Category Archives: Barbery (Muriel)

Whisky, an Ethereal Marchioness

Muriel Barbery’s ecstatic descriptions of food in “Gourmet Rhapsody” enhance our eating experiences.

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A Biological Explanation for Literature

At one point, the protagonist of The Elegance of the Hedgehog tackles this blog’s central question: “Of what use is literature?” Renee is a materialist who doesn’t believe in a transcendent reality. For her, literature (and art in general) is a sophisticated biological survival mechanism.

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Bin Laden’s Sunset, Elegant Hedgehogs

Bin Laden in his mansion conjures up images of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard. And Muriel Barbery’s Elegance of the Hedgehog gives a perspective on eclectic film tastes.

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