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Love Over Scotland: A 44 Scotland Street Novel (3) [Kindle Edition]

Alexander Mccall Smith
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44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 3

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.  

This just in from Edinburgh: the complicated lives of the denizens of 44 Scotland Street are becoming no simpler. Domenica Macdonald has left for the Malacca Straits to conduct a perilous anthropological study of pirate households. Angus Lordie’s dog, Cyril, has been stolen, and is facing an uncertain future wandering the streets. Bertie, the prodigiously talented six-year-old, is still enduring psychotherapy, but his burden is lightened by a junior orchestra's trip to Paris, where he makes some interesting new friends. Back in Edinburgh, there is romance for Pat with a handsome young man called Wolf, until she begins to see the attractions of the more prosaically named Matthew.

Teeming with McCall Smith’s wonderful wit and charming depictions of Edinburgh, Love Over Scotland is another beautiful ode to a city and its people that continue to fascinate this astounding author.




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The irresistible third entry to the 44 Scotland Street series picks up with the residents of 44 Scotland Street where Espresso Tales left off and is as addictive as any book McCall Smith has written. Anthropologist Domenica has flown off to the Straits of Malacca to study modern-day pirates. Back in Edinburgh, Pat moves from 44 Scotland Street and develops a crush on fellow art student Wolf, whose strange ways hint at a darker subplot that involves Pat's flatmate. Pat moves in with gallery owner Matthew, who struggles with both a sudden fortune and a yearning for Pat. Meanwhile, child prodigy saxophonist Bertie becomes a reluctant member of the Edinburgh Teenage Orchestra at age six and later, on a trip to Paris, finds himself wonderfully unsupervised. Poet/portrait painter Angus is tormented by the theft of his beloved dog Cyrus. The proceedings sparkle with McCall Smith's trademark wit (It was not always fun being a child, just as it had not always been fun being a medieval Scottish saint), proving once again, he's a true treasure. Illustrations by Iain McIntosh enliven the text. (Nov.)
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Praise for the 44 Scotland Street series:

“[McCall Smith] is a pro, and he delivers sharp observation, gentle satire . . . as well as the expected romantic complications. . . . [Readers will] relish McCall Smith’s depiction of this place . . . and enjoy his tolerant, good-humored company.” —The New York Times Book Review

“Alexander McCall Smith once again proves himself a wry but gentle chronicler of humanity and its foibles.” —The Miami Herald


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Product Details

  • File Size: 1939 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307275981
  • Publisher: Anchor (November 6, 2007)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000W91404
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,073 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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84 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars People I'd like to meet doing interesting things October 30, 2007
Format:Paperback
Responses to this series divide so sharply that it's tempting merely to write that "people who like this sort of thing will like this", but that would do a tremendous disservice to those who haven't yet discovered this series.

Chapters ran first as a serial in a newspaper in Scotland, about 1000 words a day ending, often as not, in little or larger cliffhangers. The characters continue from the first two volumes -- these are volumes, more than novels -- and they continue to engage each other or find themselves in improbable, quirky episodes. So the first thing is that if you didn't like serialized comics or cartoons, you will probably be happier not trying to get into this.

In addition, Alexander McCall Smith often includes a little mystery that culminates in a twist. Although the endings are sensible, not fantastical, these are not problems to be solved as a result of logical clues having been dropped along the way. If red herrings annoy you instead of amusing you, this is not a book you will enjoy.

There are a few causes taken up. One in particular, letting little boys be little boys instead of trying to churn out androgynous little prodigies, I happen strongly to agree with, but Smith does not make the point with a light or subtle touch. Those strongly disposed against this notion might take offense, which would certainly interfere with their enjoyment.

Why do I take so much trouble warning off those who will not like this book? Because I think that those who want something fun, imaginative, provocative (mostly in a gentle way), and redolent of place (Edinburgh and well beyond in this volume) will have a blast picking this up.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Charles Dickens of our day November 5, 2007
Format:Paperback
Alexander McCall Smith is the Charles Dickens of our day. We forget that Dickens wrote many of his novels as serials in magazines and this McCall Smith book was originally serialised in the Scotsman newspaper in Edinburgh, the Scottish capital where the plot is set.

However, unlike Dickens, McCall Smith is a wonderfully enjoyable read, with none of the depressive quality of a Dickens novel.

Not only that but in this, the third volume, many delightful things take place that bring happy resolution to some of the many fascinating sub-plots that readers have been pondering over the past few years. So for afficianados like me - and, I suspect hundreds of thousands of you - this is an espcially enjoyable novel!

You can also visit Scotland Street! My wife and I recently did a McCall Smith tour of Edinburgh and had a wonderful time.

These really are as good as the Botswana novels - read them with equal pleasure and be sure to tell all your friends. It will be an ideal gift for Christmas - and for Thanksgiving, for that matter, too.

Christopher Catherwood (author of CHURCHILL'S FOLLY [Carroll and Graf] and of MAKING WAR IN THE NAME OF GOD [Citadel])
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Loving Scotland Street November 17, 2007
Format:Paperback
If you loved the other Scotland Street books, you will love this one. If you didn't, why are you reading this review? If you haven't read the earlier books, read their reviews first.

I was introduced to this series by my 85-year-old mother, who is in a nursing home in Nebraska, and is still the world's best reader. She took great pleasure in reading "Espresso Tales" aloud to the only person for many miles who would fall out of her chair laughing at such arcane humor. Melanie Klein jokes, for heaven's sake! I admit it--the snob factor is a big one for me. I may not get the Edinburgh jokes, but I get the intellectual ones.

I adore this series--I even like it better than the other McCall Smith series (I don't particularly like Isabel Dalhousie). I adore this book. My favorite part is written from the POV of Cyril, Angus Lordie's dog. Or maybe it's the bemused discussion of May 1968. Or the moment when the fireworks go off for Matthew. Or what I suspect is a send-up of a classic (and creepy) Melanie Klein transcript. Or... I guess I'll just have to read it again.

Try reading this book aloud to someone simpatico. Or have someone with a great reading style (like my mother) read it to you. It's a lovely experience.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Serial by McCall Smith March 24, 2008
Format:Paperback
To an urban American, the McCall Smith characters of the "44 Scotland Street" - like "The Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" - resound in familiarity and honesty, rarely found characteristics in my home town. And like "No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency", the characters within these pages infectiously become more and more precious as the serial writer's presentation increases.

The most honest, and most poignant character, is 6-year old Bertie whose constant battles with mother Irene and father Stuart pinnacle when he goes to the police station and tells the police about his parents' business engagement with Lard O'Connor (the Tony Soprano of Scotland). It is all so simple, a carryover from the second novel. But, things in Edinburgh get darker.

Anthropologist Domenica actually goes out to see her Malaysian pirates, and discovers that they are scamming dolts who betray the pirate motto of lore. Even her pirate guide scams her by intruding and interfering with her work, until she bags him near the book's end.

Angus, the artist whose dog Cyril is everyone's friend, also is scammed by a Scot when his beloved mutt is dognapped while he is grocery shopping. Thankfully Cyril returns, but only after walking the streets of Edinburgh with a broken heart and an aching jaw, an injury derived from the dognapper's unsolicited swift kick.

But, Scotland Street's inhabitants - on the whole - are good people. "She has seen candour and honesty and utter transparency. But you had to be a child to be like that today, because all about us was the most pervasive cynicism that eroded everything with its superficiality and its sneers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars delightful
Philosophy plus humor. It doesn't get any better Looking forward to more books by McCall Smith. I am a fan.
Published 1 month ago by E. BALTIMORE
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent! pure delight to read
Published 1 month ago by William H. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun read, well-developed characters.
Published 3 months ago by Roberta B. Stamper
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome as are all of Alexander McCall Smith's books.
Published 3 months ago by Carol Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!
I love this series so much. Not a lot of plot, but I love following along in all these characters' lives.
Published 3 months ago by A. Reed
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming and fun
By the end of this book, you feel like each of the characters are you fiends. I love the light humor.
Published 4 months ago by April Jenner
5.0 out of 5 stars ... of the 44 Scotland Series which are here are excellent. I have...
All three of the 44 Scotland Series which are here are excellent. I have read all three in the past and am giving these as a present to my son who lokes McCall Smith but hasn't... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Betty Shull
5.0 out of 5 stars McCall Smith is a terrific writer and I think the 44 Scotland Street...
McCall Smith is a terrific writer and I think the 44 Scotland Street series is his best - smart, generous-hearted and funny, a delight to read..
Published 4 months ago by John Schwartzkoff
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another fabulous chapter in the ongoing story of very amusing characters.
Published 5 months ago by C. G. Vaden
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book!
I got to know the characters of Scotland St in the previous two books. I came to love them in this book. I want to know more about them and am totally engaged in their lives. Read more
Published 5 months ago by S. CHALOM
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Alexander McCall Smith was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He is now Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He has written more than fifty books, including a number of specialist titles, but is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has achieved bestseller status on four continents. In 2004 he was awarded British Book Awards Author of the Year and Booksellers Association Author of the Year. He lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra).

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