Corduroy Mansions (Corduroy Mansions #1)
A delightful new settingâLondonâa wonderful new cast of characters and one incredibly clever dog.
Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London’s vibrant Pimlico neighborhood and the home turf of a captivating collection of quirky and altogether McCall-Smithian characters. There’s the middle-aged wine merchant William,
I haven't read any of the 44 Scotland Street series, but Corduroy Mansions is based on the same kind of pri ...more
This book is largely interesting for the characters in it. Nothing earth-shattering happens (with one exception), but ...more
Just like 44 Scotland Street, Corduroy Mansions is split into flats - the top flat inhabited bynny William the wine merchant (Master of Wine, failed), the middle one by four young women (Caroline, Dee, Jenny and Jo), and the ground floor by accountant Basil Wickramsinghe.
William is keen to ...more
After discovering this is a series, it made sens ...more
Enter, stage left - or in this case, online - Alexander McCall Smith. Corduroy Mansions is the first book in the fifth series from the astoundingly prolific Scottish author, who dabbles in medical law in his spare(?) time. The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, set in Botswana, chronicles the life of the wonderfu ...more
While the book lacks a sweeping plot, it is made up of a series of vignettes featuring the various characters. We meet William, the 50-something wine merchant. And Berthea Snark, the psycho-analyst who hates her son Oedipus. And Freddie de la Hay, a vegetarian terrier. And a whole host o ...more
There are precisely one hundred chapters here, but they are all very short, someti ...more
Each character is a carbon copy of the next, there is nothing unique about any, the dialogue of each is identical making it difficult to give individual characters their own voice, and also, the characters are very similar to those in other books by the Author which is particularly disappointing, there seems to have been no imagination when writing this, it is very lazily and poorly written. ...more
Oedipus the malevolent MP is just one of a cast of nearly two dozen idiosyncratic characters living in or connected to a block of flats known as Corduroy Mansions in London. In the end there is no mystery, no ...more
On the top floor is William and we join him as he is trying to gain his freedom to live 'alone.' His Son, Eddie, 24yrs old, rather stay at home and live off him. Life, of course, interferes with Williams ideas.
This is a character driven novel with plenty of humour and poignant moments and I found myself generally smiling throughout and interested in what the characters were doing next.
Lovely book and I will cotinue following the characer's lives in book 2
Corduroy Mansions is entirely about characters, and there are loads of weird, crazy, kooky, and misunderstood ones living in and associated with the block of flats nicknamed Corduroy Mansions. This is not a book for someone more interested in plot/story, however. Do not expect the story to go anywhere, just try to enjoy the ...more
Great ending - nothing splashy just a nice subtle message that broug ...more