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s Smith s writing that brings a smile to my face Having read all of Smith s writing that brings a smile to my face Having read all of No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and adored them I was hoping to find this series appealing as well and I certainly do Meeting these Scottish characters is like sitting down to share a cup of coffee with a group of friends Normally
the tangents some of these characters take would feel irrelevant and make me tangents some of these characters take would feel irrelevant and make me rather impatient but I was willing to ramble anywhere in the city and cover any subject with these folks I ust wanted to spend time with them I like Pat too She s a realistic sympathetic character and I look forward to sharing new experiences with her ALexander McCall Smith s setting of a historical apartment building and street in modern Edinburgh Scotland is a perfect background to present his cast of characters and their uniue personalities These are characters you love hate or scratch your head at There are snippets of insight throughout with an abundance of references to philosophy paintings books and writings Big Lou s reading project and conversations contributes a great deal to this There are introductions about Scottish writers and artists the city of Edinburgh and the country of Scotland Edinburgh rates itself above GlasgowThis is a charming peaceful addicting read that originally appeared as a serial in the Scottish press Recommended for lovers of a tiny plot and evolving characters Surprised at how much I enjoyed this really surprised Before you read this review make some tea get cosy because you are about to take a sneak peek into other people s lives The young rarely believe that they will not be able to get what they want because there is always an open future I have to admit that I am always a bit curious as to how my next door neighbours live how they act behind closed doors what they eat for dinner what books are on their bookshelves and ust the general curiosity Well if you have that burning itch to snoop this book is most definitely for you the way the author captured the lifestyle of a small apartment building and the inhabitants were simply exuisite The premise of the book follows Pat a young na ve 20something year old girl who moved out of her parent s house because Independence and on her search for a place to stay she comes across space at 44 Scotland Street Her life takes an interesting turn when she meet Bruce Her Roommate who is a narcissistic womaniser Domenica A Writer Anthropologist who knows all the neighbour s dirty laundry Erica pushy Stockbridge mother and her prodigiously talented five year old son who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian Matthew Her New Boss who is struggling to keep his Art Gallery Business afloat And we follow each individual as they interact with one another as well as face their life struggles induvialThe characters were so lifelike and the dialogue between them felt genuine The witty banter present in the writing was sharp and had this dry humour that had me bursting out in public I appreciate a book that could genuinely make me laugh and this one accomplished that goal so effortlessly It still had its interesting moments of human psychology as some of the character s philosophies shown without being too direct eg Disturbing Parental ways Failed dreams self discovery and so much A mystery about a certain painting is present but be weary the mystery doesn t drive the book but the individuals do Daughters could survive a powerful mother but boys found it almost impossible Such boys were often severely damaged and spent the rest of their lives running away from their mothers or from anybody who remotely reminded them of their mothers either that or they became their mothers in a desperate misguided act of psychological self defence I really had one problem with the book the forced attraction between Pat and Bruce was off putting and ust too confusing It made the female character appear very weak and needy which was Riding Hard ju. 44 SCOTLAND STREET Book 1The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical wonderfully perceptive serial novels featuring six year old Bertie a remarkably precocious boyust ask his mother Welcome to 44 Scotland Street home to some of Edinburgh's most color.
DOWNLOAD ☆ PAYDAYLOANSBSB.CO.UK ¼ Alexander McCall SmithCters whom it s been interesting to get to know I wish I d known before purchasing this for my kindle that it was originally published as a daily newspaper serial Being prolific obviously comes easily to McCall and he accepted this challenge with no second thoughts comparing himself to Dickens whose novels were also originally published as serials but Mccall does a
DISSERVICE TO THE READER TOO MANY CHARACTERS WITH TOOto the reader Too many characters with too stories some of which never become resolved And most of these characters are one dimensional I was especially irked by the young woman who thinks her flatmate is a Arabian Challenge jerk but can t resist his physical beauty Do any women really think this way Sounds like a man to meI believed whether it was true or not that I could see McCall at night biting his lip while he thought up another so many words to have it at the newspaper in timeWhile not enjoying this aspect of the book I can t help but be impressed by this writer s vocabulary fluid style and general knowledge I wish he d slow down surely he s earned enough by now and write one long great novel I was reading a paperback edition and then starting with chapter 40 page 103 of 325 I started simultaneously listening to the audio CDs as I read the book I do enjoy reading that wa What happens when Isabel Dalhousie with all her innate sense of decency walking and chatting merrily with the less trusting but similarly practical and charming Mma Ramotswe turns a corner of a pleasant street and comes SMACK DAB INTO OUR CHAOTIC POSTMODERNIST JUNGLEThey wake up And they loosen upFor yes if you re living in a zany world like the rest of us why not be a little zany Yourself That doesn t mean you have to set aside your scruples Gilles Deleuze when younger and before he was plunged into the terminal nightmare of COPDuxtaposed the traditional with the zanily postmodernist very handily indeedFor postmodernist thought in no wise precludes levityAnd so one imagines realizes the inveterately sensible and polite Alexander McCall Smith turning a staid and placid corner of sedate old Edinburgh and coming unawares upon some of the Road Kill of modern lifeSo why did he suddenly changeAnd particularly why NOW when his fame and enormous royalties have put him into the class of MUST READ COZY MYSTERY AUTHORS A supernova in an otherwise predictably gleaming literary night skyPersonally I think maybe one of his retired academic legal cronies one day stared him in the eye over a few pints of dark brown Guinness an muttered Aye Sandy me
Lad Yer Rich An Famousyer rich an famous why not now GET WI THE TIMES And Sandy was thus taken aback uaffed his remaining few suds and went home to start WRITING UP A STORMI know fanciful But even lowly GR hacks like me are entitled to a little poetic licenceWhen I first read this I was shocked by the apparent chaos of this seriesBut now well you know I think it s FUNAnd now so I m ready for SandyNext round s on me matey Sixty pages into this book I stopped and looked at the back of it What was it about again Did the same thing sixty pages later When I finally closed the back cover I realized that this is a book about nothing It s Seinfeld in EdinburghMcCall Smith did this serial novel for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh Each chapter is short about 9 inches of copy for a daily newspaper runAnd what he s created is this wonderful and funny character study Like Seinfeld nothing much happens but you really really enjoy the ride He had so much fun doing this book that he continued the series and did a second volume I hadn t intended to read the second volume but upon finishing this first one I marched right out and bought Espresso Tales I had to find out what happened to these hilarious characters the narcissist surveyor the hesitant heroine the incompetent gallery owner the eccentric portrait painter with the gold toothed dog the domineering mother of the five year old prodigy The characters are the strength of this series and I think I might be hooked for a whil. Rn the saxophone and italian–all at the tender age of fiveLove triangles a lost painting intriguing new friends and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are ust a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society which was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper. St another train wreck Other than that the book was such a pleasure from alcoholic dogs to Interesting characters and ust hilarious scenes would highly recommend it About Author The small fact this
Book Was Originally Serialisedwas originally serialised a chapter was realised each week in an Edinburgh newspaperThanks for Reading So until next time stay Bookish I ve ust finished this book and I m absolutely enchanted with it The title of the last chapter sums it up Gain Loss Friendship Love What could one ask 44 Scotland Street is a gentle book like murmured conversation about fascinating things The characters are real than many people I ve met in the flesh After the last page is read you feel that they continue on without you as in lifeLiterary fiction is like art I suppose you either love it or you don t I loved it Alexander McCall Smith writes a certain type of novel A cosy sandwiches and scones for afternoon tea type of book It s a tone that doesn t vary whether it is set in wet and gloomy Scotland or the glorious sun filled vistas of Botswana He also has a definite turn of phrase that is uite uniue but sometimes it seems to be done because he is so delighted in himself and the cosy world he s created than for moving the stories forward or revealing the characters fully I enjoyed the The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series until it ran out of steam The same characters without anything new to add to them so they become caricatures of themselves And always in the same settings with the same very tiny and unimportant plots The excellent writing wasn t enough to induce me to read yet another one after about the sixth or seventh And so I see it with this book Another situation another cosy character or three and a very small storyline This book was ok but I m not going to read the series I ll stop here 45 stars I forgot how much I really enjoy this series Is it as great as the No 1 Ladies Detective no but what is This is very close Why do I love it1 AMS is a soul author for me He is someone I trust I feel I know him I am safe with him It doesn t matter what is going on I know he won t let me down I could say this about any book
he writes sight unseen 2 His characters the likable ones which are neariy all of them arewrites sight unseen 2 His characters the likable ones which are neariy all of them are people I enjoy hearing their thoughts They are kind and always know the right thing to do or say I am often moved by what they do 3 In this series there are two psychiatrists a writer an artist an anthropologist an art dealer a wine merchant there are interesting people I often learn something from It s kind of like someone serving a salad and they sprinkled some cool spices on it first Makes it better than you expected 4 AMS lives in Edinburgh and a friend once told me I would love it if I ever went there I hope I get to see it one day but ust in case I don t I feel I have been there because Edinburgh almost becomes a character in this series 5 There are a couple of main characters in here that I am really pulling for They are under 21 both of them and they are good souls And I want good things to happen tofor them And this is a big part of the reason I keep reading and now rereading these books That pretty much sums it up I think The audio version is performed by a man can t recall his name sorry who does an ok ILLERAMMA Kathalu job I don t like the way he performs most of the women And I read mostly by listening so this is a small issue for me However will I stop listening Nope Just putting it out there in case it might matter to you In short I love you Alexander McCall Smith Especially now for so many reasons America loves you We appreciate your good natured self and your wisdom and your culture and your decency and social butterflied ness You are a good man Thank you for writing so many books to keep us busy Long live AMSFirst read 2010I enjoyed this and will definitely continue with the series Think of this as a soap opera without the smut It follows the lives of several residents of a building in Scotland Very interesting chara. Ful characters There's Pat a twenty year old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance Their neighbor Domenica is an eccentric and insightful widow In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie who is the victim of his mother’s desire for him to lea.