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The World According to Bertie

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Series: 44 Scotland Street (4)

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How a nearly 7 year old prodigy sees the world in his tightly ordered life by his very overbearing mother. ( )
  lhaines56 | Jun 8, 2018 |
This is the 4th in this series by Alexander McCall Smith, and it continues the sagas of a variety of characters in modern Edinburg, Scotland. To say that Smith has a keen insight to human frailties and comedic lapses is to put it mildly. He actually gets you to understand how so many things that we do, or behavior that we view in others, are hilarious, particularly when the full circumstances of that behavior are known. From pompous egotists to overbearing mothers to husbands and children who are learning that they can actually have a voice in their own destinies, and the interactions of each with each other, lend to laugh-out-loud scenes and opportunities to hope for the best for those still lost.

Smith is truly a master at transition, building on history and experience to extract next actions, truly memorable thoughts and words. His segues can leave you breathless.

Young Bertie, the 6-year-old master of Italian, the saxophone, yoga and voracious reader of everything he can get his hands on, is someone you will remember (and hope you find in real life). At times the young child who is fairly inept at making and/or understanding friendships, he is also very capable of seeing through the deceptions that adults create for themselves and pointing those out. ( )
  Jawin | May 16, 2018 |
This is my first book by Alexander McCall Smith; likely to also be my last. It was an enjoyable read, often funny and sometimes poignant. This is a story of the complexities of human relationships in a small neighbourhood. The author has presented a credible "slice of life", but overall, it was a bit light for my taste. ( )
  LynnB | Feb 2, 2016 |
Bertie & Cyril—could life be any better? I adore the 44 Scotland Street series. It's as charming as the Scots. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
Bertie & Cyril—could life be any better? I adore the 44 Scotland Street series. It's as charming as the Scots. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
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Six-year-old Bertie and artist Angus Lordie join forces to rescue Lordie's beloved dog Cyril from the pound in this fourth charming installment in the bestselling 44 Scotland Street series.

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