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La's Orchestra Saves the World

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

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    I enjoyed this book very much, although it was very bitter-sweet. It had a bit of a slow start but picked up further on.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 27, 2011

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    Highly Recommended - you will enjoy this book!

    This is a tender story of courage and love during World War II: love and loyalty for one's country; love, trust and dependence upon one's neighbors and local community; and of course, the heart's yearnings that are beyond our control whether in wartime or peace. The characters are true, full of quirks and actions that are completely believable. As in our own lives, there is a parallel between the personal and the world view; we have love, betrayal, hope.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    La's Orchestra Saves The World

    I love Alexander McCall Smith's "Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" series, so I thought I would give this book a try. While I didn't love this book, it was a worthwhile read. I learned about life during WWII in England. This book has sadness, but also warmth and human caring. I felt parts of it were a bit trite, but I enjoyed reading it and liked how it ended.

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  • Posted February 7, 2010

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    Orchestral Hit

    Alexander McCall Smith's writing transports the reader to another time and place. It's a gentle reminder of the hardship endured during the war and the determined way the English people carried on with life and tried to make their lives better despite their circumstances. This is a quiet, gentle story. A very good read.

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  • Posted February 2, 2010

    La's Orchestra Saves the World: Testimony to ordinary decency and the impact of small actions on those in our world.

    McCall Smith has a tremendous ability to translate the everyday into a story and commentary that spells out the underlying values and philosophy of the characters, and, inevitably, the author. This story reminds me that the little things do count. The fact that there are so many little things in a life sometimes causes us to discount their value, even to ourselves. The outcome of this story speaks to the improvement in the quality of life by simple gestures. In a day of increasing emphasis on minimalism to counteract the overwhelming influx of information, and the complexity of relationships, McCall Smith reminds us that everything that makes life bearable, and sometimes, enjoyable, comes back to personal growth and the values of kindness and doing what can be done by one.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    I like just about everything he writes.

    My wife and I listened to the book in our car and really enjoyed it. I would have liked to know a little more about why the young boys only lived with La for 3 or 4 years (I couldn't figure out exactly how long they stayed with her). What happened to La's relationship with their father? I wanted to know.

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  • Posted January 30, 2010

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    La's Orchestra Saves the World

    As always, McCall Smith is very, very entertaining.

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