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The Charming Quirks of Others by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jan 13, 11

Read in January, 2011

I admit it--I'm an Alexander McCall-Smith addict! I've read everything he's written thus far, and eagerly await each new volume. His wisdom about human nature is acute--this volume has a couple of wonderful quotes about love: "We do not need to look for reasons for love. It is simply there; it comes upon us without invitation, without reason sometimes; it surprises us when we are least expecting it, when we think that our hearts are closed or that we are not ready, or we imagine that it will never happen to us because it has not happened before. But if I were to ask myself why I love you, or perhaps try to find what is the main cause of my being in love with you, perhaps it is because you are generous of spirit. It is not because you are beautiful; not because I see perfection in your features, in your smile, in your litheness—all of which I do, of course I do, and have done since the moment I first met you. It is because you are generous in spirit; and may I be like that; may I become like you—which realistic wish, to become the other, is such a true and revealing symptom of love, its most obvious clue, its unmistakable calling card." Also "…loving anything with all your heart always brings understanding, in time." Both quotes are from the main character, Isabel Dalhousie.
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Graeme Roberts Me too, Libby. I can't stop and will keep rereading when I'm done.


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