EA novel by the French professor of philosophy Muriel Barbery. The book centers on a working-class concierge of an upscale apartment building in Paris, Renee Michel. She is an auto-didact of immense learning who deliberately conceals her intelligence. Her secret is discovered by a young resident of the building named Paloma. The novel is narrated alternately by each of these two characters.
First released in August 2006 by Gallimard, the novel became a bestseller of over a million copies.
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This book was stunning. Over the top at moments, slightly pretentious, but at the same time self-effacing, erudite, and class-conscious. Highly recommended to people who enjoy “thinking” or “contemplating life” as a past-time on Facebook, or to anyone who's interested in class culture.