Order This Book OnlineThe Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery, is a story pieced together using beautiful, clever essay-like meditations by the concierge of a very fine and elegant ‘hotel particulier’ in Paris, and the daughter of one of the building’s aristocratic tenants. They offer thoughts about life, death, Art and meaning that shatter the old-time myth: that true brilliance and cultured minds come only from the formally educated and wealthy.