Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I just finished Espresso Tales by Alexander McCall Smith. This is his second book, following 44 Scotland Street, about the interesting residents of 44 Scotland Street in Edinburgh - Pat, the 20 year old in the middle of her second gap year, Bruce, her handsome and narcissistic roommate, Bertie, the six year old prodigy, and Domenica, the wise, older woman. The books are serialized daily in the Scotsman newspaper, then released worldwide as books. Having spent a summer in Edinburgh taking a class at the University, I really enjoy the references to the Mound, the Castle, Princes Street, and other familiar Edinburgh landmarks. I'm still waiting for a reference to the pubs we frequented the most, or to the Hibs and Hearts football clubs. I've enjoyed both books, and look forward to the next in the series. The books aren't quite up to the very high standard set by his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency books - which are each gems to be treasured - and whose fans vary from Laura Bush to Flea- but they are another interesting view of human nature.


Blogger ffleur said...

hehehe, I know what a gap year is. Bet some other non-Anglophiles won't. *smiles smugly*

11:38 PM  
Blogger Diane said...

ffleur - and in the books, she is *gasp* on her second gap year and racked with guilt about that!

6:51 AM  

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