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44 Scotland Street by Alexander McCall Smith
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Sep 12, 2012

it was amazing

I am a confirmed Alexander McCall Smith book devotee. I have followed his No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency books with Mma Precious Ramostwe and his Sunday Philosophy Club books with Isabelle Dalhousie for several years. I had tried to read a 44 Scotland Street book previously and was disappointed that I couldn't get into it. But,lo and behold, another 44 Scotland Street book on CD came through at work and I decided to give it another go. Oftentimes, listening to wonderful readers makes a world of difference as they just brings the book alive with their amazing reading and acting skills, such as Robert Ian Mackenzie in this particular case.
The book starts with a young Scottish woman, Pat, who is, not on her first but on her second gap year at university. She shares an apartment with some other young people at 44 Scotland Street, but two of her roommates are away at present and only one is there, the beauteous self-absorbed Bruce, he of the en-brosse hair(here is the "modern" world where men and women are sharing an apartment platonically. Everone has their own room.) Also living in that apartment building are a 6 year old saxophone-playing and italian-speaking boy saddled with a rather pushy and overbearing pscho-babble loving mother and a 60-plus interesting older woman with an interesting past in India.
Pat finds a job at an art gallery run in a rather un-interested way by her younger boss whose father has bought him a series of businesses which failed under his poor management. Sounds like kind of heavy stuff but it is rendered most fascinating under the lively pen of McCall Smith. I love those kind of "slice of life" types of books. It is as the book jacket suggests "endlessly entertaining and perceptive... filled with delightfully authentic sketches of all the archetypes of Edinburgh society." Couldn't have said better meself...
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message 1: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Jones I agree. I have read all his series and I absolutely love them. 44 Scotland Street is my favorite. The characters are so much fun, and I find myself waiting for the next installment to hit the bookstore. Went to Edinburgh based on the books...what a precious town.


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