Monday, September 19, 2011

"the elegance of the hedgehog"

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.

3 comments:

  1. I felt the same way about this book - you have to be in the right mood for it, or you won't appreciate the philosophical sections or love those characters... I liked the musings on aesthetics and - of course - especially grammar.

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  2. I can agree with the timing being important--I read it for the correct month of book club but wasn't mentally ready...it's a bit heady!

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  3. Loved, loved this book. Loved the narrator. Loved the setting. Loved that at least one (and sadly, only one) of my fellow Bookies (book club name)also loved it. I guess it's not for everyone but I found it a joy to read.

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