The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (44 Scotland Street Series #5)

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (44 Scotland Street Series #5)

by Alexander McCall Smith
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The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (44 Scotland Street Series #5) by Alexander McCall Smith

44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 5

The residents and neighbors of 44 Scotland Street and the city of Edinburgh come to vivid life in these gently satirical, wonderfully perceptive serial novels, featuring six-year-old Bertie, a remarkably precocious boy—just ask his mother.  

Featuring all the quirky characters we have come to know and love, The Unbearable Lightness of Scones, finds Bertie, the precocious six-year-old, still troubled by his rather overbearing mother, Irene, but seeking his escape in the Cub Scouts. Matthew is rising to the challenge of married life with newfound strength and resolve, while Domenica epitomizes the loneliness of the long-distance intellectual. Cyril, the gold-toothed star of the whole show, succumbs to the kind of romantic temptation that no dog can resist and creates a small problem, or rather six of them, for his friend and owner Angus Lordie.
 
With his customary deftness, Alexander McCall Smith once again brings us an absorbing and entertaining tale of some of Scotland's most quirky and beloved characters—all set in the beautiful, stoic city of Edinburgh.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307454706
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/12/2010
Series: 44 Scotland Street Series , #5
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 151,254
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics.

Hometown:

Edinburgh, Scotland

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1948

Place of Birth:

Zimbabwe

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Unbearable Lightness of Scones (44 Scotland Street Series #5) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Edinburgh six years old Bertie Pollock needs to escape the war between his parents over how to raise their kid. He would like to give them pointers but they are too obtuse with adult power to listen to their child. Instead he decides the cub scouts might be the perfect escape especially from his mom as Irene is stifling (not that he wants to go camping in the woods). Neither of his parents are fond of the idea that their darling wants to join the scouts; for that matter neither is Bertie. Meanwhile Cyril the canine has fallen in lust leaving his pet human artist Angus Lordie with six issues to deal with. Newly married Matthew adapts to life with a live in partner as does his wife Elspeth who has no idea how men behave. Finally lonely Domenica remains isolated with in many ways only his intellectual self and Cyril and his new horde to talk with while mumbling that his dog is scoring better than he ever has. As always a torrent in a teacup confront the occupants at of 44 Scotland Street This is a terrific slice of Edinburgh as the readers learn more of The World According to Bertie and other residents of 44 Scotland Street. The characters are extremely deep yet cleverly understated. Their wonderful profound stories intertwine into a "Precious" tale as Alexander McCall Smith showcases his Love Over Scotland as much as he has Botswana. Harriet Klausner
bbMO More than 1 year ago
I love Bertie and all of his Scotland Street neighbors. I have read all of the books in the 44 Scotland Street series, and can't wait for the new release next spring. My heart goes out to Bertie, and hope for his character to finally get to enjoy being a boy - and not having to wear crushed strawberry dungarees anymore!
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Shortbreadlover More than 1 year ago
It took me quite awhile to get into the story. You need a bit(or should I say a Wee bit) of Scottish in you to appreciate it fully. I did not like it as well as McCall Smith's Ladies Detective Agency books. There are some interesting and memorable characters, but some of it became a wee bit tiresome.
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ReaderBF More than 1 year ago
You will fall in love with the characters who live on 44 Scottland Street. You will laugh at their antics, feel saddened by their heartbreaks, understand their foibles and feel like you have lived in Edinburgh yourself - right next door to these incrediblely interesting people (and a dog with a gold tooth who winks). Don't miss out on the entire series! And please, Mr. McCall Smith - write another one! Save Bertie!
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