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Corduroy Mansions: A Corduroy Mansions Novel (1) (vuoden 2011 painos)

– tekijä: Alexander McCall Smith

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In London's Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as "a building of no interest whatsoever." But the residents of Corduroy Mansions--including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog--are a rather fascinating lot.… (lisätietoja)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 57) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
Really sweet and humorous story with a likeable cast of characters. Kind of reminded me of PG Wodehouse. Great book with a cup of tea on a rainy Sunday afternoon. ( )
  porte01 | Jan 25, 2021 |
I really enjoyed McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I loved learning about Botswana and getting to know Precious Ramotswe and her friends. Nothing devastating ever happens - there are bad things but there is good at the end. Precious is a sensible person who knows her worth and cares about others.

I moved into all the other series he wrote and I believe I read them all or nearly all. I enjoyed getting to know Edinburgh, particularly from the 44 Scotland St series, and when i visited that great city in 2008 I found the pub that is frequented by many of the characters. There is no plaque on the outside - perhaps there should be?

A few things have bothered me about these books, however. As gentle as he tends to be, McCall Smith also favors generalizations that go unchallenged. As: "Nobody touches anyone any more because they are afraid of being misunderstood." And "people are too busy to have dinner parties very often any more". More than once this reference to touching comes up and it is representative of what bothers me about these books: it is an exaggeration of the truth: some people are indeed sensitive to touch or to some kinds of touch, but most of us are not. Most of us welcome it. And even those who are sensitive are usually understanding when somebody makes a mistake.

McCall Smith makes fun of some types of persons by, again, exaggerating certain qualities that might be found in some but not all. For example, the head of a health food store pushes colonics to the point of offering to give one to an employee herself. And does not see the awkwardness of the offer. Persons who are vegetarians are invariably represented as either hippie-dippy or extreme and inconsistent earth-savers. One who insists on feeding his dog a vegetarian diet yet likely does not eat that way himself.

And dogs. Clearly McCall Smith likes dogs. His representations of them are always sympathetic. Yet there is so much he does not know about them while imparting traits they simply do not have. For example, he believes they feel guilt. Dogs do not. They live in the present and whatever is in the past stays there. Yet he does not recognize that dogs do have an inherent sense of fairness. If one is given a bone but its friend is not, the bone-less dog feels slighted. I learned these things by reading about studies on dogs. There have been many studies because of the way they were bred for human use. There is no other animal who needs humans as well as other dogs in its life.

I am bothered that somebody whose work is in bioethics has no sense of the ethical use of animals for human use. Is his Scottish upbringing so strong that it overcomes such considerations?

I bring up this issue because the dog in this book was raised vegetarian by its main owner. Yet when the co-owner takes on the dog he cares not a whit about the original owner's beliefs and practices. It seems like he should have at least let the man know that he might not follow all of the same practices. It seems rude to ignore them and laugh behind his back as he feeds the dog meat.

I admit I am taking this opportunity to air a few grievances I have nursed while reading all of these books. In general I enjoy them but I am beginning to enjoy them less, particularly because of the exaggerated generalizations and the stereotyped characters of those who hold certain views. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Forgiveness: that's the theme.(pgs 251-252 and the bottom of p.331 are the textual support.) It's a subject Alexander McCall has looked at tenderly in the other series as well. In many ways this new series (if that's what it's to become) is delightful - a dog character who gives "virtual, token licks" and some intriguing ideas on architecture (p.285)attributed to Christopher Alexander; see www.patternlanguage.com

There's a great quote on faith on p.316. "People may need their beliefs. For all I know, in their essence, in the heart of what they say, those beliefs may be expressing something that is very true ...that we need to love one another."

I'm growing a little tired, though, of dominant women and dithering men, a repeating pattern.Nonetheless, this is a nice book when one has a bad cold. I've created a new shelf for this genre, called "light". ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
This is about the audio version of this book: McCall-Smith is is critical need of a competent EDITOR. At 100 chapters, this book was 55 chapters too long for such slight material. I only finished it because it was a long car trip. Never again.... ( )
  LadyVivace | Jul 13, 2018 |
"Corduroy Mansions," by Alexander McCall Smith, tells the tales of various inhabitants of the London building in Pimlico in which the characters live, and some stories associated with the work lives of the same people. For example, Jenny who shares a flat with 3 other girls, works for the awful Oedipus Snark, whose own mother, the psychoanalyst Berthia, loathes him so much that she’s writing a tell-all biography about him. But the main story is that of William the wine seller, who in an effort to finally get his 24-year-old layabout son out of the flat and into his own life, comes into possession of a lovely Pimlico terrier, a dog trained as a drug-sniffer at airports but now a vegetarian (!). And liveliness ensues from there….I really like Smith’s writing, although I lost interest in the No. 1 Ladies’ series after about 8 books, and my main favourite these days is his Isabel Dalhousie books; this one has, I think, 3 books to its name and as the first, “Corduroy Mansions” is a lovely introduction. Gentle, yet realistic too; I think one’s interest in Smith’s works depends on how much gentleness one wants in one’s reading. ( )
  thefirstalicat | May 31, 2017 |
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Like all McCall Smith’s books, their stories are told with warmth, wit and intelligence and his cast of characters are beautifully observed. It’s a page-turner with many happy endings. Perfect.
 
We may laugh, but our sympathies are engaged at the same time: a deeper and more complex emotion than one normally finds in comedy.

It is this fundamental decency that is perhaps the key to McCall Smith's comedies of manners. Corduroy Mansions may lack the local specificity that makes 44 Scotland Street such an enjoyable read, but it's still a great place to visit if you need cheering up.
 
Occasionally, McCall Smith’s duty to weigh each question seriously causes a character to sound unconvincing... the seriousness is always sugar dusted with McCall Smith’s delight in the ridiculous and his perfectly paced humour. While he’s an author who clearly believes most people are decent at heart, he’s not above creating a character so loathsome that we cheer on as the villain’s mother plans an unauthorised biography of him and later, tipsily, fantasises about electrocuting him.
 

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There are multiple audiobook editions of this title. Abridged edition, read by Andrew Sachs, was released by Little, Brown Book Group in the UK (ISBN 10: 1405505737 ISBN 13: 9781405505734, 2009). This reading was also released in the US by Hachette Audio (ISBN 10: 1405509376 ISBN 13: 9781405509374, 2010), and by Hachette Australia (ISBN 10: 0349122393 ISBN 13: 9780349122397, 2010). Unabridged edition was released by Recorded Books, and is read by Simon Prebble. (ISBN 10: 1449839398 ISBN 13: 9781449839390, published 2010). amazon.com unfortunately has missing and/or incorrect information on the three editions they list. Two of the listings have incorrect publication dates (1740 and 1900), but both appear to be the Hachette/Sachs edition. The director Chris Thiese is listed in error as the narrator for the Recorded Books edition.
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In London's Pimlico neighborhood lies a tenement described in architectural guides as "a building of no interest whatsoever." But the residents of Corduroy Mansions--including a literary agent, a wine merchant, a thoroughly unpleasant member of Parliament, and a vegetarian dog--are a rather fascinating lot.

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