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.


  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.

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

  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.