As summer blooms in Edinburgh's gardens, and Bertie Pollock's birthday appears on the horizon, all at 44 Scotland Street is not cake and sunshine. Newlywed Angus Lordie has been booked by his bride into what he must not call the loony bin; Bruce’s first encounter with hot wax brings more anguish than he bargained for; and Bertie's birthday dreams of scout camp and a penknife look set to be replaced by a game of Royal Weddings and a gender-neutral doll. But fate, an amorous Bedouin, and the Dubai Tourist Authority conspire to transport Bertie's mother, Irene, to a warmer--if not a better--place, and once again on Scotland Street the triumph of human kindness over adversity gives cause for celebration.
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Oh the joy of visiting Edinburgh with McCall Smith as he observes the absurd, the kind, the lonely, the ridiculous and the obnoxious … all appropriate adjectives for the various characters who reside at, or are former residents of, 44 Scotland Street and its environs. If you have not read this series I strongly recommend that you begin at the beginning and learn to know and, at times, love the various personalities. Bertie seems to be trapped in amber as it has taken him much longer than the average child to reach the lofty age of seven ….. he has been six for years! Get out your Spode china, set a tray for tea (this will make sense as you read the book) and relax as you enter the other worldliness that exists in McCall Smith's Edinburgh … be prepared for laugh out loud moments, poignant moments, and the pure bliss of Cyril getting drunk!
Favorite author: Alexander McCall Smith Favorite narrator: Gerard Doyle Favorite listen : Burton and Swinburne Trilogy
As Dr McGregor says "even the most dull story can be fascinating". That is Alexander McCall Smith gift to us to make the ordinary extraordinary. Once again I am inspired and saddened by Angus Lordy poetry because that puts an end to another chapter at 44 Scotland St. This time the party is a birthday party for a young man who has wanted to be 7 for a long time. Due to strange and hilarious circumstances he was able to have a little boys party without Irene's interference. Elsewhere: Pat may have found love. Bruce met his match. Matt and Elspeth learns it takes a village (cottage). Even Big Lou may have found unconditional love. Every story was enjoyable.
Warning: Nothing happens in this book!
For those of you who love McCall Smith's Mma Ramotswe series, this series is not a guarantee. I grant that I jumped in at the end of a series. Even still, it was less eventful than a 1980s sutcom. It is very well written, and the narration was great, but it was SO boring!
Now I'm really going to spoil it for you. In this book, there is gossip among elementary students, a nun comes to visit and bores people with her proverbs, an apartment gets renovated, a guy waxes his chest and decides not to ask the waxer out on a date, and on and on and on, culminating in...a birthday party! snore.
I understand that some people like this sort of everyday story, looking into people's lives. I really love McCall Smith's "No. 1 Ladies' Detective" series, do I thought I would try another series of his. The only the it has in common is that they are both very well-written. I'm returning it, because I'm certainly never going to listen to it again.
Love a good mystery, but don't care much for pure thrillers.
I saw that readers gave this the most favorable rating of any in this series, so I thought I'd give it a shot. What a disappointment! It seemed more like a collection of character vignettes than a well-formulated novel. Each character seems to be an extreme of some type of personality-a kind of cartoonish caricature. Smith is a good writer, and there are spots of humor, but mostly they take the form of literary slapstick, which gets tiresome very fast. For me, the journey was not rewarding. I probably would not have finished had the narrator (Mackenzie) not been excellent. I won't be trying others in this series.
The character and changes in Bertie forces to wish that something happens to the mother and seeing the growth in Stewart is really enlightening
Big Lou- She seems more down to earth and sensible than others.
I have listen to Robert Ian Mackenzie often and really enjoy all of them.
The development of Pat and her relationship with her father.
Another great installment full of the run on jokes that have extended throughout the series as well as nuggets of wisdom tucked in among a heartwarming storyline.
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