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Are there two protagonists in The Elegance of the Hedgehog?

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Posted September 24, 2011 at 1:54 PM via web

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Are there two protagonists in The Elegance of the Hedgehog?

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jgeertz | College Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted September 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM (Answer #1)

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Yes, there are two protagonists in The Elegance of the Hedgehog.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog was written by Muriel Barbery, a French writer and philosophy professor. The book centers around the lives of its two protagonists, Renee Michel and Paloma Josse.

Renee shares her story through a series of essays. She is a fifty-four year old widow who works as a concierge in an upscale Parisian apartment building.

Paloma, a precocious twelve year old girl, adds her story through a series of diary entries. She resides with her family in the same upscale Parisian apartment.

Changes in headings and font indicate a change in protagonists narrating as the novel unfolds. 

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