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Espresso Tales (vuoden 2006 painos)

– tekijä: Alexander McCall Smith (Tekijä)

Sarjat: 44 Scotland Street (2)

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Between glances in the mirror, vain Bruce contemplates a new career as a wine merchant. His troubled flat-mate Pat finds herself looking for true love at a nudist picnic. Precocious Bertie, now six years old, prepares for kindergarten despite the horror of being forced to wear pink overalls. Meanwhile, his domineering mother Irene and his psychotherapist Dr. Fairbairn struggle with dark secrets as Bertie plots his rebellion against them. And so it's business as usual in the Georgian townhouse at 44 Scotland Street.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Espresso Tales
Kirjailijat:Alexander McCall Smith (Tekijä)
Info:Anchor (2006), 368 pages
Kokoelmat:Oma kirjasto, ebooks
Arvio (tähdet):****
Avainsanoja:fiction, general fiction, humour, comic fiction

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 44) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
[A book review I wrote in 2007]

**A Complete Delight!**

If you don't find this book laugh-out-loud funny, then you will have altogether missed the point! Every bit as delightful as 44 Scotland Street, the parody of Edinburgh characters continues in the author's usual witty fashion, with scenes of the ridiculous (but often not altogether impossible) and individual personality traits highlighted to the greatest degree. It's a superb comment upon the ridiculous... In fact, do we even realise how ridiculous our society can potentially be!?

Get back in touch with old friends from 44 Scotland Street. There's Pat, the young 20-something soon-to-be student... should she go to the nudist party at Moray Place? She's still working in the Art Gallery for Matthew & it's now turning a profit... can Matthew find some confidence? The erstwhile narcissistic Bruce had decided upon the wine trade as his latest venture, having recently been fired from his career as a chartered surveyor... of course, it doesn't bother him in the slightest that he knows nothing at all about wine! Pat's neighbour and friend Domenica is still there with her insightful comments upon humankind. So too, Angus & his faithful friend, Cyril. But more to the point, this book focuses most of all upon little Bertie (now 6) and his insufferably pushy mother, Irene. Can Stuart stand up to Irene and let Bertie be a little boy? Bertie is finding his way, having just started school, he is now tentatively trying to make friends & "fit in". But this is difficult for Bertie with his pink dungarees, his pink bedroom, his yoga classes, and Italian lessons, the entirely unnecessary sessions with the psychotherapist & his Grade 7 saxophone. Bertie wants to love mummy all the time... but is finding it very difficult...

Just as its predecessor the book is written with short pithy chapters (over 100 of them), each presenting a mini-story & social commentary of their own. Some reviewers have found the political chapters boring, but that IS totally the point - read them & you'll see why & don't worry, they're short! I loved every bit of this book & everyone with a good sense of humour should find something to enjoy. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 12, 2020 |
A soothing read. ( )
  Happenence | Oct 2, 2020 |
This is the second book in William McCall Smith's 44 Scotland Street series. Al the characters from the original book are back: Bruce, the narcissistic surveyor, who having been fired from his job has decided to take up a new career as a wine merchant; Pat who after a gap year that has lasted two years has decided to give up her lot at University of St. Andrews and Study at Edinburgh University; Matthew whose gallery is doing surprisingly well, but is disturbed by his father's interest in a much younger woman; Domenica who continues to dispense worldly wisdom to all the tenants; and the precocious six-year-old, Bertie who is still struggling to escape his over achieving mother's never-ending regimen of psychotherapy, saxophone lessons, and conversational Italian.

Nothing much happens, but such is McCall Smith's talents that we care very deeply for all of these characters and follow their exploits, told with warmth and humor to the very last page. ( )
  etxgardener | Apr 20, 2020 |
In Espresso Tales Smith continues to display his remarkably perceptive grasp of the complexities of the human condition. He adds layers like building blocks to characters we've already met revealing more of the why and how folks are the way they are. Some of the 'main' characters, i.e. Domenica, Pat, Angus Lordie and Big Lou are smart, thoughtful, imaginative, adventurous and fun. And where would we be without the marvelous Bertie. Smith shows how dynamic and ever-changing most lives are. Sadly there are a few who remain stagnant, rooted in limited, misguided beliefs, with very little ability (or desire) to understand and accept others.

It is Smith's ability to write about his characters with compassion, sensitivity, and humor, (and yes a wee bit of moralizing) that make his series engaging and appealing.

Looking forward to the 3rd book in this series.
  Bookish59 | Nov 14, 2019 |
Book on CD narrated by Robert Ian MacKenzie

Book two in the “44 Scotland Street” series about the residents of a particular apartment building in Edinburgh. This began as a serialized novel for The Scotsman newspaper and became so popular that the daily episodes were compiled into the original novel, which left many of the stories unfinished. Readers demanded more, and Smith was more than happy to comply.

Bertie is now in kindergarten, forced to wear pink – or “crushed strawberry” – overalls when he’d rather dress like the other boys in his class. Bruce is contemplating a new career as a wine merchant, but he’s just as clueless about what real work entails as he was in the first book. Pat is going to Edinburgh University and entering a new relationship. Matthew’s gallery is doing splendidly, but he’s worried about his father (and his father’s new girlfriend). Angus. his dog Cyril, Domenica, Dr Fairbairn and a host of other characters round out the cast and provide chuckles and/or tender moments throughout.

The novel is a sort of ensemble piece, with chapters alternating among the characters, following Pat for a few segments, then Bertie, then Bruce, etc. It’s not great literature but it is great fun to read. Reminds me of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series.

Robert Ian MacKenzie does a fine job narrating the audiobook. He has a gift for voices, making it easy to follow the many characters. I could listen to his Scottish brogue all day. ( )
  BookConcierge | May 31, 2018 |
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Between glances in the mirror, vain Bruce contemplates a new career as a wine merchant. His troubled flat-mate Pat finds herself looking for true love at a nudist picnic. Precocious Bertie, now six years old, prepares for kindergarten despite the horror of being forced to wear pink overalls. Meanwhile, his domineering mother Irene and his psychotherapist Dr. Fairbairn struggle with dark secrets as Bertie plots his rebellion against them. And so it's business as usual in the Georgian townhouse at 44 Scotland Street.

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