The witty and utterly delightful new novel in the national bestselling 44 Scotland Street series.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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Has its moments but overall I found it very average. This is the sort of book your mother will love.more
I probably shouldn't have jumped directly into the middle of this series, but this was the book I acquired. I like Smith's dry humor, and the vivid characters he created, but there really wasn't a story line running through the entire book. It's more like a continuing look at these characters lives as they evolve. From a character standpoint I enjoyed it, but I couldn't really find the "story."more
I enjoyed it immensely, more than the previous one, the first one in this series which I've read. I think it's partly because I'm more familiar with the characters, and also because I was slightly distracted by the blurb in the other book which mentioned a minor plot point which I waited for ages to arrive. I think the blurb writer, given the intertwined nature of the stories and the lack of major plot points, seized on something to mention which actually was one of loads of details in the life of a character.more
Still the same characters (mostly). It's pretty light and fluffy but I love his wry observations of everyday interactions.more
This instalment of the 44 Scotland Street saga is an enjoyable read, as ever, and one of McCall Smith's best titles. It doesn't really add a great deal to the development of either the story or the characters, though: the appalling Bruce gets his come-uppance yet again, and shows signs of an unlikely reform, but that's about it. No really major comic set-pieces.more
This is another in the 44 Scotland St. series. Enjoyable but vaguely disappointing in the end as there is not really any character development other than Bruce. The others are pretty much in the same circumstances, doing the same thing--though there are hints that things may change in the next book.more
I've come into this series in the middle, reading this one because it has some incidents set where I live (Perth, WA). The interweaving tales of characters from Edinburgh are delightful, funny, poingnant and very human. I will be reading (and buying) more...more
The latest in McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series is as delightful as its predecessors. Much is changing, though. Matthew and Elspeth are wed and both are adjusting to married life. Bruce, the pre-eminent narcissist and egotist, has turned over a new leaf, or has he? Against his mother's wishes, Bertie has joined the Boy Scouts! Unfortunately, so has his nemesis, Olive. But at least he has a new therapist. And The Pretender from over the water has returned to Scotland!This series is always entertaining, frequently amusing, sometimes thought-provoking, and provides a lovely picture of the city of Edinburgh.more
More doings in Scotland Street - Matthew marries Elspeth and they have an eventful honeymoon in Perth Australia, Angus is given a very valuable painting by Lard O'Connor, Domenica is finding time hanging heavily on her hands and misjudges Antonia, Bruce turns over a new leaf after being treated the way he has treated others and Bertie joins cubs with Tofu and Olive and almost escapes the clutches of his weekly psychotherapy.more
The latest installment in the Scotland Street series, covering the antics and foibles of a motley cast of characters in the overgrown village which is Edinburgh. While nothing ever quite gets wound up, he at least explains in the introduction of this volume that his aim is to describe real life, not tell a story in the sense of having a beginning, a middle and an end.McCall Smith keeps a light touch, and continues the tradition of telling small, yet poignant, stories in the ordinary lives of these upper-middle class characters. The developments in "Scones" should be pleasantly surprising for those following the series. An enjoyable, quick read for a rainy Edinburgh day!more
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