The Elegance of Barbery’s Prose

It is strange how some books are better read on paper than on the screen. The beautiful paperback edition of The Elegance of the Hedgehog that I received yesterday has a very different feel from the ebook. It might be that the paper version is better suited to pause and reflect on each page, or it might have been the magic of re-reading and rediscovering the book all over again.

“In a split second of eternity, everything is changed, transfigured. A few bars of music, rising from an unfamiliar place, a touch of perfection in the flow of human dealings–I lean my head slowly to one side, reflect on the camellia on the moss on the temple, reflect on a cup of tea, while outside the wind is rustling foliage, the forward rush of life is crystalized in a brilliant jewel of a moment that knows neither projects nor future, human destiny is rescued from the pale succession of days, glows with light at last and, surpassing time, warms my tranquil heart. ”
― Muriel Barbery, The Elegance of the Hedgehog

This is the kind of book which makes one want to walk into the pages, and live there.

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