In what year does The Elegance of the Hedgehog take place?

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playsthething | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

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I don't believe that the book explicitly states a year that the story takes place.  In reading it, there was a feeling of a previous time period, but I think that was just because of the Old World type setting in the apartment building.  As a modern American, living in a building with a Concierge probably feels old-fashioned.

But, in spite of that, I believe that it is meant to be present-day Paris.  That is what lends it its charm - that these modern people still keep alive the older philosophies and literature.  Human connection is universal and not really rooted in any particular time.