The other night, I sat down to read this week’s installment of The Elegance of the Hedgehog for the read-a-long I’m participating in, and… I just couldn’t stop. I was so very captivated by the heart of this book. I will admit I’m quick to be moved to tears (I actually stopped wearing mascara a few years ago because I would be moved to tears so often I looked like a raccoon every day!) but it takes something huge to make me sob.
I cried the entire night reading this book, I cried afterward. I can barely look at my favorite quotes without choking up. I cried and cried and cried! I haven’t cried like this since reading The Time Traveler’s Wife (but I think I cried more this time)!
In short – this means I loved this book. It’s now firmly placed in the shelf where my heart and soul books live. David Copperfield. A Little Princess. Anne of Green Gables. Jane Eyre. I can’t wait to read it again. It’s full of so much vulnerability and emotion and beauty and love. I think it contains the secret of life, in fact:
“. . . maybe that’s what life’s all about: there’s a lot of despair, but also the odd moments of beauty, where time is no longer the same . . . [like] something suspended . . . an elsewhere . . . an always within a never.
Yes, that’s it, an always within a never.”
If you haven’t read it yet, please do. If you have, did you react like me?
(Tea figures large within this book. And you all know how much I love tea. Wonderful print available on etsy)