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The Forgotten Affairs Of Youth by Alexander McCall Smith
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Feb 01, 12

bookshelves: literary-novels
Read in January, 2012

For those of us who often wonder what’s going through other people’s heads, the Isabel Dalhousie series is a rare opportunity to find out. The reader is privy to the heroine’s interior monologue, which is sensitive, witty, and observant. Through the eyes of a cultured philosopher, nothing is dull, nothing ordinary, and the problems of life are, as she says, “convincingly outweighed by its possibilities.”

The amazing thing about Alexander McCall Smith is that several such characters—fully developed and delightfully round—live in his head. (The next in the Ladies’ No. 1 Detective Agency series will be out in April.) Surely his books are one of life’s most wonderful “guilty pleasures.”

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