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Dream Angus by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jan 24, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: ams
Recommended for: fairly proficient adult learners of English
Read from January 24 to 25, 2010 — I own a copy

Quite different from a lot of AMS's writing, although it has his characteristic style markers and delicately painted brushstrokes, building images and scenes with charm and areas of depth and others slightly out-of-focus. The difference here is in the loose linking of fairly disparate tales into a work about the myth-figure 'dream Angus'. I kept expecting resolution of one story in another, when there seemed to be tennuous connections between one story and another, but these appeared to be no more than coincidences of place or situation. The link is the idea of the dream god and his largely benign or positively beneficial influence.
I like the passages dealing with the mythical best myself, but overall enjoyed the writing and some of the descriptive passages glow with the author's skill in word-painting.

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