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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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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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The wonderful characters are back in this the 4th novel in the 44 Scotland Street series.+ Angus Lordie's dog, Cyril, has been arrested as a biter by the authorities, Domenica is back in Scotland Street and not to happy to find that Antonia, who she sublet her apartment too when away studying the pirates in Malucca, has purchased the flat next door. Bruce is back after a not so successful sojourn in London and finds himself adrift until he meets Julia. Pat and Matthew embark on a romance, Big Lou is still looking for same after jettisoning the unsatisfactory Eddie, and Bertie, is finding no relief from his mother's endless prodding even though there is a new baby in the house. And why does that baby look so much like Dr. Fairbairn?

As usual, the author has created a world of good friends, gentle people (even gangster Lard O'Connor), and problems that always seem to be worked out in a most satisfactory manner. Sometimes I wish I could live in this world full time. ( )
  etxgardener | Jun 19, 2020 |
Angus comments on Scotland, her history and quirky secret clubs when discussing Big Lou's latest beau with Matthew. He uses phrases and terminology with which I am not familiar. Had to do a bit of research.

Wonderful Domenica is coerced into re-thinking and modifying her neighborly expectations and responsibilities to her friend Antonia who has purchased an apartment in the building.

Matthew and Bruce both make life-changing committments but in such different ways. One based on true love and care; the other more of a manipulated materialistic transactional arrangement.

Once again, McCall Smith spices up this novel with lots of humor through Bertie's thoughts of new baby Ulysses' provenance. And with Angus' Cyril making up for being locked up, with a quickie hook up during what had been a regular walk.

Once again McCall Smith has pulled off an engaging, informative, and fun addition to the 44 Scotland Street series.
  Bookish59 | Jan 9, 2020 |
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 |
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