In una tranquilla chiesa vicino al castello di Edimburgo, Matthew ed Elspeth stanno per unirsi in matrimonio, quando un pensiero inaspettato attraversa la mente dello sposo già in cammino verso l’altare: «È una decisione saggia?» Intanto, al 44 di Scotland Street, nella sua stanza color fragola il piccolo Bertie sogna di iscriversi agli scout, ma deve vedersela con la tenace opposizione della madre; per Irene sono ben altre le cose importanti: le lezioni di italiano, di yoga, di sassofono e, ovviamente, le sedute di psicoterapia. Forse suo padre, questa volta, riuscirà a intercedere per lui? Nell’appartamento al piano di sopra, Domenica invece non si è ancora rassegnata alla sottrazione indebita della sua preziosa tazza blu di Spode da parte di Antonia, vicina e amica, ed escogita il modo per riprendersela con la complicità di Angus. Poco lontano, in un appartamento elegante di Howe Street, ritroviamo Bruce, la cui buona stella sembra inizi a declinare, ma non tutti i mali vengono per nuocere: dalle ceneri dell’egocentrico Bruce nascerà un uomo diverso, più attento agli altri.
Eccoci ancora in compagnia dei personaggi del condominio in Scotland Street creati da Alexander McCall Smith, con i loro legami, i loro problemi quotidiani, le loro riflessioni sulla vita, sullo sfondo di una città molto amata e affascinante. E per la quale, alla fine del libro, proviamo già una fitta di nostalgia.
- ISBN: 8823522773
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 336
3.5 stars This is the fifth book in the "44 Scotland Street" series. It can be read as a standalone. In these affable, humorous books Alexander McCall Smith follows the lives of a group of people who reside in Edinburgh's "New Town" neighborhood. Many of the characters live in apartments at 44 Scotlan Leggi tutto
So much to love in this 5th installment. What I love about this is the depth mixed with humor. From the pithy: "Old friends, like old shoes, are comfortable. But old shoes, unlike old friends, tend not to be supportive." To the meaningful: "Every small wrong, every minor act of cruelty, every act of pet Leggi tutto
Poor hapless Matthew! Poor Bertie! IRENE YOU ARE TERRIBLE! Poor Lard O'Connor! I'm sorry, is anyone going to check on that guy who took all six puppies? WTH? Yay, Stuart! IRENE, GET SOME HELP.
"We talk, but do I actually listen, or is our conversation mainly a question of my waiting for him to stop and for it to by my turn to say something? For how many of us is that what conversation means - the setting up of our lines?" There is the common conception that sequels fail to live up to the h Leggi tutto
I recently went with my sister to see Alexander McCall Smith speak and it was the most delightful and hilarious evening. The lovely, bekilted man is lightning quick with his amusing observations and what makes his books so fabulous is this unerring insight into human nature and human relationships.
This was a nice continuation of the threads that have been woven in the earlier books. Angus and Domenica are moving closer, Matthew is married, Big Lou is once more unlucky in love and poor Bertie still has to go to therapy... at least now he has the Scouts. And Bruce! Who knew he was capable of ch Leggi tutto
3.75 stars. I didn't love this one but I am really enjoying this series. I'm thinking the Jacobite storyline is coming to an end which will be a good thing. Really enjoying spending time with these characters. I'm glad that the rest of the series will be first reads for me. Looking forward to that! O Leggi tutto
This was the audio version and it didn't work for me. It follows the tale of Bertie and his dysfunctional family. It's very British but not engaging enough for my tastes yet there are moments and great clarity about life with a humorous bent. OVERALL GRADE: C plus.
The format of this series of novels – continuing episodes for serial publication – determines that the story will bounce among the various plot lines. The reader can follow suit by picking up and setting down these books, reading casually. This lovely quality is what keeps me coming back for comic r Leggi tutto
The Unbearable Lightness of Scones is a lovely little novel by the bestselling author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, perfect for a summertime read. You will be transported by delightfully quirky characters and their everyday interconnectedness among the halls and streets surrounding 44 Scotl Leggi tutto
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