Corduroy Mansions (Corduroy Mansions Series #1)

Corduroy Mansions (Corduroy Mansions Series #1)

by Alexander McCall Smith
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Corduroy Mansions (Corduroy Mansions Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 136 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In London, several eccentric people reside at Corduroy Mansions. Wine merchant and connoisseur William wants his twentyish year old son Eddie to move out, but a nuclear bomb is not going to budge his offspring. He gets Freddie the vegan canine whose prime mission is to propel Eddie to move in with people his age. Restaurateur Marcia wants Eddie out of the house also so then she can make a move on empty nester William. Another occupant Dee works at a vitamin store where she tries to help a peer who she feels needs to cleans his system of excess salt. Her flat-mate Jenny earns a difficult living working for detestable MP Oedipus Snark, who treats his employee like a low form of dog excrement. Snark's mom Berthea is writing the definitive biography of her son while her agent Barbara wants to become Mrs. MP. As the walls crumble around the quirky residents, their squabbles make for an enjoyable slice of London life. Low keyed and not for everyone, fans of the author will enjoy the jocularity of everyday people interrelating in a dysfunctional manner as Corduroy Mansions is sort of like an aging supercollider with the people living there as the subatomic particles being sliced and diced. More like Alexander McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street books, than his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, this is a fun look at the foibles of human interactions. Harriet Klausner
Tuffydox More than 1 year ago
Smith introduces a great cast of interesting characters with unique perceptions on life....all bound together by Corduroy Mansions, where most of them reside. The clear breakout star of the group has to be one Freddie de la Hay, a little terrier whose straightforward ways of viewing the world are awesome. Loved the book so much that I immediately bought the sequel, and it's even better! Freddie has the potential to be Smith's next fictional star!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Smith gently leads us into the lives of his characters, exploring their problems, giving depths to the people involved, and digressing into enjoyable sidelights. A good book for times when you're stressed out and need a good read.
RedRaven More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with this book. I kept waiting for something, anything, to happen, and it never did. The writing is a great character study of some offbeat people, but I found myself wanting more. So many characters and with the shift between points of view, and often I found myself lost and wondering was it Tim or Tom or James, with Marcia, Jenny or Barbara? It was very difficult to put the book down, pick it up a minute later and remember what was going on. This is the first book I've read of McCall-Smith's. I am aware of the No. 1 Detective books, so I think I was expecting this to be a mystery as well. I find the Donna Andrews series be to be equally character driven but with more of a plot.
koleen48 More than 1 year ago
This is a charming, fun book! I love the No. ! Lady Detective stories and this one is another hit. I can't wait to read more!
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
I've enjoyed all the books I've read so far by Alexander McCall Smith, and Corduroy Mansions is no exception-one of those books that can be put down and picked up at any moment. Chapters are delivered in perfect bite-sized increments, characters in surprisingly deep and realistic coffee-cup caricatures, and the streets of London are depicted to the beat of modern coffee-shops while strains of Mozart drift along on the breeze. There are art galleries, art history, a politician of dubious honesty and integrity, flat-sharing young adults and a grown-up youth pondering the workings of his car. At the center of all is wine-merchant William and the flat he shares, variously, with son, lady friend and dog. Of course, it's a wonderful dog-you can tell from his picture on the cover. Corduroy Mansions is the first of a new series, so, of course, I'll be looking for volume 2 as soon as it's in paperback. It's definitely another fun book for McCall Smith fans, and a great place to meet him (and his characters) if you're not already a fan. Disclosure: I bought this for myself; I'm a McCall Smith Addict
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not nearly as good as his other series. Didn't finish it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dropped you on the floor. He smiles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She looked confused "wut?"
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So enjoyable, so comfortable. Love his writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
McCall Smith has created interesting characters as usual. It is rather fun encountering his ironies like the art historian deciding he is not gay after all or the dog transitions.
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TFJ More than 1 year ago
Only the British know how to be eccentric within the parameters of polite social graces. The characters are ordinary in such an extraordinary way. I smiled and laughed my way through this book. Intelligently delightful!
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MotherF More than 1 year ago
Some interesting characters and cute plot. I hope to make it through the series and have read the first two. I have read other books of Mr McCall's and he is a multi-talented writer. Looking forward to reading more about this special dog.
DrummerGirlJA More than 1 year ago
I THOUGHT this would be an entertaining, uplifting book about a cute little dog. It is not. The characters are really caricatures. I'm not sure what the author's point is, but I haven't finished this book and definitely will not be purchasing the next books in the series. I regret spending money on this one.
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