44 Scotland Street

44 Scotland Street

eBook - 2005
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Welcome to 44 Scotland Street, home to some of Edinburgh's most colorful characters. There's Pat, a twenty-year-old who has recently moved into a flat with Bruce, an athletic young man with a keen awareness of his own appearance. Their neighbor, Domenica, is an eccentric and insightful widow. In the flat below are Irene and her appealing son Bertie, who is the victim of his mother's desire for him to learn the saxophone and Italian -- all at the tender age of five. Love triangles, a lost painting, intriguing new friends, and an encounter with a famous Scottish crime writer are just a few of the ingredients that add to this delightful and witty portrait of Edinburgh society, which was first published as a serial in The Scotsman newspaper.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2005
ISBN: 9780307276780
0307276783
Characteristics: x, 325 p. : ill., map ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: McIntosh, Iain
Call Number: eBook

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pokano
Oct 25, 2013

This is the initial book in yet another series by the prolific Alexander McCall Smith. As one reviewer has said, this book is like Seinfeld--it isn't about anything. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it a great deal and look forward to reading the next in the series. The book is about a selection of characters who all live at 44 Scotland Street--Pat, in her second gap year and trying to figure out what she wants to do with herself; Bruce, a handsome egoist, who truly believes he's God's gift to women; Bertie, a youngster whose pushy mother, Irene, has him learning Italian, playing the tenor saxophone, and doing all manner of adult activities at the ripe old age of 5, and Dominica, a wise but unconventional anthropologist

Interestingly, McLeod Smith wrote each chapter of this book as an installment in a magazine.

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lozza1401
Nov 22, 2012

Great book! I want to read the rest of the series now. I liked the short-story format which kept me entertained and it wasn't too deep.

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ReadingOntheBus
Jul 25, 2012

YAGH!! I'm hooked on a soap! Well at least its a written soap! I gobbled this book up and scurried to grab the rest of the series. Because of the original format--daily newspaper stories--I have recommended this book to people I know who enjoy short stories.

wilstyles Mar 19, 2012

This was an enjoyable read made even more so by the fact that I had just been to Edinburgh the week before starting this so knew exactly where most of it was taking place. Centered around the characters living in the building at 44 Scotland Street, pretty fun.

AuntJane Oct 31, 2011

Understanding that this was a newspaper series, I found the short chapters and fast pace quite engaging. I could imaging reading it day to day waiting impatiently for the next installment!
I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

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macierules
Sep 03, 2011

Didn't appreciate the format - short chapters aka newspaper series. Some amusing moments, but overall rather disappointed. The second in this series is far superior.

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ravensview
Aug 23, 2011

Read his Corduroy Mansions - liked it. Will try this series next.
Skimmed - was good - maybe later

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GiggsFan
Oct 23, 2009

By far the best of the 44 Scotland Street Novels, I love how real the characters are.

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