Once more, we catch up with the delightful goings-on in the fictitious 44 Scotland Street from Alexander McCall Smith. With customary charm and deftness, Alexander McCall Smith gives us another instalment in this popular series, now running in its eighth season in The Scotsman.
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Alexander McCall Smith is unequalled as writer. His books are masterpieces – and Sunshine on Scotland Street does not disappoint. Psychologically, philosophically, sociologically and soulfully, The characters we have come to know and love in Edinburgh move forward on their journey with Smith's customary charm, wit and are fascinating. Bravo!
It's impossible to narrow it down to one memorable moment. -- every character has memorable moments throughout the book.
This is the only one I have heard to my millage.
Probably Bertie– And after dinner I would kidnap him! Smith has made looking into this child's mind pure delight.
I can recommend this book strongly enough! It's a must read! Thank you, Alexander McCall Smith, for making the literary world a much deeper, richer, brighter place.
The beginning of this book was most promising; I could happily have accompanied Angus and Domenica throughut the novel. We begin with Angus bumbling about on the morning of his wedding, and his delightful character sings. I was fine with following the many other characters about while Angus and Domenica embark on honeymoon, but I waited eagerly for their return. The book had a finality to it. I would enjoy following other characters--especially poor Bertie who needs to age a bit--but if not, I also feel satisfied and the series feels complete.
I am surprised at needing to make one critical comment. For some very strange reason, the author--not even disguised as a character--tirades against the world of felines so loved by many readers. As a cat owner, I observe, in Smith's unwarranted ramblings off-topic, an immensely inaccurate judgement and a sad lack of knowledge and experience with these gentle animals. He calls them non-trustworthy, non-adoring, and non-companiable! He couldn't be more misguided. In all of his writings it has appeared to me that Smith is a promoter of liberality and patience in dealing with ignorance and suggests, instead, pursuing understanding of characters--and, er--pets. While I am content to believe his tribute to dogs as companions is worthy of my respect, I am sad to see that he has never been held accountable for doing the same towards cats.
Anglophile. Prefer only British fiction and mysteries. Good translations of Italian, too.
Being able to spend time again with the cast of characters. I would have liked a bit more of Pat, but this series just keeps one wanting more and more.
The adventures of Bertie and the manipulative ways of Irene, his mum. It was entertaining that the husband finally stood up a bit. Comical, yet so real.
I also always like the attention AMS pays to architecture and societal customs and changes.
Yes, all in the series. He is talented.
This was answered above. In general, I cannot pin it down to one event. Not possible. The overall is the total of my enjoyment.
I only wish it was longer! I hope the next one will not take so very long to be available on Audible.
I thoroughly enjoy this series by Mr. McCall Smith. The narrator adds a great dimension of Scotland to the book. The characters are a delight to read about as they wrestle with life's problems.
One of the nicest things about Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street books is that the author is clearly very fond of his characters - and readers are, too! Bertie and the gang have been given really short shrift in this latest installment. A little more care and love, Mr. Mc.-S! The characters are worthy of fuller and more interesting happenings in their lives. And Bertie (and Stewart) must be liberated from the dreadful Irene!!
I love the way Robert Ian Mackenzie reads these. After listening to several in the series I feel I know the characters as he portrays them.
Probably when Bruce meets his double. There's lot of silly soap opera type stuff in these novels but in a good way.
Always Bertie. Such a sweet angel!
Life in Edinburgh
I'm on the last of these now - what will I do when it ends? Maybe listen to the whole series again!
If you like this series, you will like this book. I enjoy my visits to Edinburgh with these characters. Not much action, but quiet enjoyment.
I love the way Alexander McColl Smith writes. Many laughs with an enjoyable eye opening dabble of philosophy, psychology and plain truths. These books take me away from my life into a warm comfortable place. A real treat.
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