Corduroy Mansions Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Abridged
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Quirky and original . . . told with warmth, wit and intelligence, and McCall Smith's cast of characters are beautifully observed. It's a page-turner with many happy endings. Perfect (DAILY EXPRESS ** 'Bags of warmth and wisdom and easy, accomplished writing that begs for a comfy chair')
Kate Saunders, THE TIMES ** 'Richly illustrates McCall Smith's absolute mastery of the art of storytelling (THE LADY ** 'The author's gentle humour and playful teasing-out of moral dilemmas great and small are there in abundance')
SCOTSMAN ** 'The seriousness is always sugar-dusted in McCall Smith's delight in the ridiculous and his perfectly paced humour (DAILY TELEGRAPH) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
*The new London-based series from Alexander McCall Smith, comparable in warmth and humour to 44 Scotland StreetSee all Product Description
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Not only do we get to follow these colourful characters lives we also get to meet and in some cases follow the people that they have in their lives such as Oedipus through whom we also get to follow his mother Berthea, who is writing her sons biography, and her wonderful `spiritual' brother Terence Moongrove. There is also Oedipus's long suffering girlfriend Barbara Ragg who runs a publishing company and is about to have quite a change in life. These characters are also wonderful and make you want to read more; it's almost like wonderful character overload.
Now if you are wondering why I haven't mentioned plot... well there isn't a huge plot to it. It's much more subtle than that.Read more ›
This is shameless recycling of an idea. The same flour in a new bag. Some say that Mozart didn't compose 400 pieces - he composed the same piece 400 times. But Mozart had genius on his side.
It follows the same unwavering moral compass found in all McCall Smith's books, interspersed with bright sparks of humour and charm, as well as refreshing originality - Take for example the vegetarian dog Freddie de la Hay.
It is no fast-paced book with cliff hangers and page-turning suspense, nor does it contain huge emotional turmoil or passionate romances. It is very much a middle-of-the-way story of average people living average lives, and the effect of the narration is more that of a comfortable ramble than a breathless charge. I was not as hooked as I might have been, but I never failed to be charmed and impressed by McCall Smith's sometimes profound take on everyday life.
Don't miss this book!
Corduroy Mansions displays all of the best traits of Alexander McCall Smith's writing about UK characters: Introspection, musings about the human condition, gentle seeking for love, outrageous satire, canine perspectives on humans, and one of the most obnoxious politicians you can imagine.
I was very impressed by the story. Only the absurd M.P. Oedipus Snark seems seriously unlikely to be a real person. He provides a perfect foil for introducing the other characters and making them sympathetically interesting. The other characters resonated with me in their discomfort, inertia, and willingness to step into the world of possibilities when the door to the future opens. The plot itself has many delightful twists that make for both gentle humor and belly laughs. Through it all, Alexander McCall Smith provides the kind of wisdom about knowing oneself and living authentically that makes his books so life affirming and enjoyable to read.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you have read his Scotland Street novels you will enjoy these!Published 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
I have listened to this book more than once it is amusing and realistic all at the same time... dealing with awkward issues that are true to lifePublished 12 months ago by Witty
it sems like a collection of the author's thoughts - doesn't really engage the freaderPublished 12 months ago by wisbee
Great dialogue - believable characters with the usual gentle eccentric and amusing qualities.Published 14 months ago by D Bowell
In my opinion this book not nearly so good as "scotland "booksPublished 14 months ago by Elizabeth J M Gilmore