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- Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 5 Aug. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ9GZE
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The Sunday Philosophy Club: An Isabel Dalhousie Story, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged
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It's a shame that I didn't take to Isabel given that the book is really about her and her thoughts on modern day society. In fact, I thought that the summary on the back of the book was a little misleading because whilst the novel does begin with a death (which I thought was conveyed in a really believable manner, complete with a lovely touch about how the victim's shirt has risen up as he falls to expose his midrift), Isabel's investigations are really almost an afterthought - a thin skeleton on which to hang the characterisation.Read more ›
The characters seem to me to lack warmth (mind you, so does Edinburgh) and his ear for dialogue seems to have deserted the author, even in Isabel's exchanges with her beloved niece, Cat. Even in Edinburgh, surely they don't use the impersonal 'one' all the time! There is quite a lot of interior monologue with the heroine mulling over the situation and thinking about her past (not all past) love of a husband long gone to California. The one character who, I thought, had the potential for development and more humorous treatment, is Grace, Isabel's housekeeper, devoted to her employer and to Cat, but never mincing words or shrinking from expressing an opinion - also a severe critic of Edinburgh's public transport!
In short, I was disappointed with this novel because I couldn't relate to the characters, nor could I get excited by the plot which wended a rather wearisome way through the novel and was occasionally lost sight of completely while Isabel interfered with her niece's love life.
She is both fascinated and concerned with those people she meets in her daily life. A sub-plot involving her niece draws out the empathy she feels towards others. In the main plot, as a chance observer to a violent death, this Scots lady finds herself being drawn by default rather than design into detective work. She is determined to get to the bottom of this awful tragedy, which is resolved quite beautifully in the final few pages.
This is not the ending that the reader would expect if Precious were in charge of this case, which is just as well if McCall wants us to view them as different characters, and not in competition. They are indeed quite different, and McCall succeeds admirably in beginning to present us with a very believable and likeable person in Miss Dalhousie. He seems to want the reader to remain guessing about much of her personality, giving just enough to make her appear "solid" and real, yet also tantalising about other aspects of her personality. At times she seems a "40-something going on 80" , her behaviour appearing to be that of someone much older, yet we also hear her musing about the possible romantic and sexually charged feelings she may have towards her niece's ex-boy friend. Little is mentioned about the "Sunday Philosophy Club" itself, but no doubt Alexander McCall Smith will fill in these frustrating gaps in further episodes with this intriguing lady.
This book was a joy to read, and I look forward to the next instalment.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disappointing story with too many unnecessary distractions throughout. Wouldn't have bothered finishing it but for the fact that it was my book club's selection.Published 11 days ago by Terryr
The first in the series, by Alexander McCall Smith, Isabel Dalhousie is an interesting main character, even if she sometimes seems older than she is meant to be. Read morePublished 1 month ago by egh
I really enjoyed reading about the intricacies and complexities of Edinburgh through the eyes of Isobel. I realise I have read this out of sequence of the series though. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pjg
An entertaining read, more so if you have an appreciation of Edinburgh and its inhabitants. Having read the 44 Scotland Street books I wondered if these would be more of the same,... Read morePublished 11 months ago by William Lowbridge
I really enjoyed this book; what a brilliant author he is. I am quickly moving onto 'Friends, Lovers, Chocolate' and then hopefully many more Alexander McCall Smith books. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Spiritual lady
My introduction to Alexander McCall Smith who is now one of my favourite authors. These series of books are charming and gentle. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Magmac