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Amusing, informative, imaginative and charming,
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This review is from: Sunshine on Scotland Street: 44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street 8) (Hardcover)
I've read all the books in this series and have really enjoyed meeting again this diverse band of Edinburgh folk. I'm pleased to say that in this further installment McCall Smith has managed to maintain his high standard of story-telling weaving the different lives together in a series of short chapters often ending a gentle cliff-hanger keeping one eager to read on. I suspect that those of us who know Edinburgh and recognize some of the real people and shops incorporated into the fictional account get added enjoyment.
The book opens with preparations for Angus and Domenica's wedding causing anxiety for Mathew as best man. As usual the troubles are resolved and the reader is left content that all is well. Little Bertie remains aged 6 years old hoping to be seven as the other characters move on in real time. His perceptions of the world and his hopes to be free of his domineering mother remain one of the engaging themes of the series. His mother, Irene, continues to provide an amusing source of satire over her obession with psycho-analysis and her strident feminism endured stoically by her husband Stuart. Bruce, the narcissistic surveyor is back in Edinburgh and gets involved entertaining adventure with a new neighbour.
The charm of these books is that they are an escape from the real world of debt, troubled relationships and the sheer grind of surviving that many people endure and take the reader into the world of privileged Edinburgh society with their little ups and downs of life. Along the way the author amuses, informs and subtly makes one think about philosophical issues in a natural manner.