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The Importance of Being Seven

A 44 Scotland Street Novel

McCall Smith, Alexander

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Importance of Being Seven
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"The great city of Edinburgh is renowned for its impeccable restraint, so how, then, did the extended family of 44 Scotland Street come to be trembling on the brink of reckless self-indulgence? Bertie is--finally!--about to turn seven. But one afternoon he mislays his meddling mother Irene, and learns a valuable lesson: wish-fulfillment can be a dangerous business. Angus and Domenica contemplate whether to give in to romance on holiday in Italy, and even usually down-to-earth Big Lou is overheard discussing cosmetic surgery"--P. [4] of cover.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Anchor Books ed
ISBN: 0307739368
9780307739360
Characteristics: 311 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: McIntosh, Iain.

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May 18, 2013
  • lozza1401 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Another exceptional instalment into the series. I am still waiting for Irene to get her come-uppance.

Dec 09, 2012
  • DanglingConversations rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This is a 'mixed review' some good chapters, some funny moments, some interesting insights into small town Edinburgh but I finsihed the book with a sense of unresolved questions. Especially I was concerned that Bertie's [albeit fictional] mother still had too much control and would cause a lot of damage to her son before he reached adulthood. Worse, the fate of younger sibling Ulyssis is left to our imagination. Some of the tensions from previous novels are resolved with good humour and some pathos. I feel the author is riding on his reputation and not honing his art nor respecting his audience.

Jun 16, 2012
  • akarenina rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Charming and satisfying in typical McCall Smith fashion.

May 01, 2012
  • melwyk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I've enjoyed all the books in this series, but this one was fantastic. It was the best yet, as we've come to know all the characters and follow them along many escapades throughout the previous five volumes. This book resolves some of the tensions in various storylines, giving the reader a wonderful sense of closure and satisfaction.

These books provide amusement, entertainment and satisfaction in the storyline in each episode. I can't critically review it because I simply love it. So that's my summation: I loved it; I love the characters and the setting, and it's only getting better. If you love gentle satire, wry amusement, and characters either lovable or ludicrous you will find this a great read.

Mar 07, 2011
  • kmoyer rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Life continues on apace for the now familiar set of charaters in Edinburgh - a shame we are not able to keep more regularly up to date with a weekly or monthly installment in the Globe & Mail or local paper.

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