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44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jun 28, 2011

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This is a book set in a neighborhood in modern day Edinburgh. In it are varied neighborhood characters such as the narcistic young man, the girl taking a year off from university, a wise older lady, a non-assertive young gallery owner, and many more. In spite of the differences in place and culture, it reminds me a little of Garrison Keeler's Lake Woebegon as the chracters go about their daily lives, making mistakes, finding friends, having ordinary events somehow turn out extraordinay. Even though there may be slight mysteries and surprises, this is not a book for someone looking for action and adventure. Some of the contrasting thoughts and phlosophies of the characters make for interesting thought. My favorite character is 5-year-old Bertie who is pushed into saxophone lessons, Italian lessons, yoga, etc. when all he wants is to be an ordinary boy who gets to ride trains, go fishing, and wear jeans. I want to complete the whole series to find out what happens to everyone.
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