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Sunshine on Scotland Street: A 44 Scotland Street Novel Digital – January 1, 2012
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- Publisher : Polygon; 1st edition (January 1, 2012)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1405520388
- ISBN-13 : 978-1405520386
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In this eighth book of the 44 Scotland Street series, the reader becomes quickly embroiled in the life and times of those honest, humble people of Edinburgh. Well, some of the characters are a bit over-proud of themselves but that helps create balance in the plot of this on-going tale of the inhabitants of 44 Scotland Street. This time, the marriage of Angus and Domineca is eminent and the whole ceremony is almost lost, due to Cyril's absentmindedness, until Matthew, his best man, cleverly and hilariously saves the day.
After the ceremony, the happy couple are poised to jet off for their Jamaican honeymoon. But what to do with Cyril, Angus's dog? An overjoyed Bertie is asked to mind Cyril, while the happy couple is away for three weeks, much to the consternation and distaste of his mother, the domineering Irene. Subsequently, Cyril is shunted from pillar to post, since Bertie's ability to take care of the dog at 44 Scotland Street is soon derailed by Irene, during one of her finer moments of being a self-absorbed, thoroughly modern mother.
We also revisit Matthew and Elspeth who are still adjusting to parenthood with their new triplets. The couple unwittingly get themselves into a film that is meant to depict the everyday life of Edinburgers. The filming goes awry but allows Matthew to reevaluate and justify his life. Once again, Big Lou waxes eloquent. Bruce who, in a daring doppelganger scheme, wins a very large lottery but, of course, his conscience is compromised when he has to share the take......which is definitely not his style.....however he's met his match with his neighboring twin.
There's little true mystery in this novel but there are several, worrying unusual conflicts that upset the everyday lives in and around 44 Scotland Street. As usual, Alexander McCall Smith waxes eloquent with this mildly, philosophical sleuthing, not to mention his skilled yet gentle sarcasm. His superb language skills and knowledge of many philosophical, ethical, social, political, historical and literary subjects is astounding. He is a gifted writer whose seemingly light weight novels are quite deeply gratifying, as they delve into the workings of the morally, or unmorally, informed players of his novels.
I've read almost 40 of his stories and I'm an Alexander McCall Smith junkie! I love his unusually quirky, philosophical and mildly sarcastic meanderings through wide variety of settings and characterizations. I can't wait for a new installment, in any of his novel series, to be published.
Editor: We need to put a bit more thrust in your latest book. You know, something that will broaden your audience.
Editor: Let's say, for instance, we titillate the Gay community with some innuendo and such. Let's bring Bruce into the forefront - and a gay guy.
Editor: Maybe we can sell even more books. What do you think?
This book took a turn I wasn't prepared to make. I haven't finished it, and not sure I will. I'm not fond of being caught off guard by this author, whom I usually go to for solace and good clean fun.
I'm probably saying goodbye, Mr. Smith. You're heading into a direction that I won't be following. Thanks for the good years, tho. I hope your Africa series doesn't try to grab a new audience, too.
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That said, the series remains one of best things I have read in many years, and my gripes didn't stop me from enjoying it.
understand why one of the reviewers thinks this latest story is treading water.) On the other hand the author breaks new ground
with the return of the self admiring Bruce, and in quite a novel way. I note that the majority of the reviewers have rated it 5 stars and that must surely mean it is a 'must buy'.