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By E. Pearson on 09-22-14
Rewarding As Always
The beginning of this book was most promising; I could happily have accompanied Angus and Domenica throughut the novel. We begin with Angus bumbling about on the morning of his wedding, and his delightful character sings. I was fine with following the many other characters about while Angus and Domenica embark on honeymoon, but I waited eagerly for their return. The book had a finality to it. I would enjoy following other characters--especially poor Bertie who needs to age a bit--but if not, I also feel satisfied and the series feels complete.
I am surprised at needing to make one critical comment. For some very strange reason, the author--not even disguised as a character--tirades against the world of felines so loved by many readers. As a cat owner, I observe, in Smith's unwarranted ramblings off-topic, an immensely inaccurate judgement and a sad lack of knowledge and experience with these gentle animals. He calls them non-trustworthy, non-adoring, and non-companiable! He couldn't be more misguided. In all of his writings it has appeared to me that Smith is a promoter of liberality and patience in dealing with ignorance and suggests, instead, pursuing understanding of characters--and, er--pets. While I am content to believe his tribute to dogs as companions is worthy of my respect, I am sad to see that he has never been held accountable for doing the same towards cats.
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By Monterey Brookman on 08-27-14
This deserves 10 stars!
What made the experience of listening to Sunshine on Scotland Street the most enjoyable?
Alexander McCall Smith is unequalled as writer. His books are masterpieces – and Sunshine on Scotland Street does not disappoint. Psychologically, philosophically, sociologically and soulfully, The characters we have come to know and love in Edinburgh move forward on their journey with Smith's customary charm, wit and are fascinating. Bravo!
What was one of the most memorable moments of Sunshine on Scotland Street?
It's impossible to narrow it down to one memorable moment. -- every character has memorable moments throughout the book.
Have you listened to any of Robert Ian Mackenzie’s other performances before? How does this one compare?
This is the only one I have heard to my millage.
If you could take any character from Sunshine on Scotland Street out to dinner, who would it be and why?
Probably Bertie– And after dinner I would kidnap him! Smith has made looking into this child's mind pure delight.
Any additional comments?
I can recommend this book strongly enough! It's a must read! Thank you, Alexander McCall Smith, for making the literary world a much deeper, richer, brighter place.
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