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The Sunday Philosophy Club (Isabel Dalhousie Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

A Delightful Study

If you go into this book holding certain assumptions, you'll be disappointed but if you occassionally remind yourself that this is NOT Zebra Drive, and that Ms. Dalhousie is NOT supposed to be Mma Ramotswe, you may be able to settle in and enjoy getting to know a fasci...
If you go into this book holding certain assumptions, you'll be disappointed but if you occassionally remind yourself that this is NOT Zebra Drive, and that Ms. Dalhousie is NOT supposed to be Mma Ramotswe, you may be able to settle in and enjoy getting to know a fascinating new character: not someone you're supposed to 'like' or 'approve' of or 'agree with' rather someone who is delightfully complex, a bit stuffy and upright for anyone's taste,too philosophical and hell-bent on 'ethical' to her own downfall, and in all, a great study. I highly recommend this new character and her world and would simply advise any newcomers: forget your expectations: just sit back and enjoy!

posted by Anonymous on September 15, 2008

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not a rewarding read.

I read the African detective series and loved them so I looked with enthusiam to the new series. The Sunday Philosopy Club was slow, plodding and not really rewarding. I finished it because I kept waiting for something major to happen. It was a big disappointment. I...
I read the African detective series and loved them so I looked with enthusiam to the new series. The Sunday Philosopy Club was slow, plodding and not really rewarding. I finished it because I kept waiting for something major to happen. It was a big disappointment. I think the main point was that the main character was just plain dislikeable. A woman of the new century who did not earn my respect in the life she led. I finished it because I bought it. A sad comment.

posted by Anonymous on December 26, 2007

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2007

    Not a rewarding read.

    I read the African detective series and loved them so I looked with enthusiam to the new series. The Sunday Philosopy Club was slow, plodding and not really rewarding. I finished it because I kept waiting for something major to happen. It was a big disappointment. I think the main point was that the main character was just plain dislikeable. A woman of the new century who did not earn my respect in the life she led. I finished it because I bought it. A sad comment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2007

    Stick to the Detective Ramotswe series

    I so thoroughly enjoy the 'No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency'/Precious Ramotswe series that I could not understand how this book was written by the same author. The end was so absurd, unrealistic and had nothing at all to do with the perceding 200 pages. And the philospohical rantings were just so lame. I will continue to read and enjoy Detective Ramotswe but will be sure to stay clear and away from Ms. Dalhousie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 10, 2004

    A big letdown

    Good charactors, but the story was dull.Too much philosophy, not enough charm. Boring read compared to the other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2004

    Oh, oh........

    What I really wanted when I picked this book up was to spend more time with Precious and all who make up her rich world, but knowing that there won't be another Precious novel for a few months, I began this book in anticipation of meeting another character as finely drawn and endearing as she. That didn't happen. Isabel is not someone I'd want to spend much time with with all her judging and philosophizing and meddling. Actually, she's anal and a bore. There seem to have been attempts to make her real-- her little excesses with wine, references to her experience with and fantasies about the opposite sex, her giving into impulse--but somehow her character doesn't ring true. Or is it that one is drawn more to Botswana and the Botswanan character than to Scotland and the Scots? Maybe Isabel is salvageable and there are good adventures ahead for her, but I think for that to happen she needs a life change, namely, to chuck the philosophy club, warm up a little, forego all the patronizing behavior, and quit living in the past.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 7, 2004

    Bring Back Precious!

    I wanted to love this book so much in order to have another wonderful treat to read along with the Botswana series. What a disappointment. None of Precious' charm or delightful personality is evident in Isabel at all. The book plodded on and on with little plot and Isabel's never-ending philosophising. Truly I couldn't find one character I cared a twit about. Please- bring back our beloved Precious- and quickly!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2004

    Oh, bah, this was boring

    I enjoyed the Botswana series but found none of the same charm and affection in this novel. The only interesting character didn't show up often, and the plot was dry as dust. Sorry, I was a disappointed fan.

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