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- Listening Length: 3 hours and 51 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.com Release Date: January 7, 2005
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0007OB5IK
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At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances Audiobook – Unabridged
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I think I've read every other book he's written and have loved the characters (or disliked them because I was supposed to!) and stories. I lived in South Africa for two years and Mc Call captures
Precious R. so well you'd think the book was written by a female from Botswana. Isobel Dalhousie is an interesting philosopher and I love that she's a woman philosopher. Bertie tries SO hard and his mother, albeit trying even harder, is the world's most irritating woman and you just want to bundle him up and take him off to live the life of a freer child. As for the other 44 Scotland Street characters, I got so involved in all their lives from book one that I couldn't wait for another book to come out.
I've felt that way about each series, except Portugese Irregular Verbs, Villa of Reduced Circumstances, etc. Didn't enjoy that series one whit! I'm sure there are people out there who enjoyed this series, but I wasn't one of them, sad to say. I was, in fact, shocked by just how much I did NOT like this series as I was expecting to be enchanted as I almost always am by McCall Smith's books. Mind you, I continue to look forward to books in his other series, but will never buy one about these professors again!
Nonetheless, the good Doctor still exists. And in this adventure, we see a story in 2 parts. The first part describes the Professor's 4 month visit to Cambridge. Smith focuses on the differences between manners, mannerisms, modes of speaking and other idiosyncrasies about England and Germany in relating his story of the Professor's stay at Cambridge.
The second part gets even more interesting as the Professor finally gets the recognition he feels he deserves. In fact perhaps he gets just a little more recognition than he bargained for when he is taken prisoner by Columbian Guerilla Fighters in the midst of a revolution. At this point, Smith moves into the dream state of a story unfolding without the protagonist having any control over the outcome. Yet the outcome is indeed a grand one.
The book is highly recommended to Alexander McCall Smith enthusiasts. It is also recommended to those who wish to see how academicians sometimes interact with the real world in a very strange manner.
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