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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 : 9781609453206
Genre : Fiction
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An inspiring literary fantasy about two gifted girls from the bestselling author of The Elegance of the Hedgehog, The Life of Elves sings of the human spirit and conveys a message of hope and faith. Muriel Barbery's new novel is the first of two books about Maria and Clara, unforgettable heroines of a world facing annihilation. Animated by a large cast of endearing characters, it is a timeless story about the forces of good and evil and a moving meditation on the power of nature, music, art, storytelling, and love. When the harmony between living beings turns to discord, the seasons will be loosed from their moorings and the natural world thrown into disarray; human beings—no longer capable of feeling either empathy or enchantment—will abandon themselves to hate, violence, and war. An epic battle between forces that wish to reestablish harmony in the world and those that wish to shatter it definitively is being waged on earth and in the mysterious land of mist, where the elves dwell. A ragtag army of rural peasants gathers in readiness for the fight—their weapons, an age-old kinship with the land and an affinity for magic. But humankind cannot hope to win this battle alone. Victory depends on help from the inhabitants of a world that is hidden from human sight. Hope rests with Maria and Clara, two girls whose prodigious artistic talents and deep connections with nature make communion with the numinous realm possible. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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.

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.

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.

Foreign Soil

Author : Maxine Beneba Clarke
ISBN : 9781501136375
Genre : Fiction
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From a new voice in international fiction, a prize-winning collection of stories that cross the world—Africa, London, the West Indies, Australia—and express the global experience “with exquisite sensitivity” (Dave Eggers, author of The Circle). In this collection of award-winning stories, Maxine Beneba Clarke gives voice to the disenfranchised, the lost, and the mistreated. Her stories will challenge you, move you, and change the way you view this complex world we inhabit. Within these pages, a desperate asylum seeker is pacing the hallways of Sydney’s notorious Villawood detention centre; a seven-year-old Sudanese boy has found solace in a patchwork bike; an enraged black militant is on the war-path through the rebel squats of 1960s Brixton; a Mississippi housewife decides to make the ultimate sacrifice to save her son from small-town ignorance; a young woman leaves rural Jamaica in search of her destiny; and a Sydney schoolgirl loses her way. In the bestselling tradition of novelists such as Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Marlon James, this urgent, poetic, and essential work announces the arrival of a fresh and talented voice in international fiction.

The Woman Who Stole My Life

Author : Marian Keyes
ISBN : 9780718179571
Genre : Fiction
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International bestselling author Marian Keyes is bringing you another masterfully told story full of wit and charm. 'Name: Stella Sweeney. Height: average. Recent life events: dramatic.' One day, sitting in traffic, married Dublin mum Stella Sweeney attempts a good deed. The resulting car crash changes her life. For she meets a man who wants her telephone number (for the insurance, it turns out). That's okay. She doesn't really like him much anyway (his Range Rover totally banjaxed her car). But in this meeting is born the seed of something which will take Stella thousands of miles from her old life, turning an ordinary woman into a superstar, and, along the way, wrenching her whole family apart. Is this all because of one ill-advised act of goodwill? Was meeting Mr Range Rover destiny or karma? Should she be grateful or hopping mad? For the first time real, honest-to-goodness happiness is just within her reach. But is Stella Sweeney, Dublin housewife, ready to grasp it? Marian's stunning new novel The Woman Who Stole My Life is about losing the life you had and finding a better one. 'When it comes to writing page-turners that put a smile on your face and make you think, Keyes is in a class of her own' Daily Express 'Gloriously funny' The Sunday Times 'Keyes manages to have you alternately blubbing and belly-laughing to the final page' Company 'Not only is it a great story with funny, loveable characters, it made me laugh out loud' Stylist 'One of those rare books that will swallow up your day without realising it. Romantic and uplifting it won't fail to put a smile on your face. Marian Keyes is back to her best' The Daily Express 'A warm and hilarious page turner' Good Housekeeping 'Funny but poignant' Marie Claire 'A smart new drama from the awesome Marian Keyes' Heat 'Full of twists and turns, with warmth and humour on every page, it doesn't disappoint' Closer 'A modern fairy tale, it's full of Keyes's self-deprecating wit' The Sunday Mirror

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