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The Elegance of the Hedgehog [Chinese] by Muriel Barbery
The Elegance of the Hedgehog [Chinese]

lechatnoir, January 2, 2010

This is easily the best book I have read this year, and definitely in contention for best of the decade. I am a voracious reader, and generally jump from one book to the next within minutes, not to mention I usually have at least 2 going at a time. This one captivated me so much that I abandoned the second book, and needed a couple of days to "recover" from the beauty of this one before I was ready to move on! On a scale from 1 to 5, a 10!
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The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The Elegance of the Hedgehog

lechatnoir, June 23, 2009

This book actually stopped me in my tracks. In the summer I usually devour books at an insatiable pace, but this one hit me so hard that I had to stop and just enjoy its lasting effect. By turns funny, intelligent, satirical and profound, with an ending that left me in tears, it got to me in a way few newer works of literature have. Bravo to the author for such an amazing work!
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Enduring Love by Ian McEwan
Enduring Love

lechatnoir, May 4, 2008

What a page-turner! I first discovered McEwan when I saw the film Atonement, then read the novel on which it was based, and decided I wanted to read more by him. I was not disappointed. A great way to start the summer reading season!
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Avenue Montaigne (Widescreen)

lechatnoir, May 4, 2008

I LOVED this movie! It has some similarities with Le destin fabuleux d'Amélie Poulain, such as having a waitress for a main character and being filmed in Paris, but it's a completely different part of Paris, a very different waitress, and the film has a completely different feel. Like Amélie's, Jessica's story charms and warms the heart, but in a distinct way. This film is a fairy tale of a sort, sweet and romantic, with more than passing commentary on relationships, love and art, yet never so heavy that the viewer gets bogged down. Precious.
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Atonement by Ian Mcewan

lechatnoir, April 1, 2008

I saw the film before I read the book, which is rare for me since I almost always read the book first and save the movie for later. In this case, I was scarcely aware of Ian Mcewan's work before seeing this film, but I loved it so much that I couldn't wait to get the book! The book did not disappoint; to the contrary, as usually happens, it far outdid the movie. In fact, I have ordered two more books by Mcewan and I cannot wait to read them! His page-turning narration and plot development, along with his complex character development, keep the reader enthralled from beginning to end.
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