Charlotte Reads Classics

Slowly, slowly, she sipped a sentence.

Elegant Hedgehogs

The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery

1. Philosophy

2. Tolstoy

3. Japanese culture

4. Language

If you like any or all of these things, and have a passing interest in french literature, dark comedy, or reading something original, you’ll like this. I read it in more or less a day (breaks at work and the journey from/to home) and it really brightened up what would have been rather ordinary. At first I didn’t like it, but once I got used to her style, there is a shocking amount to think over – Barbery manages to capture a hell of a lot of humanity in a relatively short book!

The Crimson Petal and the White

The Crimson Petal and the White, Michel Faber

I finished 838 pages of pure perfection and immediately went and bought my own copy. Instantly makes my top five books of all time. I read it getting sadder and sadder because each page I turned I would never read for the first time again!  Briefly, it is about a prostitute called Sugar, her sugar daddy, his mad wife, his wannabe reverend brother, his unattainable love…. Not to mention a historical romp around victorian london. I keep trying to write a review but I just cannot do it justice. Just trust me, this is truly excellent.