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Heavenly Date by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jun 06, 2012

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Alexander McCall Smith has shown his breadth of talent in crafting characters as different as Precious Ramotswe and Isabel Dalhousie. Here he shows a different, darker side of himself, and some of the short stories are better than others.

Some -- such as the sweet albeit far-fetched "Wonderful Date" and the darker, more introspective "Bulawayo" -- are wonderful slices of life. Others, such as "Calwarra" and "Fat Date," are laughably predictable. "Far North" and "Maternal Instinct," while painful, are well done. But some of the short stories are simply unbelievable or go on far too long.

It's unfair to expect Dr. Smith to reproduce his Botswana or Scotland stories; however, I do wish these stories were less uneven.
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