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As an Edinburghensian, though one who has lived away from her native city for too long, I found this book to be an undiluted pleasure. The author obviously loves the city with all its foibles. Bertie, despite a constant barrage from his dreadful mother and the equally awful Olive, manages to retain his essential sweetness and optimism, helped by his pleasant, if weak, father and his delightful grandmother and most of the regular inhabitants of Scotland Street and its environs appear to contribute to the gentle humour which had me smiling through nearly all the book. The narration by David Rintoul is an added plus and is worth several stars on its own!
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
As usual this is a wonderful narration by David Rintoul - chust sublime! I only get these books in audible form - I think much of the story would be lost - perhaps it would seem repetitive and mundane without David Rintoul's input.
I look forward to the day when Stuart will find lasting happiness - and have the gumption to take Wee Bertie away to FREEDOM with him. I love the whole weaving together of these wonderful characters who have become so real over the years and feel like friends.
Hailing originally from the Firth of Clyde myself, it has warmed me to Edinburgh, so much so that I have even sought out places such as The Canny Mans, The Cumberland Bar, Henderson's, and Valvona & Crolla in Elm Row. I thought the Steiner School was a figment of Sandy's imagination, but I am assured by Edinburgh friends that it does exist. Whether it has ever had pupils named Knotweed, Tofu or Hiawatha remains to be seen.
Irene's character is well written, and it shows how well written as I would love to see her go off to live in Aberdeen - although I am sure Aberdeen has done nothing so bad to deserve her.
Can't wait until the next one Sandy.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
I love this series and the characters in it, but Alexander McCall Smith tends to go off on tangents about life in the contemporary world. Some of that is fine but as the series progresses it seems he’s giving more pages to that and less to moving the story forward. So this was a little slow and dull because of that.
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