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SCOTLAND STREET Book The Residents And Neighbors Of 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 Welcome To 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 FiveLove 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 InThe Scotsman Newspaper


10 thoughts on “44 Scotland Street

  1. says:

    Sixty pages into this book, I stopped and looked at the back of it What was it about again Did the same thing sixty pages later When I finally closed the back cover, I realized that this is a book about nothing It s Seinfeld in Edinburgh.McCall Smith did this serial novel for The Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh Each chapter is short about 9 inches of copy for a daily newspaper run.And what he s created is this wonderful and funny character study Like Seinfeld, nothing much happens, but you really, really enjoy the ride He had so much fun doing this book that he continued the series and did a second volume I hadn t intended to read the second volume, but, upon finishing this first one, I marched right out and bought Espresso Tales I had to find out what happened to these hilarious characters the narcissist surveyor, the hesitant heroine, the incompetent gallery owner, the eccentric portrait painter with the gold toothed dog, the domineering mother of the five year old prodigy The characters are the strength of this series and I think I might be hooked for a while.


  2. says:

    Alexander McCall Smith writes a certain type of novel A cosy sandwiches and scones for afternoon tea type of book It s a tone that doesn t vary whether it is set in wet and gloomy Scotland or the glorious sun filled vistas of Botswana He also has a definite turn of phrase that is quite unique, but sometimes it seems to be done because he is so delighted in himself and the cosy world he s created than for moving the stories forward or revealing the characters fully I enjoyed the The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series until it ran out of steam The same characters without anything new to add to them so they become caricatures of themselves And always in the, same settings with the same very tiny and unimportant plots The excellent writing wasn t enough to induce me to read yet another one after about the sixth or seventh And so I see it with this book Another situation, another cosy character or three and a very small storyline This book was ok, but I m not going to read the series, I ll stop here.


  3. says:

    I ve just finished this book, and I m absolutely enchanted with it The title of the last chapter sums it up Gain, Loss, Friendship, Love What could one ask 44 Scotland Street is a gentle book, like murmured conversation about fascinating things The characters are real than many people I ve met in the flesh After the last page is read, you feel that they continue on without you, as in life.Literary fiction is like art, I suppose you either love it or you don t I loved it.


  4. says:

    I was reading a paperback edition and then starting with chapter 40, page 103 of 325, I started simultaneously listening to the audio CDs as I read the book I do enjoy reading that way with some books The audio narrator was okay, good but not great There are very short chapters, and at first I could tell this was written in serial form and I didn t like it that much, but I got used to it, and even started appreciating the jumping around between characters.The story was fun and witty and creative, and I loved the twists and I appreciated that the mystery was not a huge part of the book stories The reader meets so many characters and I had some trepidation about keeping track of them, but they and their stories were interesting and it was easy to keep track of them.There is so much humor with many amusing chuckle out loud, or at least smiling, moments I consider this of a humorous novel than mystery novel I am getting tired of book series though, even though I ve read so many that I ve liked, and would now usually read standalone books, books whose stories are complete and whose characters have had all that will be written about them in one book There are already so many books in this series I might read another because there are some characters I d love to follow Bertie, Cyril, Pat, etc etc etc I feel the same way about his Ladies Detective Agency series I ve read the first two and I might also read of them The series are so different I like both, but unlike for Goodreads friend Laura, neither are comfort reads for me In fact, for years I ve watned to visit Edinburgh and if influenced in any way by this book I m now less interested in visiting.


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    Surprised at how much I enjoyed this, really surprised Before you read this review make some tea get cosy because you are about to take a sneak peek into other people s lives The young rarely believe that they will not be able to get what they want because there is always an open future I have to admit that I am always a bit curious as to how my next door neighbours live, how they act behind closed doors, what they eat for dinner, what books are on their bookshelves and just the general curiosity Well if you have that burning itch to snoop this book is most definitely for you, the way the author captured the lifestyle of a small apartment building and the inhabitants were simply exquisite The premise of the book follows Pat a young na ve 20something year old girl who moved out of her parent s house because Independence and on her search for a place to stay she comes across space at 44 Scotland Street Her life takes an interesting turn when she meet Bruce Her Roommate who is a narcissistic womaniser Domenica A Writer Anthropologist who knows all the neighbour s dirty laundry Erica pushy Stockbridge mother, and her prodigiously talented five year old son, who is making good progress with the saxophone and with his Italian Matthew Her New Boss who is struggling to keep his Art Gallery Business afloat And we follow each individual as they interact with one another as well as face their life struggles induvial.The characters were so lifelike and the dialogue between them felt genuine The witty banter present in the writing was sharp and had this dry humour that had me bursting out in public I appreciate a book that could genuinely make me laugh and this one accomplished that goal so effortlessly It still had its interesting moments of human psychology as some of the character s philosophies shown without being too direct e.g Disturbing Parental ways, Failed dreams, self discovery and so much A mystery about a certain painting is present but be weary the mystery doesn t drive the book but the individuals do Daughters could survive a powerful mother, but boys found it almost impossible Such boys were often severely damaged and spent the rest of their lives running away from their mothers, or from anybody who remotely reminded them of their mothers either that, or they became their mothers, in a desperate, misguided act of psychological self defence I really had one problem with the book the forced attraction between Pat and Bruce was off putting and just too confusing It made the female character appear very weak and needy which was just another train wreck Other than that, the book was such a pleasure from alcoholic dogs to Interesting characters and just hilarious scenes would highly recommend it About Author The small fact this book was originally serialised and a chapter was realised each week in an Edinburgh newspaper.Thanks for Reading

    So until next time stay Bookish


  6. says:

    I wish I d known before purchasing this for my kindle that it was originally published as a daily newspaper serial Being prolific obviously comes easily to McCall, and he accepted this challenge with no second thoughts comparing himself to Dickens whose novels were also originally published as serials, but Mccall does a disservice to the reader Too many characters with too many stories, some of which never become resolved And most of these characters are one dimensional I was especially irked by the young woman who thinks her flatmate is a jerk but can t resist his physical beauty Do any women really think this way Sounds like a man to me.I believed whether it was true or not that I could see McCall at night, biting his lip while he thought up another so many words to have it at the newspaper in time.While not enjoying this aspect of the book, I can t help but be impressed by this writer s vocabulary, fluid style and general knowledge I wish he d slow down surely he s earned enough by now and write one, long, great novel


  7. says:

    4.5 stars I forgot how much I really enjoy this series Is it as great as the No 1 Ladies Detective, no, but what is This is very close Why do I love it 1 AMS is a soul author for me He is someone I trust I feel I know him I am safe with him It doesn t matter what is going on, I know he won t let me down I could say this about any book he writes, sight unseen 2 His characters, the likable ones which are neariy all of them , are wise people I enjoy hearing their thoughts They are kind and always know the right thing to do or say I am often moved by what they do 3 In this series, there are two psychiatrists, a writer, an artist, an anthropologist, an art dealer, a wine merchant there are interesting people I often learn something from It s kind of like someone serving a salad and they sprinkled some cool spices on it first Makes it better than you expected 4 AMS lives in Edinburgh and a friend once told me I would love it if I ever went there I hope I get to see it one day, but just in case I don t, I feel I have been there because Edinburgh almost becomes a character in this series 5 There are a couple of main characters in here that I am really pulling for They are under 21, both of them, and they are good souls And I want good things to happen to for them And this is a big part of the reason I keep reading and now, rereading these books That pretty much sums it up, I think The audio version is performed by a man can t recall his name, sorry who does an ok job I don t like the way he performs most of the women And I read mostly by listening, so this is a small issue for me However, will I stop listening Nope Just putting it out there in case it might matter to you In short, I love you, Alexander McCall Smith Especially now, for so many reasons America loves you We appreciate your good natured self and your wisdom and your culture and your decency and social butterflied ness You are a good man Thank you for writing so many books to keep us busy Long live AMS First read, 2010 I enjoyed this, and will definitely continue with the series Think of this as a soap opera, without the smut It follows the lives of several residents of a building in Scotland Very interesting characters, whom it s been interesting to get to know


  8. says:

    There is something about McCall s Smith s writing that brings a smile to my face Having read all of the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency books and adored them, I was hoping to find this series appealing as well and I certainly do Meeting these Scottish characters is like sitting down to share a cup of coffee with a group of friends Normally, the tangents some of these characters take would feel irrelevant and make me feel rather impatient, but I was willing to ramble anywhere in the city and cover any subject with these folks I just wanted to spend time with them I like Pat too She s a realistic, sympathetic character and I look forward to sharing new experiences with her.


  9. says:

    Alexander McCall Smith had already created two incredibly diverse series one with Mma Precious Ramotswe, the intuitive and clever Botswanan detective who debuted in the novel The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, and philosopher Isabel Dalhousie of The Sunday Philosophy Club series when a chance meeting with Armistead Maupin gave us 44 Scotland Street Speaking with Maupin, the author of Tales of the City, gave Smith the idea of borrowing the idea of the apartment house in San Francisco and transplanting it to Edinburgh s trendy New Town neighborhood This being Smith, the result isn t the least derivative.As Maupin s tale begins with Mary Ann Singleton moving into an apartment at 28 Barbary Lane, 44 Scotland Street begins when Pat MacGregor, a girl on her second gap year, decides to share a flat in the eponymous building As the chapters of Tales of the City were serialized in The San Francisco Chronicle in 1976, the 110 chapters of 44 Scotland Street were serialized in The Scotsman in 2004 But there, the similarities end While Maupin wrote mostly about young people adjusting to hip San Francisco, the flats at 44 Scotland Street contain residents of the breadth of society uncertain Pat her flatmate, narcissistic, smug, and unscrupulous Bruce Anderson the sophisticated semi retired anthropologist Domenica MacDonald and her custard colored Mercedes Benz 560 SEC and beleaguered Bertie Pollack, his milquetoast father Stuart, and his extremely pushy, snobbish mother, Irene, an aficionado of ultra modern child psychology theories who s intent on turning her son into a saxophone playing, Italian speaking prodigy The novel also delves into the inhabitants friends, family, and employers While the chapters are short, Smith, as always , manages to maintain the perfect balancing act in which he tackles Big Ideas and philosophical questions the conversations about things worth talking about, as one character calls it while remaining amusing and often laugh out loud funny.Be sure to have the next book in the series in hand before you finish 44 Scotland Street You ll be eager to tackle Espresso Tales right away to discover what further adventures befall the 44 Scotland Street denizens.


  10. says:

    Com profondo il mareSono un ammiratrice della Signora Ramotswe, quindi ho voluto provare questa serie dello stesso McCall Smith, ambientata a Edimburgo Premetto che McCall Smith conosce bene il Botswana e la Scozia, perch nato e vissuto Zimbabwe e ha trascorso molto tempo in Botswana e Scozia In realt non ho trovato la storia semplice e interessante che mi aspettavo, probabilmente per l ottimo motivo che scrivere qualcosa di interessante sul Botswana per il pubblico europeo pu essere relativamente facile, mentre lo stesso non vale per Edimburgo, citt nota e a breve portata di aereo In particolare mi sfugge chi possa essere il lettore di questo libro, che tratta dei turbamenti di una ragazza sui vent anni, ma sono scritti da un vecchio signore che ha visto molte cose e probabilmente ferrato proprio in quelle altre cose, pi che nei pensieri della ventenne contemporanea I personaggi vengono disegnati con diligenza e senso dell umorismo, ma anche con un candore e un piglio didattico che il libro sembra rivolto a un pubblico alieno, per esempio ai pesci delle profondit oceaniche, che non hanno mai incontrato una ventenne che fatica a far corrispondere ragione e ormoni o una madre che ha poco da fare e legge troppa pedagogia d assalto.Inoltre, un dubbio mi assale a proposito dei miei piacevoli libri sulla signora Ramotswe non sar che anche in quel caso sono scritti per pesci di profondit e il pesce sono io