The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
3. Japanese culture
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!