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.
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.
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!
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.