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The World According to Bertie: 44 Scotland Street Series (4)
The World According to Bertie: 44 Scotland Street Series (4)
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Author: Alexander McCall Smith

Brand: Anchor

Color: Multicolor

Edition: Illustrated

Format: Illustrated

Number Of Pages: 343

Release Date: 11-11-2008

Details: Product Description 44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 4 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.  There is never a quiet moment on 44 Scotland Street. In The World According to Bertie, Pat deals with the reappearance of Bruce, which has her heart skipping—and not in a pleasant way. Angus Lordie's dog Cyril has been taken away by the authorities, accused of being a serial biter. Unexpectedly, Domenica has offered to help free him. As usual, Big Lou is still looking for love, and handing out coffee and advice to the always contemplative Matthew. And Bertie, the beleaguered Italian-speaking six year old prodigy, now has a little brother, Ulysses, who Bertie hopes will help distract his pushy mother Irene. Beautifully observed, cleverly detailed, The World According to Bertie is classic McCall Smith and a treat for his avid fans as well as his first time readers. From Publishers Weekly Smith delivers yet another delightful installment to his Scotland Street series. This time out, he focuses mostly on the irrepressible Bertie Pollock, a precocious six-year-old whose mummy, Irene, forces him to play a saxophone, converse in Italian, do yoga and see Dr. Hugo Fairbairn, a psychotherapist who looks a lot like Bertie's baby brother, Ulysses. As Bertie struggles to accommodate his nutty mummy and new brother, another crisis explodes for artist Angus Lordie, whose beloved dog, Cyril, has been thrown in the pound for biting someone. Cyril is innocent, and Angus, with Bertie's assistance, sets out to rescue Cyril before he's put down. Subplots abound, and Smith details with dependable whimsical flair the romantic progress of Scotland Street familiars Matthew, Pat and Bruce. Series fans know what to expect, and they get it by the truckload. (Nov.) Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. From Booklist *Starred Review* Six-year-old saxophonist Bertie Pollock steals the show in this fourth installment in McCall Smith’s witty and wise 44 Scotland Street series (after Love over Scotland, in 2007). Precocious Bertie, who counts command of Italian among his many talents, had hoped that the arrival of his little brother, Ulysses, would give him a break from his overbearing mother, Irene. No such luck. She continues to monitor his every move, even demanding his help with Ulysses’ care (including the dreaded diaper change). Meanwhile, irrepressible painter Angus Lordie is depressed over the precarious fate of his dog, Cyril, who’s been labeled a serial biter. Pat, too, is dogged by the reappearance of consummate narcissist and cad Bruce, who’s back in Edinburgh after time spent in London. Also returning are anthropologist Domenica Macdonald, who finds plenty of subjects to study right in her own building, and Big Lou, owner of the local coffee bar and earnest listener to the laments of well-to-do Matthew, who’s every bit as unremarkable as his distressed-oatmeal sweater. McCall Smith writes with wry humor and heart about his native Scotland, as in this description of one of the country’s potables, Crabbie’s Green Ginger Wine: “redolent of everything quintessentially Edinburgh: slightly sharp, slightly disapproving, slightly superior.” Loyal fans and newcomers alike will marvel at McCall Smith’s ability to find deep meanings in the small moments of life. --Allison Block Review Praise for the 44 Scotland Street series: "McCall Smith's assessments of fellow humans are piercing and profound. . . . [His] depictions of Edinburgh are vivid and seamless." — San Francisco Chronicle “Irresistible. . . . Smith has rendered another winner, packed with the charming characters, piercing perceptions and shrewd yet generous humor that have become his cachet.” — Chicago Sun-Times About the Author Alexander Mc

EAN: 9780307387066

Languages: English

Binding: Paperback

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