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The Unbearable Lightness of Scones: A New 44 Scotland Street Novel (edition 2008)

by Alexander McCall Smith (Author)

Series: 44 Scotland Street (5)

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Fiction. African American Fiction. Literature. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 5

The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  
Featuring all the quirky characters we have come to know and love, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, finds Bertie, the precocious six-year-old, still troubled by his rather overbearing mother, Irene, but seeking his escape in the Cub Scouts. Matthew is rising to the challenge of married life with newfound strength and resolve, while Domenica epitomizes the loneliness of the long-distance intellectual. Cyril, the gold-toothed star of the whole show, succumbs to the kind of romantic temptation that no dog can resist and creates a small problem, or rather six of them, for his friend and owner Angus Lordie.
 
With his customary deftness, Alexander McCall Smith once again brings us an absorbing and entertaining tale of some of Scotland's most quirky and beloved characters—all set in the beautiful, stoic city of Edinburgh.
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Title:The Unbearable Lightness of Scones: A New 44 Scotland Street Novel
Authors:Alexander McCall Smith (Author)
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Bertie loses one therapist but gains Cub Scouts, Cyril's puppies are sold, Matthew almost drowns on honeymoon in Australia
  ritaer | Aug 24, 2021 |
The fifth novel if the 44 Scotland Street series finds Bertie longing to join the Cub Scouts, Matthew marrying Bertie's teacher Elsbeth Harmony, Domenica feeling lonely, and Angus dealing with the outcome of his dog Cyril's romantic entanglements (6 puppies). Pat is not in this volume, but Bruce is back in all his narcissistic splendor. He gets engaged to a wealthy woman and thinks his life is made until it all falls apart and he has to reconsider his life.

McCall Smith has constructed a lovely world full of gentle, good hearted people. In our troubled times, I wish we could actually transport ourselves into this world. ( )
  etxgardener | Jul 21, 2020 |
Worthwhile read but a bit choppy.

Some of the notable parts include a marriage, a death, a dolphin, an important painting, a potential maturing of a certain man (let's see if that lasts), and a fun bit of high drama between Domenica, Angus and Antonia. And of course, there is always the wonderful Bertie!

And and at the end a beautiful poem which I absolutely needed NOW.
  Bookish59 | Feb 6, 2020 |
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 |
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Fiction. African American Fiction. Literature. Humor (Fiction.) HTML:44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 5

The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  
Featuring all the quirky characters we have come to know and love, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, finds Bertie, the precocious six-year-old, still troubled by his rather overbearing mother, Irene, but seeking his escape in the Cub Scouts. Matthew is rising to the challenge of married life with newfound strength and resolve, while Domenica epitomizes the loneliness of the long-distance intellectual. Cyril, the gold-toothed star of the whole show, succumbs to the kind of romantic temptation that no dog can resist and creates a small problem, or rather six of them, for his friend and owner Angus Lordie.
 
With his customary deftness, Alexander McCall Smith once again brings us an absorbing and entertaining tale of some of Scotland's most quirky and beloved characters—all set in the beautiful, stoic city of Edinburgh.

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