The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
This is originally a french book that has been translated into English. In this book we follow Renee, the concierge for a posh building, and Paloma, a 12yr old genius who has decided to kill herself on her 13th birthday. Renee may seem like your average lower class older woman but secretly she harbors a love of literature and art and high class fancy stuff(minus the snobbery and such). Continue reading “(48) The Elegance of the Hedgehog // Bookish Blurb”
2am at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino
The basic premise of the book is that nine year old Madeleine want to sing at the Cat’s Pajamas which is a Philadelphia jazz club. I really wanted to like Madeleine, I really really wanted to but I just had a hard time doing so. I can appreciate her talents and that her life has been really hard and unfair but seriously, she acts like a rebellious 15 yr old.
Some of the other key characters include Sarina, Madeleine’s lonely teacher who is in love with a married man, and Lorca, the owner of the Cat’s Pajamas.
This was another book on that list of happy books and I’m kind of puzzled by that since it’s really not that much of a happy book. Continue reading “(13) 2 am at the Cat’s Pajamas // Bookish Blurb”
The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide (translated by Eric Selland)
At some point I ran out of books to read so I went online and found this list of happy books because I am always on the hunt for good books that aren’t also depressing. This book was the first book from that list that I started reading
It’s a Japanese novella that has been translated into English. Typical (I think) of a lot of Japanese stuff, this novella is very much about the details and is overall very like calm and descriptive and contemplative. The story (as much as there is one) is about a man and his wife and the neighbor’s cat who visits them. Continue reading “(11)The Guest Cat // Bookish Blurb”