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Lettera d'amore alla Scozia

(44 Scotland Street #3)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,436 ratings  ·  632 reviews
Al numero 44 di Scotland Street ci sono grandi cambiamenti. Domenica è partita per lo stretto di Malacca con l’intento di condurre una ricerca antropologica sui pirati e a occupare l’appartamento del quarto piano è arrivata la sua amica Antonia. Bruce si è trasferito a Londra e Pat, la sua simpatica inquilina, ha dovuto cambiare casa. Dopo ben due anni sabbatici, ha ...more
Paperback, Narratori della Fenice, 360 pages
Published October 31st 2012 by Guanda (first published 2006)
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Ken Deshaies
Jul 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't help myself. I start one of Smith's novels thinking something like, "Well, this will just be more of the same." Forgetting, of course, how much I enjoyed the last one. Before you know it, I'm laughing out loud and find I have a hard time putting the book down to, say, sleep. His sense of humor is consistent, and Bertie continues to be an absolute kick. Bertie's adventures are both amazingly unbelievable and believable. Sounds ridiculous, I know, but for a kid who has an interest in ...more
Oct 25, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who wants a clean, uplifting read and appreciates series fiction
Recommended to Laura by: Jon and Jennifer
Second read, 2018:

Alexander McCall Smith's books are restorative, like meditation, prayer or time with nature. They fill you up and restore your belief in the world in general and human beings, in particular.

This series is different from his No. 1 Ladies series, but they are the same in that both are populated with wise people you learn a lot from, and explore a country, at least for Americans, that is less familiar in Scotland.

I just love Alexander McCall Smith and it seems that, at least
Aug 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another gentle offering from Edinburgh. And it's rather nice, what with death, disease, global warming, and possible financial disaster in the headlines, to escape into the more manageable problems of those living in and around 44 Scotland Street.

The last "44 Scotland Street novel" I read was The World According to Bertie, which takes place after this one, but it doesn't matter. The characters in these novels lead busy lives with plenty of time for reflection. Here's an example I particularly
Oct 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really love this series, it makes me smile. The daily lives of a group of not so ordinary individuals may not seem like the stuff of great writing but in the hands of Alexander McCall Smith it truly is. I have come to love his characters and follow their exploits keenly and look forward to picking up with Angus, Bertie, Domenica et al in the near future.
Donna Radcliff
I'm going to hang this series up for now. To be honest, I don't care about most of the characters; not Pat and Matthew, or Big Lou, certainly not Antonia Collie, or Domenica and Angus (though the world seen through Clive's canine eyes was pretty good). It got to the point that I was just reading the chapters about Bertie. Those were great. However, I keep waiting for Bertie to dissociate and his evil side would exact a terrible revenge on his mother that includes much pain and blood. Even ...more
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, scottish
Alexander McCall Smith is my go-to author when I need a comfort read, especially his 44 Scotland Street series. I wasn’t particularly in need of being comforted (but had recently read Dostoyevsky, which comes to the same thing), and once in a while I love dipping my toes into a cosy atmosphere of companionship and philosophical tittle tattle, which is exactly what this book offers.

It is the third installment of the series, and we follow the usual suspect in the Scottish capital through all the
Zen Cho
Jul 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comfortreading
I find it difficult to understand why people dislike Alexander McCall Smith. I can kinda see them not getting the point (I can't get the point of Henry James, which is much more literarily embarrassing), but I'm not sure why you'd dislike him. I guess you might find him twee?

Anyway, I love his books. The Two and a Half Pillars of Wisdom is still my favourite, because it is the perfect example of the kind of gentle absurdity I think he is best at, and because I read it at a time when I badly
Sep 18, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 02, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
What I learned: Don't be fooled by having like an author's previous books that the next one will be good, too.

I picked this up at the library to have a small "purse" book to take along to a doctor appointment.

Yow! What a let down. This book isn't worth your time. He has a series of characters and rotates between them - you know that technique. But the end of the book I was skipping through all but one of the story lines, and I didn't care much about that one.

Read a better book! Or clean house.
Denise Spicer
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author strings together lovely little vignettes and gives us his usual musings together with amusing anecdotes which all together make for an entertaining, even thought-provoking, read. He gives a beautiful eulogy (p. 301-303) of an ordinary man. The mostly endearing characters (with a few unpleasant ones) are all interesting. Especially charming is little six-year-old prodigy Bertie –Pierre on his Parisian excursion and Angus’ dog Cyril. Illustrated by Iain McIntosh.
Mar 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my view, this is one of the best so far in this great series. Delightful, charming, and often extremely funny. Just the tonic needed during a difficult week.
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor
I am thoroughly enjoying listening to the 44 Scotland Street stories: they are the perfect audiobook for driving to and from places, since they aren't a traditionally plotted novel, but a series of interconnected vignettes that are short enough to finish one or two by the time I get to my destination, and not feel too distressed about stopping the story for a while. Fortunately, there were fewer long-winded explanations of philosophy or history or a boring character's monologuing in this volume ...more
Feb 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate to say it, but this book bored me witless.
This is the first in the series I have read, and I picked it up from a hotel reception as there was nothing else.
The book does give a description of what happened in the last installment at the beginning, so felt that it would be fine to pick up half way through, and it was. The story was easy to follow, it was just very very boring.
I was expecting a soap opera type theme, but there was no scandal, no excitement with any of the characters, they
I think I have learned enough about these characters in the first two books. Upon picking this book up I found myself bored with the characters. Pat is no longer living at 44 Scotland St and lost my interest when her immaturity began to show in the second book. Bruce, who I loved to be annoyed by is in London and Domenica is off chasing pirates. I am bored. The only one I wanted to see more about is little Bertie, but I just could not get myself to push through to see his parts. Maybe one day I ...more
Feb 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read 44 Scotland Street, the first book in this series quite a while ago. The title is the address of an apartment block in what is known as Edinburgh's New Town. The first book was primarily about some tenants of the apartment block. Pat is an art student who works part time at Matthew's art gallery. Irene and Stuart are a young couple in the same apartment block. They have a gifted young son called Bertie. Another resident, Domenica, is a social scientist.

There are short chapters that carry
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My actual review is 3.5-stars. I found Love Over Scotland to be a compilation of stream of conscious ramblings, as often the characters and their lives do not seem to be filled with illumination or anything substantial. But, then again, we are seeing lives unfold, exactly as they might on any ordinary day, in a given hour, and in any home or person's surroundings. Who is to say that others might not judge our lives to be boring, and not worthy of our attention. What is mundane or not substantial ...more
Laurel Bradshaw
This is supposed to be a reread of the 44 Scotland Street series, but none of the plot points were at all familiar to me. I would surely have remembered Cyril being stolen, Bertie trying out for the Edinburgh Teenage Orchestra, Domenica among the pirates in Malaysia, Angus inviting Antonia to dinner and drinking all the wine before she arrived, Big Lou realizing that Eddie is no good, and Matthew and Stewart seeking the aid of Lard O'Connor to get her money back from him. Not to mention Bertie ...more
Beth Knight
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-it
4.5 stars. I loved this book so much and have decided I not only need to read the remaining nine books in this series, but every single book Alexander McCall Smith has written. In talking with my friend Laura, who's also a big fan of AMS, I've decided his writing is a cure-all. As Laura said, "his books are like medicine", and they are. The characters he creates are vivid and multi-dimensional. In reading about their lives and their day-to-day "goings-on" I feel like I know them thoroughly and ...more
Cynthia Egbert
Well, the character that I couldn't stand has passed away and so that is promising for further offerings in the series. There is really only one human character and one dog that I appreciate in this series but I adore the voice of the audio reader, with his comfy brogue, so this has become my go-to in the car. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series as it is titled The World According to Bertie and Bertie, the world's most fascinating six year old is the reason I am still ...more
Sarah Ronk
Nov 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite in the series so far. Found myself wanting to talk to everyone about these characters and what funny things happened... but I don’t want to spoil it. So instead, I’m trying to get everyone I know to read the series with me. ...more
***3.5 stars
This was a decent book. It was nice to return to the characters. It seemed a bit slower going than the first one. In conclusion, it serves its purpose as a continuation of the series.,
June Louise
"Matthew thought for a moment. Were there any funky people in Moray Place? He thought not. He was not at all sure if there were any funky people in Edinburgh at all. Some towns were distinctly funky - San Francisco was an example - but Edinburgh was not one of them, he thought."

This third volume in the Scotland Street series requires a literary passport as we follow our well-loved characters in their adventures in places as diverse as Edinburgh, Indonesia, Paris and a short trip to Glasgow. As
Louise Culmer
I was very disappointed in this one. At the end of Espresso Tales, Bertie's wimpy father finally atarted standing up for Bertie,and I thought he was going to get liberated from his stupid mother, and be able to give up the silly pi k dungarees, doing yoga etc. But instead, it is as if the events of the last book never happened, and Bertie is as much trapped by his mother as before. And his father has dwindled into being practically non-existent.

There are somd funny bits, especially Domenica's
Dec 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure why I keep reading this series because I'm not really that fond of it. Maybe I keep hoping that it's going to get better or I'll find the lives of the residents and friends of 44 Scotland Street suddenly interesting. When the previous book ended Bertie's father had finally stood up to his ridiculous and domineering wife and was letting Bertie have a little freedom. I think that's why I wanted to read this book, the third in the series. I was sure that now that Bertie's father was ...more
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lately I’ve had a few too many pieces of downbeat news, I needed some escapist fiction, and so it was time again for Alexander McCall Smith. Luckily he’s written a lot of books, and I have plenty more waiting for me.

This week’s merriment came from “Love Over Scotland.” Smith is not deep, but he is witty, and he has a huge capacity for droll characters and diverting episodes. Pat, supposedly bright and sensible, still has a weakness for handsome cads. Domenica pursues her anthropological studies
May 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Like a number of other reviews, I think I have hit my limit with the Scotland Street series. Perhaps reading/listening to them back-to-back is not the best way to "consume" them.

I know that some were bothered by the lack of plot, but I read so much non-fiction that simple character studies and descriptions of slices of life suited me fine. Of course, I listened to the first three of this series while drive and at work, so the simplicity was not an issue for me.

As for the character studies, I am
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As an avid AMS fan, I have to say that I was a little disappointed with this book. I have loved all his novels I've read to date but for some reason this one just didn't get going for me. I love Edinburgh and so the location of the setting appealed to me, but I just didn't really warm to any of the characters (other than Bertie but I didn't think we saw enough of him). I found the Dominica storyline in the Malacca Straits a little far fetched. The reintroduction of Lard O'Connor could have been ...more
Apr 01, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was very disappointed in this one. At the end of Espresso Tales, Bertie's wimpy father finally started standing up for Bertie, and I thought he was going to get liberated from his stupid mother, and be able to give up the silly pink dungarees, doing yoga and all the stupid stuff his mother wrapped him up in. etc. But instead, it is as if the events of the last book never happened, and Bertie is as much trapped by his mother as before. And his father has dwindled into being practically not ...more
Oct 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In his third entry in the series, McCall Smith continues to enchant his readers with the lives of the inhabitants of 44 Scotland Street.

My favourite is 6-year old Bertie whose constant battles with mother Irene and father Stuart come to a head when he goes to the police station confesses his parents' questionable business engagement with Lard O'Connor (think Tony Soprano with a Scottish accent). Bertie is charming and engaging, but so are the other characters.

Domenica actually goes out to see
Jan 03, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, britain
This is the third in a series of Edinburgh-based novels, and I think I've had about enough. I still enjoyed reading about the sufferings of poor Bertie, the victim of an overbearing and controlling mother. And Angus Lordie's dog Cyril has an interesting adventure that unfornately is cut short much too soon. But the "twee" factor seems to be greater in this book than in the others, as many of the characters revel in what appears to be the boring and bland provincialism of the Scottish capital. ...more
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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what ...more

Other books in the series

44 Scotland Street (1 - 10 of 13 books)
  • 44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, #1)
  • Espresso Tales (44 Scotland Street, #2)
  • The World According to Bertie (44 Scotland Street, #4)
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (44 Scotland Street, #5)
  • The Importance of Being Seven (44 Scotland Street, #6)
  • Bertie Plays the Blues (44 Scotland Street, #7)
  • Sunshine on Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, #8)
  • Bertie's Guide to Life and Mothers (44 Scotland Street, #9)
  • The Revolving Door of Life (44 Scotland Street, #10)
  • The Bertie Project (44 Scotland Street, #11)
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