The Importance of Being Seven

The Importance of Being Seven

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44 SCOTLAND STREET - Book 6

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.  
 
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? After seven years and five books, 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. Funny, warm, and heartfelt as ever,  The Importance of Being Seven  offers fresh and wise insights into philosophy and fraternity among Edinburgh's most lovable residents.

Publisher: Edinburgh : Polygon, ©2010
ISBN: 9780307399625
Characteristics: 311 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: McIntosh, Iain

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lozza1401
May 18, 2013

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

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.

akarenina Jun 16, 2012

Charming and satisfying in typical McCall Smith fashion.

melwyk May 01, 2012

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.

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kmoyer
Mar 07, 2011

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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