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Preview — Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith
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
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
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
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.
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
Corduroy Mansions is a building in Plimlico, London where the occupants of four flats interact over a short period of time. I try and figure out why his books are so good and I think it's because of McCall Smith's ability to get people so right. In their manner and dress and in what they think. It's very funny ...more
This book revolves around the residents of Corduroy Mansions and the people they are peripherally attached to. It is a rambling tale, spread out over 9 CDs, and has a somnambulant pace. The stories proceed in a roundabout fashion, with frequent digressions and the odd sorts of thoughts ...more
I didn't realise when I started reading that this book started life as a newspaper column. I imagine that, as a newspaper column it could have worked, but it didn't work so well as a novel. It was choppy and disjointed and mostly uninteresting. There was no main storyline, just a mix of snippets from various peoples' lives, and I think that too much was going on for it to work as a cohesive sto ...more
While slightly better written than the author's Scotland book, it's practically a carbon copy: a bunch of eccentric people living in an apartment building. Also like the book set in Scotland, there's a story concerning a painting that may or may not be a lost masterpiece. Also again, I was not su ...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