An excellent read. One that needs to be savored and read closely, like this quote: "What is so good about chocolate? The substance itself, or the technique of chewing it?"
This book is equal parts philosophy, Russian literature (I really want to read Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina again), Japanese influences, friendship and life lessons, all laid out in an enchanting tale that swept me away and was hard to put down once I started.
I definitely would recommend this one to others and might even revisit it again myself. I sort of wish I was fluent in French, so I could read this tale in its native language, as I'm sure it's even more beautiful that way, but this translation was very well done. Looking forward to reading more from Muriel Barbery in the future, since I have 20+ pages of notes from this book alone.