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The Sunday Philosophy Club (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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Title:The Sunday Philosophy Club
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith
Info:Vintage Canada (2005), Paperback, 256 pages
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The Sunday Philosophy Club by Alexander McCall Smith (2004)

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Isabel Dalhousie is a busybody - constantly commenting on or meddling in other people's lives, but she has a heart of gold and wants to see the best in those around her. She has a degree in philosophy, is the editor of an academic journal on ethics, and is founder of the Sunday Philosophy Club. So she philosophises on all manner of things. When she sees a young man fall to his death, she can't get it out of her head to the point that she has to investigate. In my opinion, the story was slow to get going, and then built nicely to a climax, but finished with a disappointing and rather tame conclusion. For this reason, I gave the story 3 stars.

In my opinion, McCall Smith's writing is full of indiscriminate changes in point of view and extraneous thoughts from his characters. I see that sometimes his humour derives from these extraneous thoughts, but often they just seem like padding, as though he is a stream of consciousness writer who does little editing of his work to weed out the junk. I appreciate that he builds his characters through this extraneous matter, and perhaps that makes his writing more appealing to many readers. ( )
  Bruce_McNair | Dec 20, 2016 |
This whole series is a real soaper. I read the entire series with the assumption that they were written as a satire - and if they are, they're good ones. Isabel Dalhousie is about as exasperating as they come. Very entertaining if you don't take them seriously!
  Allyanaz | Dec 15, 2016 |
Not as enjoyable for me as his other books. I think this one lacked humour, and the plot line was weak. Some touching sentiments and thought provoking morality, but not a great story. ( )
  LouieAndTheLizard | Oct 8, 2016 |
Kan inte vänta på att få kasta mig över nästa bok av samma författare. Vem kunde tro att jag skulle läsa ut en bok så snabbt. Läslusten kommer sakta men säkert tillbaka.

Isabel är snabbtänkt och klipsk. Och får sig faktiskt en och annan tankeställare där hon farit lite väl våghalsigt fram. ( )
  AnnikaR78 | Jul 29, 2016 |
On audio. What a sanctimonious prig she is. If I never have to meet Isobel Dalhousie again, it will be too soon! ( )
  .cris | May 31, 2016 |
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Her penchant for conducting moral arguments with herself is well-developed, but it can be less than riveting for the reader. Why does Isabel find herself drawn into the affairs of others? Is it because there is some moral imperative leading her to do so? Is it because man has an obligation to his fellow man? (Or is it because ladies who like to investigate crimes can be ladies who sell many, many books?)

...this book is a clear demonstration of Mr. McCall Smith's own philosophy: that there is wisdom in inviting readers into a world of kindness, gentility and creature comforts. Offer the literary equivalent of herbal tea and a cozy fire. They'll come back for more.
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Isabel Dalhousie saw the young man fall from the edge of the upper circle, from the gods.
Pickled onions had nothing to do with moral imagination, but were important in their own quiet, vinegary way, supposed Isabel.
When the beautiful died, it was the same as when the less well blessed died; that was obvious. But why did it seem more tragic that Rupert Brooke, or Byron for that matter, should die, than other young men? Perhaps it was because we love the beautiful more, or because Death's momentary victory is all the greater. Nobody, he says, smiling, is too beautiful not to be taken by me.
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Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who also uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. Isabel is Editor of the Review of Applied Ethics - which addresses such questions as 'Truth telling in sexual relationships' - and she also hosts The Sunday Philosophy Club at her house in Edinburgh. Behind the city's Georgian facades its moral compasses are spinning with greed, dishonesty and murderous intent. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert in the Usher Hall didn't fall. He was pushed. With Isabel Dalhousie Alexander McCall Smith introduces a new and pneumatic female sleuth to tackle murder, mayhem - and the mysteries of life. As her hero WH Auden maintained, classic detective fiction stems from a desire for an uncorrupted Eden which the detective, as an agent of God, can return to us. But then Isabel, being a philosopher, has a thing or two to say about God as well.

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Amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who also uses her training to solve unusual mysteries. Instinct tells Isabel that the young man who tumbled to his death in front of her eyes at a concert in the Usher Hall didn't fall - he was pushed.

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