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Corduroy Mansions by [ Mccall Smith, Alexander]
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Corduroy Mansions Kindle Edition

4.0 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in Corduroy Mansions (3 Book Series)

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"[McCall Smith] returns with a new cast of characters to love . . . fans will be grateful that the series has just begun. A-"
Entertainment Weekly
"Filled with charming eccentrics . . . McCall Smith, a master of weaving the many strands of his complex stories together, does so here with supreme virtuosity."
The Washington Post
The indefatigable Scotsman's latest exercise in grace and good manners . . . McCall Smith is the P.G. Wodehouse of our time, and we should be grateful for his prolificacy."
Richmond Times-Dispatch
"As ever, McCall Smith is droll, philosophical, full of original insights, and above all, entertaining."
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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
The author s gentle humor and playful teasing-out of moral dilemmas great and small are there in abundance.
The Scotsman
[Full] of warmth and wisdom and easy, accomplished writing that begs for a comfy chair.
The Times (London)
The seriousness is always sugar-dusted in McCall Smith s delight in the ridiculous and his perfectly paced humour.
The Daily Telegraph"

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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 )

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1779 KB
  • Print Length: 369 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307399087
  • Publisher: Abacus (23 April 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IW7NKW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 88 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,913 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I was so pleased to see another offering from the outstanding Mr McCall Smith - I absolutely devour his books! This one didn't disappoint, and it was great to be able to get to know another group of people and their quirks. As per Scotland Street, there are a variety of folk who live at Corduroy Mansions, all with their own issues - can't wait for the next installment!!
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Corduroy Mansions is in the same vein as 44 Scotland Street, but set in London. The inhabitants of a block of flats are the core characters who interact with the outside world. McCall Smith creates a range of believable people and weaves stories around them that illustrate human feelings and behaviour. When reading his books, I feel that the author is a kind and humane man who tries to see the best in people. His books do not depict the underbelly of society not are they full of violence, but they are not overly sentimental and do deal with philosophical and moral issues. I know Edinburgh well and the Scotland Street books are full of familiar Streets and venues which add to the pleasure. I don't feel that Corduroy Mansions has so many allusions to place, which is not surprising as McCall Smith has lived and worked in Edinburgh for a long time. The format of the book (like the Scottish series) is a series of short chapters, previously published in a daily newspaper, giving the book a pacy immediacy that carries the reader along. It's a bit like a superior soap opera where one follows the lives of the largely middle-class characters from day to day. Very enjoyable.
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Corduroy Mansions is the tale of the inhabitants of...well Corduroy Mansions, and those they interact with outside of the building they reside. William lives at the top of the building with his son Eddie, though he wants Eddie out going as far as getting a vegetarian cat loving dog (the wonderful Freddie de la Hay) and then moving in the besotted Marcia as a flatmate, perfect situation for some wonderful comedy. One the floor below lives a group of flat sharing girls. Jo an Aussie fresh to the UK but loving it and possibly one of her housemates, Dee who works in vitamins and pharmaceuticals and wants to give her assistant a colonic, Caroline an Art Student who once featured in Rural Life Magazine and is now sort of infatuated with James who is worried he might be straight and the bookish Jenny who works for the odious Oedipus Snark (brilliant name) the nastiest Liberal Democrat MP you could ever wish to meet.

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.
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By J.K. Currie VINE VOICE on 2 May 2017
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The quirky tenants of a London 'Mansion Block' live their interesting lives and interact with each other and with their various acquaintances - familiar territory for followers of McCall Smith's novels. This is another amusing, sometimes thought-provoking insight into the British, primarily English, mind-set, at the turn of the millennium. If some of it seemed very familiar, it was not because I had read the novel before, but because many of the conversations focused on issues of the time - such as whether Stansted Airport is an example of good architecture or not - beautifully ironic given what has been done to Stansted since. I enjoyed reading this, but the storylines continue into subsequent sequels. Will I follow them? I am not sure.
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I have read a number of Alexander McCall Smith's books from a range of his series. However I had got a bit tired of the repetitiveness of some of these so it is a while since I picked one up. I was glad of the opportunity to read Corduroy Mansions as it reminded me of what it was I had liked about AMS's writing. He is a very humorous writer and this novel had me laughing out loud on a number of occasions. His forte is writing about day to day relationships between characters who happen to be in each others lives, in this case mostly neighbours and work colleagues with a few family and a dog thrown in. There are similarities with the Scotland St series but this one is set in Pimlico, London and this setting is described well. There is not a lot of plot here, rather a series of sometimes connected events which create an amusing whole. I will probably read the next two books in the series but will leave a gap between reading so I don't get irritated.
I received a complimentary e-copy of this novel via Net galley in return for an honest review.
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