my take: i accidentally started reading this just after finishing our lady of the lost and found and was profoundly annoyed by the tone of the narrator. too similar. when i realized my error - hedgehog was for the next month's book club - i happily quit & replaced on the 'to read' pile. when i began re-reading it a month later, i was delighted and captivated by the voices in hedgehog. which just goes to show you, timing is everything.
the writing is beauty-full, vocabulary-full, and philosophy-full. i fell in love with the quirky characters and wept at the unexpected ending. walking through paris neighborhoods this summer, i was reminded of the characters who live at 7 rue de grenelle. they are not easy to forget.
my source: anne, book chicks
my rating: excellent. quiet. worth a try or two.