44 Scotland Street

44 Scotland Street

Alexander McCall Smith Elisa Banfi / Dec 09, 2019

Scotland Street Quando spinge il portone del di Scotland Street nel centro di Edimburgo Pat non vede l ora di cominciare tutto daccapo al suo secondo anno sabbatico e una casa e un lavoro nuovi sono quello che c

  • Title: 44 Scotland Street
  • Author: Alexander McCall Smith Elisa Banfi
  • ISBN: 9788850224036
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • Quando spinge il portone del 44 di Scotland Street, nel centro di Edimburgo, Pat non vede l ora di cominciare tutto daccapo al suo secondo anno sabbatico e una casa e un lavoro nuovi sono quello che ci vuole per ripartire Da l in poi divider l appartamento con l insopportabile Bruce, agente immobiliare bello e vanitoso trover lavoro nella galleria d arte di MatthewQuando spinge il portone del 44 di Scotland Street, nel centro di Edimburgo, Pat non vede l ora di cominciare tutto daccapo al suo secondo anno sabbatico e una casa e un lavoro nuovi sono quello che ci vuole per ripartire Da l in poi divider l appartamento con l insopportabile Bruce, agente immobiliare bello e vanitoso trover lavoro nella galleria d arte di Matthew, un giovane delicato ma inconcludente che di arte non capisce nulla trascorrer 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

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      • Alexander McCall Smith Elisa Banfi

        Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and he was a law professor at the University of Botswana He lives in Scotland Visit him online at alexandermccallsmith, on Facebook, and on Twitter.


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    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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 more because he is so delighted in himself and the cosy world he's created than for moving the stories forward or revealing the characters more fully. I enjoyed the The [...]


    3. 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 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. 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 gener [...]


    5. 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 [...]


    6. 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 cov [...]


    7. Com'è 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, perchè è nato e vissuto Zimbabwe e ha trascorso molto tempo in Botswana e Scozia. In realtà 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 può esse [...]


    8. 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 an [...]


    9. bbc/programmes/b051rjpkETA Checked my notebooks and I will not be revisiting this with a view to pick it off the one star floor.


    10. I was lent this book by a friend who insisted that I read it. I will be clear up front that this isn’t a book I would have chosen on my own, since I primarily read classics and nonfiction. That said, I do see why my friend liked it. I though it was okay, but no more than that.It was written as a series of daily excerpts in the newspaper The Scotsman, and this shows. The chapters are very short, seldom as long as three pages. In order to keep the reader interested from day to day, the author fe [...]


    11. I've heard and read so many positive reviews of Alexander McCall Smith's novels that when I saw this one at the local library I checked it out. I wanted a change of pace and tone after finishing a somber, difficult to read novel. I wasn't taken immediately by this novel, almost abandoning it, thinking it was a little too cotton-candyish for my taste. I'm glad I kept with it. All the residents of 44 Scotland Street have interesting back stories, and McCall Smith develops each character with an ey [...]


    12. Audiobook read by Robert Ian MakenzieIllustrations by Iain McKintosh3.5***From the book jacket: 44 Scotland Street [is] 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 l [...]


    13. Alexander McCall-Smith was invited to write a serialized story for an Edinburgh new paper. Each day a short chapter would be published. The author wrote the book as he went along, trying to keep a number of issues ahead. This type of story has interesting consequences. Each chapter needs to be a stand-alone story, worthy of publication. It needs to draw ther reader to buy the next issue of the paper to keep up. Also there is no going back to change an element in the story once a chapter has been [...]


    14. 3.5 stars… I was reading 44 Scotland Street before, during and after my short stay in Edinburgh. This was an enjoyable read - entertaining without being too superficial and with well-drawn characters. I liked especially the vibrant description of Edinburgh, and I wrote down one or two names of bookshops and restaurants mentioned in the book. I usually tend to rate these stories rather with 3 stars than 4, as they are not very profound. However, I had such a great time in Edinburgh and this rev [...]


    15. So charming and delightful: I love the way Smith creates his characters and the types of characters he creates are so fun to read about and they feel so real. I loved the structure and style of the stories, told serially like Charles Dickens. Although there aren't any completed story arcs, I enjoyed the vignettes and especially little Bertie's travails and the relationship between Pat and Domenica. And the feeling of being around Edinburgh was part of my overall enjoyment for sure.


    16. Originally published as a serialized novel in The Scotsman, 44 Scotland Street is written in third-person omniscient, but shifts focus amongst several tenants in an apartment building at the title address. Overall, the characters were really one-dimensional. Bruce and Irene were particularly painful to read about, as their view of reality was so twisted and neither of them seemed to possess any redeeming qualities. It's as if McCall Smith was studying psychology while writing the series and deci [...]


    17. I am so glad I decided to revisit 44 Scotland Street! A delightful slice of life in Edinburgh a city that I have had the pleasure of visiting. These enchanting tales of the residence of this address gives the reader a glimpse into the hearts and minds of these wonderful characters. Alexander McCall Smith is a favorite writer of mine because he understands human nature and the foibles of his fellow man. What a nice little chuckle you will get when you read of some of the events that take place on [...]


    18. Alexander McCall Smith, after chatting with Armistead Maupin at a party at Amy Tan's house about serialized novels, undertook to write what is essentially an Edinburgh version of Tales of the City. 44 Scotland Street doesn't have Maupin's very sly wit, sense of zeitgeist and ability to define what is iconic in a place and time, but it's certainly a successful, if light, story of the various young and old tenants of an Edinburgh apartment house and the people in their expanding circles, and nimbl [...]


    19. 2 1/2 starsI had considered abandoning this after I was 100 pages in and NOTHING had happened yet. I regret my decision to keep reading. The writing style is fine, but THERE IS NO PLOT. There are a few disjointed stories that end abruptly, with no resolution to anything. I suppose this leaves plenty of material for the next book in the series, but I will not be reading it.


    20. I have read this book before but enjoyed again the rich characters in it. Each of the people exists in a rooming house passing each other in the hall and yet not really knowing about each other's lives. My favorite character is the little boy prodigy, Bertie, or at least his mother thinks so. He is 5 and playing the saxophone and learning to read and speak Italian. His overly involved mother has painted his bedroom pink so he will not be bound by the cultural stereotypes and would rather see him [...]


    21. I’ve only recently become acquainted with Alexander McCall Smith by way of his light detective series based in Botswana and featuring The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Now I’ve met the distinctive characters who are residents of the Edinburgh apartment building at 44 Scotland Street. McCall Smith was inspired by the serialized work of Armistead Maupin, whose “Tales of the City” captured an era in San Francisco. This collection likewise appeared in a newspaper, The Scotsman; hence the [...]


    22. Funny that I read this right after reading Vanity Fair. Vanity Fair is a classic that was written as a newspaper serial. I was just thinking about how nobody writes like that anymore when I opened 44 Scotland Street to read in the introduction that the author was chatting up with Amy Tan (name drop!) about that very thing! So his hometown newspaper said to him, "write a serial", and this was it. I loved it. I keep waffling between giving it 4 or 5 stars because I loved it so much. I loved these [...]


    23. My feelings about this book were all over the place while reading it; sometimes I could barely pay attention; other times I didn't want to put the book down because the story or characters had become engaging. There were lots of loose ends at the book's conclusion because it is just the first title in a series, where, presumably the loose ends will eventually be tied up. Some of the characters are overdrawn in order to better illustrate their foibles and faults, but the technique was overdone.I [...]


    24. A charming Scottish novel. This book peers into the lives of the residents of Edinburgh's 44 Scotland Street. We meet the sweet and naive 20 year old Pat, who is on her second gap year, and is adjusting to living with her egotistical new housemate Bruce. Her neighbours Angus and Domenica are astute, eccentric and always willing to lend a sympathetic ear. We also get introduced to child prodigy Bertie and his overbearing mother. This rich cast of characters really make this novel come to life. Al [...]


    25. This is the first of a series (I'm not sure I'll bother listing the rest here) that first appeared, just like a Dickens novel, in a newspaper. Some find the writing episodic, but I have no problem with that. Makes it easy to pick up and put down in small bites. A saxaphone savant (if not exactly his idea; he's all of about five), a 20-something narcissist obsessed with hair products and uncertain about the undergarment for a kilt, a later-middle aged anthropologist whose widowhood Well, there's [...]


    26. I am so completely charmed by this first book that I just have to read all the rest of this series immediately.I don't even know what to say except-- go read this book if you want to laugh a lot and chuckle meet so many curious and quirky characters. This book is so witty!


    27. Mia mamma è una grandissima fan di Alexander McCall Smith, sono anni che mi ripete di leggere la serie di Precious Ramotswe, investigatrice numero 1 del Botswana, e da un po' di tempo ha iniziato ad ammorbarmi anche con la serie di Isabel Dalhousie, filosofa/investigatrice, ma io, che da sempre tendo ad ascoltare e a far tesoro dei consigli materni, ho deciso di fare di testa mia (COME AL SOLITO) e di comprare il primo libro di questa serie ambientata a Edimburgo.A dir la verità non è proprio [...]


    28. I picked this one up because it was convenient on a library shelf and the reader was Scottish and it is always worth hearing that accent even if the book is not strong. I also picked it up because so many people that I trust rave about Alexander McCall Smith and I have not yet read anything by this author. Also, it is listed as satire and those who know me well understand that I am a sucker for satire. I enjoyed the book with one small complaint. There is a fine line between satire and caricatur [...]


    29. This started off as a very quick read, perfect for reading at work on a Saturday as I could easily put it down if someone came in or something came up that I needed to deal with, and I could easily pick it back up again. Unfortunately it became very dull very quickly. I should have finished this in one afternoon but I couldn't bring myself to read any more, I started reading something else instead, I ended up skimming / skipping chapters (omg, that Conservative Ball section went on and on and on [...]


    30. Un roman rafraîchissant, divertissant et agréable à lire.Il ne faut pas avoir trop d'attente vis-à-vis de 44 Scotland Street, juste se laisser porter aux côtés des habitants d'Edimbourg. C'est avant tout une lecture plaisir qui vous fera sourir face aux péripéties rencontrées par les différents personnages. Un joli hymne pour cette jolie ville.Je lirai avec plaisir la suite Espresso Tales.


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