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3.5 out of 5 stars
Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party
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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 1 August 2014
Fatty O'Leary has always been fat. It doesn't bother him or his devoted wife Betty. They live in Fayetville, Arkansas. Fatty is an antiques dealer. They are both proud to be Irish-Americans. For his fortieth birthday, Betty arranges a trip to his ancestral roots near Tipperary, a trip that becomes calamitous as soon as they arrive at the airport. The flight and arrival at their hotel are the beginnings of an enjoyable romp of a novel. Fatty is subjected to a series of misfortunes and humiliations, farcical events of acute embarrassment. Alexander McCall Smith deftly adds insult to injury with the snobbery of fellow guests, the O'Briens, who sarcastically belittle Fatty in the hotel at every opportunity. Betty and Fatty face these indignities, that are insulting and sad, with fortitude, until another guest, Lord Balnerry enters the scene as a saviour who rapidly assesses Fatty and Betty's frightful predicament. The dialogue between the hotel guests, Fatty and Betty is beautifully constructed and cheerfully fitting, especially the put-down on Rupert O'Brien: poetic justice.

This the funniest book I have read in a long time. Fatty and Betty are such loveable characters. It is packed with humour and downright laugh aloud fun. The author also cleverly explores what makes for individual happiness. A wonderful book, especially when Fatty has the last laugh.
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on 21 May 2017
very funny read
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on 1 September 2017
Excellent
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on 19 April 2015
A light hearted read, which ended very quickly.
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on 14 February 2015
very funny love these books
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on 20 August 2014
Another superb book from A Mc S, immediately drawn in to Fatty O Leary s character, his friends and his foes. Laughed out loud lots, whilst feeling guilty at poor old Fatty s dilemmas. Thank you, Mr. McCall Smith.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 22 October 2016
Gentle, reflective tale of an overweight ,contented American who returns for a holiday to his Irish roots. There is a series of mishaps as Fatty learns that Ireland is not geared up for people of his girth and finds his quietly optimistic philosophy of life challenged. As ever with Alexander McCall Smith, there is humour and homespun wisdom. This is a short, fairly insubstantial story (no pun intended) but is quietly enjoyable.
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on 30 April 2017
Alexander MCall Smith at his best giving an accurate view of both sides of being a large person. This is an unbiased view of the character of Fatty O' Leary and the struggles he goes through. Also the way people deal with the Fatty O'Leary's of this world. Alexander MCall Smith deals with it in a sympathetic and realistic way. I enjoyed the book and as usual it made me think.
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on 20 April 2015
It was OK
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on 6 September 2014
Not up to his usual standards
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