Quando spinge il portone del 44 di Scotland Street, nel centro di Edimburgo, Pat non vede l'ora di cominciare tutto daccapo. È al suo secondo anno sabbatico e una casa e un lavoro nuovi sono quello che ci vuole per ripartire. Da lì in poi dividerà l'appartamento con l'insopportabile Bruce, agente immobiliare bello e vanitoso; troverà lavoro nella galleria d'arte di Matthew, un giovane delicato ma inconcludente che di arte non capisce nulla; trascorrerà piacevoli serate con l'eccentrica vicina di casa Domenica, un'anziana antropologa dispensatrice di storie esotiche e saggi consigli sugli uomini. Intanto al piano di sotto Bertie, inquieto bambino prodigio, cerca di far capire alla madre, Irene, che preferirebbe rugby e trenini elettrici ai corsi di yoga, sassofono e italiano. A unire tutti un misterioso tentativo di furto e la caccia a un quadro che potrebbe essere una crosta o valere una fortuna...
- ISBN: 8860886317
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 344
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 newspa Leggi tutto
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, bu Leggi tutto
What happens when Isabel Dalhousie with all her innate sense of decency, walking and chatting merrily with the less trusting but similarly practical and charming Mma Ramotswe, turns a corner of a pleasant street, and comes... SMACK DAB INTO OUR CHAOTIC POSTMODERNIST JUNGLE? They wake up. And they loo Leggi tutto
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 more could one ask? 44 Scotland Street is a gentle book, like murmured conversation about fascinating things. The characters are more real than many peopl Leggi tutto
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 co Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
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 f
ALexander McCall Smith’s setting of a historical apartment building and street in modern Edinburgh, Scotland is a perfect background to present his cast of characters and their unique personalities. These are characters you love, hate, or scratch your head at. There are snippets of insight throughou Leggi tutto
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 Leggi tutto
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 o Leggi tutto
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