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The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by…

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones

by Alexander McCall Smith

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This was another light and enjoyable book in Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series. A variety of characters (some endearing, some exasperating, all entertaining) are woven into this episodic novel which was originally published a chapter each day in The Scotsman newspaper. There are some parts that will have you laughing out loud, and finding someone to listen to you read the funny bits. The stories take place in Edinburgh and, as most of McCall Smith's novels can be described, it is "delightful," "sweet," "gentle," and "charming." ( )
  PhyllisReads | Apr 27, 2019 |
Seems like this book was more about Domenica and her life and James and his relationship with Pat.
  lhaines56 | Jun 8, 2018 |
The neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to life in this gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive novel, featuring remarkably precocious
6-year-old Bertie.
  mcmlsbookbutler | Nov 13, 2016 |
This is apparently part of a series about 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh - and, as I gradually realised, it might have been better to have read at least one of the others in the series beforehand. I simply could not keep track of all the people in this book, which felt at times more like a few episodes from a soap, rather than a novel. My favourite character was the delightfully precocious six-year-old Bertie who wants nothing more than to join Cub Scouts, while his mother wants him to join only gender-neutral groups and to play with the bossy Olive.

There’s a thread about a missing blue teacup, another about a valuable long-lost painting, another about someone who breaks up with his girlfriend and is offered a modelling job. And there are many conversations between people who, unfortunately, I found it hard to care about. Or even to distinguish. Perhaps the book was not meant to stand alone - or perhaps the intention is to be snapshots of several people’s lives as they intertwine and overlap. But since I could not grasp who was whom, or what relationship they had with each other, this point was rather lost.

Still, the writing for the most part is enjoyable enough, with some nice irony here and there, and interesting insights into people whose lives - albeit caricatured - are far removed from mine. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
I like this for the same reason I like McCall Smith's other Scottish stories. For anyone who's ever had—or known—a controlling, manipulating mother, Bertie's mummy is perfection. ( )
  AntT | Jan 24, 2015 |
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Precocious six-year-old Bertie joins the scouts to escape his mother, Matthew learns to handle the challenges of marriage, and Domenica deals with loneliness. Even four-legged Cyril gets in on the action, finding himself a bit of canine romance.

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