There is so much i could talk about with this book but i am concern about giving away too much of the story. I know a couple of people have read this and i'd be interested to know your opinions of this, if you don't want to leave a comment please email me, i have a button at the top of the blog to my email addy.
At the time of writting i haven't started my art, well i tell a lie i have drawn some random things in my art pad but i'm not happy with it. i think i am going to do a collage. I love paper and glue and I want to talk you through my idea for my art which i hope won't give away vital parts of the story but from the first part of the book i have had an idea of how i want my art to look.
The book uses modern totems throughout to describe people, classes and the stereotypes contained in it.
The first totem that is mentioned is the French Poodle, this is used to represent the low classes such as the concierge, who can be snappy, bad tempered and below the social standing of others they interact with.
The next modern totem mentioned is the Cat, in the book there are lots of Cat's the Concierge owns one called Leo, the new resident has 2 Kitty and Levin, Paloma has 2 cats. The cats represent the upper classes, they often think higher of themselves than those around them, but are lazy, only show affection when it benefits themselves which seems to fit many of the other residents. The concierge it could also be said thinks better of herself for not being a typical concierge.
there are other animals mentioned which are not necessarily totems but i want to include in my art and this animal is the Queen Bee, Paloma's older sister tells her a story of how the Queen Bee mates and i won't go in to details, but Paloma thinks this story isn't something her sister should go round telling people especially her boyfriends friends, how one females has to use a lot of males, this could be a totem of modern younger girls at university.
The final animal i want to use and how could a review of a book with Hedgehog in the title miss out. It is of course the hedgehog. The hedgehog is described as an outwardly prickly, using all their defences to hide their true personality whilst inside they are refined, good natured, a good friend and over all elegant.
If you do pick it up please keep at it, it's a slow burner but is worth it.
The art is still work in progress, i really need a picture of a hedgehog, google is not inspiring me.
I have already started my March book, its a Chick Lit book, it has nice big writing and i won't need a dictionary!
It's called the Vintage Tea Cup Club by ???
Have you read it? What did you think?
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