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The Revolving Door of Life (44 Scotland Street, 10)

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The Revolving Door of Life (44 Scotland Street, 10)

by Alexander McCall Smith

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New York: Anchor, February 2016. Trade Paperback. Very Good+. Text unmarked. Light spine crease. Light edgewear to covers. Not from a library. No remainder mark. 282 pages.

Excitement abounds when the revolving door of life brings fresh faces and hilarious new developments to the residents of 44 Scotland Street. Things are looking up for seven-year-old Bertie Pollock. The arrival of his spirited grandmother and the absence of his meddlesome mother--who is currently running a book club in a Bedouin harem (don't ask)--bring unforeseen blessings: no psychotherapy, no Italian lessons, and no yoga classes. Meanwhile, surprises await Scotland Street's grown-ups. Matthew makes a discovery that could be a major windfall for his family, but also presents a worrisome dilemma. Pat learns a secret about her father's fiancée that may shake up her family, unless she can convince the perpetually narcissistic Bruce to help her out. And the Duke of Johannesburg finds himself in sudden need of an explanation--and an escape route--when accosted by a determined guest at a soirée. From the cunning schemes of the Association of Scottish Nudists to the myriad expressive possibilities of the word "aye," Alexander McCall Smith guides us through the risks and rewards of friendship, love, and family with his usual inimitable wit and irresistible charm.


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On Dec 12 2015, a reader said:
“On the other side of the room, from the windows facing north, a view of the city revealed itself: spiky rooftops, stone crenellations, angled expanses of dark-grey slate, all touched with gold by the evening sun. His artist’s eye caught the view and made him stop for a moment where he was, half way across the room, and stare at what he saw. And for a moment he felt a strong sense of delight in belonging to this place, this city that vouchsafed to those who lived there, and to those who came in pilgrimage, sudden visions of such exquisite fragile beauty that the heart might feel it must stop”

The Revolving Door of Life is the tenth book in the popular Scotland Street series by British author, Alexander McCall Smith, and in it, the lives of the residents of 44 Scotland Street and those of their friends are, once again, updated for the continuing enjoyment of series fans. So we learn that: Pat MacGregor is worried about her father, and turns to an unexpected quarter for help; In their recently purchased home, Matthew and Elspeth make an unexpected discovery which presents Matthew with an ethical dilemma; and with Irene Pollock still in a Bedouin Sheikh’s harem in the Persian Gulf, life for the Pollock males has improved significantly; young Bertie is especially pleased at his paternal grandmother’s continued presence, and even Ulysses is not vomiting quite as often.

Angus and Domenica are enjoying married life; Big Lou makes a few significant changes in her life; Bruce discovers the discomfort of unwanted attentions and, once again, confirms his own elevated self-regard; the Duke of Johannesburg and major upheavals occur within the Association of Scottish Nudists. While Bertie is undoubtedly the star of this series (his bald honesty is such a delight), it would be much the poorer without Bruce, the consummate narcissist with his irritating nickname habit.

As always, characters reflect on, or expostulate on a variety of subjects: pointless trams, hand sanitiser, the difficulty of parking a car in Edinburgh’s New Town, B-list celebrities, vitamin D deficiency, Scotland’s diet, hoarding, female friendships and bromances, the utility of antimacassars, and maleness. Matthew explains the unwritten rules governing gifts to be brought when one is invited to a party or dinner. Blue jeans, a new kilt, and a sporran make a certain young person very happy.

Matthew muses on comforting an employee: “That, he realised, was impermissible: we could no longer put our arms around others to comfort them. The most natural of human reactions – to embrace, to touch in sympathy – had now been forbidden by lecturing moralists who had interdicted ordinary tactile reactions and put in their place a cold rectitude”. The Duke of Johannesburg comments on our self-aborbedness: “You remember me, perhaps. Or perhaps not; it’s so easy to forget that although we’re at the centre of our own world, we are often only on the periphery of the world of others”.

There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, and charming (and sometimes quite humorous) illustrations are provided by Iain McIntosh. Readers will look forward to the next instalment in this wonderful series.


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The Revolving Door of Life (44 Scotland Street, 10)
Alexander McCall Smith
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February 2016
fiction, humor, satire, apartments, Edinburgh, Scotland, Great Britain, United Kingdom
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