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by Iain McIntosh,Alexander McCall Smith

Bestselling author Alexander McCall Smith brings all the warmth of his extraordinary No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books and the Sunday Philosophy Club series to this witty novel chronicling the lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh. Originally serialized in The Scotsman, 44 Scotland Street is an international sensation.When twenty-year-old Pat rents a room from handsome and cocky Bruce, she inherits some delightfully colourful neighbours: Domenica, an insightful and eccentric widow; Bertie, a five-year-old who’s mastered both saxophone and Italian; and Irene, his overbearing mother. Pat’s new job at a gallery seems easy enough. Her boss spends most of his time drinking coffee in a local café and discussing matters great and small, and Pat’s duties are light. That is until she realizes that one of their paintings may be an undiscovered work of a renowned Scottish artist and she discovers that one of their customers may be in on the secret. Add to this a fancy ball, love triangles and an encounter with a famous crime writer, and you have Alexander McCall Smith’s entertaining and humorous portrait of Edinburgh society.
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ISBN: 0676977243
ISBN13: 978-0676977240
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction
Author: Iain McIntosh,Alexander McCall Smith
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage Canada; First Edition edition (June 14, 2005)
Pages: 352 pages
ePUB size: 1253 kb
FB2 size: 1811 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 724
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I have always loved stories about the different people in a contained community like a boarding house ( Pere Guriot by Balzac), Amsted Maupin's "Tales of the City" or a neighborhood , a book by Maeave Binchy. This collection started out , like Maupinis books as a serialized story in the news papers . It is similarly delightful! I love the character development that happens over the chapters and have already started the second book in the series. If you like that sort of story telling, I highly recommend it. I am getting to know the city and customs of Edinburgh. I am also getting a glimpse into the Scottish nature and it is interesting.
I was disappointed. The characters were interesting, but the plot seemed non-existent. It reminded me of a television sit-com with vignettes and humor, but no real story.
Having read Alexander McCall Smith's The #1 Ladies Detective series, I was happy to purchase the first of another of his series. This one didn't disappoint. It is about a bunch of eclectic individuals who live in an apartment complex in Edinburgh. Each has his or her own flaws and strengths. Mr. Smith writes with such descriptive prose, you won't have to worry about missing out on any character developments. From Pat, the 20 year old who is on her 2nd "gap" year; Bruce, the narcissistic brutally handsome roommate; Domenica an elderly woman who is grounded and gives great advice, to the parents of 5 year old Bertie, there is someone who will interest and amuse you. I did bog down in a few areas when the subject matter turned to events and people I didn't know. Still, a completely enjoyable book and I will probably invest in the next of the series.
An interesting bunch of characters. Pat, a young woman, who is just starting out in her own life. Bertie, the preschooler, who just wants to be a kid. Irene, Bertie's mother, who, like all first-time mothers, is a bit neurotic - wanting what's best for her child but not seeking what the child wants. Bruce, the man who loves looking at himself. I can't wait to see what they are up to next.
"44 Scotland Street' is an address in Edinburgh, Scotland that has multiple interesting tenants. In a book, similar to "Tales of the City" by Armistead Maupin, the lives of the tenants is told to us in short chapter style as it was published in the newspaper 'The Scotland' as a serial.

Besides the enjoyment of being able to read as much or little as you wish at a time, the individual tales hold you captive in their ability to make you want to know what happens next.

There is Pat, a 20 yr old, second year gap student, trying to make her way in the city. She leases a shared flat with Bruce, a clerk with a surveyor company. Bruce is very aware of his beauty to all. Pat attains a job with Matthew, an art gallery owner with his own issues.

A lovely widow, Domenica lives across the way and befriends Pat with her tales of life and adventure.

Downstairs, is a family, Stuart, Irene, and their five year old Son, Bertie. Bertie is a genius, according to Mummy, and is forced to play the Saxophone (tenor at that,) and learn Italian. Bertie? Well, he loves trains.

We meet characters from outside the apartment house as well. Big Lou, owner of the coffee house who reads everything she can, and Angus, a portrait painter with his pooch, Cyril (who sports a gold tooth and love of ale.)

I read this first volume in a day. It was a compulsion to see what happened next. Not to mention to figure out the mysterious painting...

Indulge yourselves and share in a good gossip. It is a guilty pleasure in this case.
This book was originally published in daily parts over 6 months, and the 110 installments build up a delightful, wry portrait of Edinburgh and some of its quirky denizens. Insightful, sad, thought-provoking, and sometime laugh-out-loud funny, this is a wonderful book, and I will definitely be moving on the the next book in the series, Espresso Tales.
This book is filled with character development that lets you know them well by book’s end. You may not like them, you may disagree with them, you may admire them—but you definitely know them. Written as a serial, at first the chapters seem to lack flow, but eventually a pace is established that makes sense. At times I felt bogged down with some of the conversations. However, it was that character’s style and the discomfort was mine to handle.
I loved everything about this book---its premise of people bound only by the fact they share the same apartment building, the witty dialogue, the colorful characters who make you cheer them or boo them, the book's format---everything worked together for a truly enjoyable reading experience.

Since most apartment dwellers hardly know their neighbors, it gives the reader a warm feeling to know that true friendships can be found behind the closed doors in a big city. And what interesting people these doors are hiding! The main characters are: Pat, the twenty-year old who is somewhat embarrassed to be floundering through her second gap year; Bruce, her narcissistic flatmate whose favorite activity is looking at himself in the mirror; Domenica, the wise widow who offers a friendly welcome; Irene, the overbearing mother determined to turn her five-year-old into a child prodigy with endless lessons in saxophone and Italian; and, best of all, there is Bertie, the winsome child wonder himself who is wise beyond his years and desperate to be a normal kid. Fortunately for the reader, the author has captured all the characters with their beauty as well as their warts.

The short, cliff-hanging chapters are fast-clipped and easy to read. It was not surprising to discover this novel was originally serialized in 110 installments of a Scottish newspaper, but like others have mentioned, I'm glad I didn't have to wait 110 days to enjoy this tale. I predict you will be as well. From the moments you will laugh out loud to those that will break your heart, this is a book that will leave you anxious to read the next installment because these characters are addictive and you will love being a fly-on-the-wall of 44 Scotland Street.