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Thursday, February 4, 2010

The Unbearable Lightness of Scones by Alexander McCall Smith~★★★

Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Title: The Unbearable Lightness of Scones
Release Date:
January 12th, 2010
Publisher:
Anchor
Genre:
Fiction

Book Cover: "Featuring all the endearing 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 quirkiest and most beloved characters---denizens of the beautiful, stoic city of Edinburgh."

Taryn's Review:
At first I didn't realize this book was part of a series until I was halfway into it. I was wondering why the background wasn't explained more. I finally read the back of the book and realized what was going on!

I really liked some the characters' stories. Bertie and his family dynamics really captured my attention, as well as how Bertie dealt with a mother who was very suffocating. Matthew and Elspeth were interesting, especially since they both seemed keen on running their marriage in an odd fashion that had little to do with love. I also found Domenica to be a mystery and would love to learn more about her story. I did not enjoy Angus Lordie's story and halfway through the book just started skipping his sections. Big Lou and her boyfriend had the same effect on me.

I think I would give another book in the series a try (preferably the first one!), but if that book didn't convince me to keep reading, I wouldn't bother. The stories I did enjoy were enough to keep me reading, especially through the ones I really didn't like.

1 comment:

  1. hey darlin! i'd be interested to see what you thought of the book: "Conversations With A Fat Girl" by Liza Palmer. It's wicked funny and had me cracking up the whole time. If you're ever in the mood for a good witty giggle, I highly recommend it :)

    ~Aimee

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