance of the Hedgehog. In the heart of Paris, in the posh building made famous in The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Pierre Athens, the greatest food critic in the world, is dying. Revered by some and reviled by many, Monsieur Arthens has been lording it over the world?s most esteemed chefs for years, passing judgment on their creations, deciding their fates with a stroke of his pen, destroying and building reputations on a whim. But now, during these his final hours, his mind has turned to simpler things. He is desperately searching for that singular flavor, that sublime something once sampled, never forgotten, the Flavor par excellence. Indeed, this flamboyant and self-absorbed man desires only one thing before he dies: one last taste. Thus begins a charming voyage that traces the career of Monsieur Arthens from childhood to maturity across a celebration of all manner of culinary delights. Alternating with the voice of the supercilious Arthens is a chorus belonging to his acquaintances and familiars?relatives, lovers, a would-be protégé, even a cat. Each will have his or her say about M. Arthens, a man who has inspired only extreme emotions in people. Here, as in The Elegance of Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery?s story celebrates life?s simple pleasures and sublime moments while condemning the arrogance and vulgarity of power.

La Elegancia Del Erizo

Author : Muriel Barbery
ISBN : 8432251186
Genre : Education
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En el número 7 de la calle Grenelle, un inmueble burgués de París, nada es lo que parece. Dos de sus habitantes esconden un secreto. Renée, la portera, lleva mucho tiempo fingiendo ser una mujer común. Paloma tiene doce años y oculta una inteligencia extraordinaria. Ambas llevan una vida solitaria, mientras se esfuerzan por sobrevivir y vencer la desesperanza. La llegada de un hombre misterioso al edificio propiciará el encuentro de estas dos almas gemelas. Juntas, Renée y Paloma descubrirán la belleza de las pequeñas cosas. Invocarán la magia de los placeres efímeros e inventarán un mundo mejor. La elegancia del erizo es un pequeño tesoro que nos revela cómo alcanzar la felicidad gracias a la amistad, el amor y el arte. Mientras pasamos las páginas con una sonrisa, las voces de Renée y Paloma tejen, con un lenguaje melodioso, un cautivador himno a la vida. Muriel Barbery se ha convertido en la revelación literaria en Francia. Su ternura y originalidad le han valido el Premio de los Libreros, el reconocimiento de la crítica y el cariño del público, que la ha situado en las listas de los libros más vendidos durante un año. «Un cuento moderno, refrescante e inteligente», Le Figaro; «La nostalgia atemporal de Marcel Proust y el frescor de Philippe Delerm... Divertida, inteligente... aérea como un haiku», L’Express; «Decir que Muriel Barbery tiene talento es quedarse corto... Tiene un humor devastador», Le Nouvel Observateur.

The Gourmet

Author : Muriel Barbery
ISBN : 1906040265
Genre : Food critics
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France’s greatest food critic is dying, after a lifetime in single-minded pursuit of sensual delights. But as Pierre Arthens lies on his death bed, he is tormented by an inability to recall the most delicious food to ever pass his lips, which he ate long before becoming a critic. Desperate to taste it one more time, he looks back over the years to see if he can pin down the elusive dish.Revealing far more than his love of great food, the narration by this larger-than-life individual alternates with the voices of those closest to him and their own experiences of the man.Muriel Barbery’s gifts as an evocative storyteller are put to mouth-watering use in this voluptuous and poignant meditation on food and its deeper significance in our lives.A delectable treat to savour.

Gourmet Rhapsody

Author : Muriel Barbery
ISBN : 1933372958
Genre : Fiction
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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.

The Little Paris Bookshop

Author : Nina George
ISBN : 9780349140360
Genre : Fiction
File Size : 77. 10 MB
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The international bestseller, translated from the German by Simon Pare. On a beautifully restored barge on the Seine, Jean Perdu runs a bookshop; or rather a 'literary apothecary', for this bookseller possesses a rare gift for sensing which books will soothe the troubled souls of his customers. The only person he is unable to cure, it seems, is himself. He has nursed a broken heart ever since the night, twenty-one years ago, when the love of his life fled Paris, leaving behind a handwritten letter that he has never dared read. His memories and his love have been gathering dust - until now. The arrival of an enigmatic new neighbour in his eccentric apartment building on Rue Montagnard inspires Jean to unlock his heart, unmoor the floating bookshop and set off for Provence, in search of the past and his beloved.

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