Saturday, March 21, 2009

Finally finding the hedgehog

Today, I finally found that one book I've been looking for several weeks now -- Muriel Barbery's The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I've heard lots of good things about this book, and I can't wait to see if it's worth the hype.

I found Barbery's novel in the National Bookstore Megamall branch. I asked a saleslady if they still have the book in stock. Lo and behold, 10 minutes later, she was miraculously holding the book and giving it to me.

I do hope you can still get a copy. I've checked most of the bookstores in Manila and I couldn't find a copy. I was even wondering where the saleslady in Megamall found one, since I didn't see the book in the shelves.

I don't think we get to read enough world literature. Most of the time, we're happy with American or British novels. Sometimes, there's an Indian novel that everyone carries around. The Indian "it" novels today are Aravind Adiga's Booker prize winning The White Tiger and Vikas Swarup's Q&A (now titled Slumdog Millionaire for obvious reasons).