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The Smiling School For Calvinists

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Rough-and-tumble stories set in an austere fishing community and nearby projects in Dundee, Scotland
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Published by Context Books (first published February 4th 2002)
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Juliet Wilson
Dec 20, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: short-stories
This is very entertaining, made up of short stories and snippets from life in Broughty Ferry near Dundee in Scotland. Its full of surreal adventures and insights into urban Scottish life but also there are moments where the narrator takes time out to lie on the roof of his multistorey block of flats and watch the geese fly by.

What i didn't like about the book was the Scots. I love the Scots language, but it annoys me when a writer just uses variant spellings of English words to make us think we
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Jonny Mott
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
I read this ages ago when I went through a phase of reading loads of short stories, but it made a real impression on me. I really like the very human little tales, peppered with fantastic eccentricity!
Karen
Jul 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished, borrowed
I've given up. Loved the title but should have trusted my instincts that reminded me I didn't like books written in Scots. It just wasn't worth trawling through for the occasionally very funny observations.
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