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In the words of Alexander McCall Smith: "You feel the rocking of the train, you hear the sound of its wheels on the rails; you are in the world rather than suspended somewhere above it. And sometimes there are conversations to be had, which is what the overarching story in this collection is all about. It is a simple device: people brought together entertain one another with tales of what happened to them on trains. It takes place on a journey I frequently make myself and know well, the journey between Edinburgh and London. It is best read on a train, preferably that one."

©2013 Alexander McCall Smith (P)2013 Recorded Books

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  • sharon
  • san diego, california, United States
  • 07-20-14

Loved It

This book is written somewhat in the style of the 44 Scotland Street Stories. It consists of 4 different stories told in chapters each going back and forth between four passengers riding together on a train.. Each story very different but with a central theme, Love. Likeable characters made the stories they shared very entertaining.

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  • Jennifer
  • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • 08-25-13

Nice, but somehow left hanging

I am wondering if Alexander McCall Smith intends to revisit these characters again. Their stories are satisfying and thought-provoking, but one is left wondering what will happen to the characters in the future.

The stories are supposed to be as told by strangers on a train, yet the narrators have very similar styles. They tell their stories in much too complex a manner, with events from years ago told in great detail, with even the conversations sounding as if they just happened yesterday. In one case, conversations are recounted third hand - the narrator was not even alive at the time, and the person speaking is not her father. Yet, every word was there. I often found myself wondering - is the person actually speaking, or is this supposed to be a flashback?

Not one of his best, but still, hard to resist.

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About love and life ...

I find Alexander McCall Smith my dearest author these days. What I appreciate most is his insight into the human condition and relationships.

This book is shorter than most of his works, but it packs the most wonderful exposition on the subject of Love that I have read in a long time.

I recommend this book highly for its touching and particularly meaningful story.

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Slow start to a satisfying journey on the train

This started so slowly that I almost gave up, but once the (4) passengers began to share their stories, I was pulled along with them on their journey. I was charmed by each story.

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