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The Peppermint Tea Chronicles: 44 Scotland Street Series (13) (edição: 2019)

de Alexander McCall Smith (Autor)

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Summer has come to Scotland Street. The long days have prompted its denizens to engage in flights of fancy. Some, like the Duke of Johannesburg's plan to create a microlite seaplane, are literal flights, and some, like the vain Bruce Anderson's idea of settling down with one of his many admirers, are more metaphorical. With the domineering Irene off pursuing academic challenges, Stuart and Bertie are free to indulge in summer fun. Stuart reconnects with an old acquaintance over refreshing peppermint tea while Bertie takes his friend Ranald Braveheart Macpherson to the circus. But their trip to the big top becomes rather more than the pleasant diversion they were hoping for. Once again, Scotland Street teems with the daily triumphs and challenges of those who call it home, and provides a warm, wise, and witty chronicle of the affairs in this corner of the world.--… (mais)
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Título:The Peppermint Tea Chronicles: 44 Scotland Street Series (13)
Autores:Alexander McCall Smith (Autor)
Informação:Anchor (2019), 336 pages
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

So, I did something I don't normally do -- I read a serial book out of order. I'm saying this upfront because I think it was a bit of a disservice to the book, but also, at the same time, it speaks well of the book that about halfway through, it didn't really matter any more.

So I had read Espresso Tales quite some time ago, without reading the first in the series and I can't really remember what impact that had on me. However, it does seem that my exposure to the characters in Volume 13 (The Peppermint Tea Chronicles) was less-than because I hadn't read 11 other volumes. I had relatively little interest in Bertie and his selfish mother, Matthew and Elspeth and their male au pair, or Angus and Domenica. However, I stuck with it and the characters who instantly drew me in were Big Lou and Ranald Braveheart Macpherson (maybe I have a bias for interesting names?). Of course I enjoyed the dry whimsy of Alexander McCall Smith's writing from the first pages, but it took me a bit to truly care.

But I'm glad I did--care, that is. For if I had not, I might have missed the stunning bits of subtext and commentary on our modern times. From Stuart's Portuguese shoes to a startling but overt reference to affirmative action polemics and class hierarchy in Chapter 58, I truly appreciated how McCall Smith creates figures that are representatives of something bigger than the story itself. Perhaps my biggest praise of this volume is that it has made it seem obvious and necessary that I must go back and read volumes 1-12. That is the best of all possible worlds for a book in a series.

On a side note, I would love to know more about the author's shoe...fixation? fascination? From Mma Makutsi in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series to Stuart in 44 Scotland Street series, it feels like there may be fodder for a deeper exploration of shoes-as-trope in the author's oeuvre. ( )
  rebcamuse | Jun 22, 2021 |
Another delightful visit to Scotland Street. Wonderful characters and so thought provoking as he wanders off on philosophical tangents. Just love this series. So appreciate Robert Ian Mackenzie's narration. Perfect! ( )
  njcur | Feb 19, 2021 |
Many big and little changes in the neighborhood of 44 Scotland Street. Irene is nearly out of the picture, leaving her family to pursue a degree. This frees Bertie and Stuart from her condescending tyranny. But...Olive and her gang still terrorize Bertie and Ranald.

Elspeth is bored at home with the triplets. Pat is taken with triplets' nanny, James, even though he is much younger than her. Big Lou is planning on selling her cafe to fund Finlay's ballet school tuition.

Domenica's plan to modernize Angus' wardrobe works well. And Bruce is... Bruce.

Series is incredibly, humanly sweet. All about the simple beauty of people going about their lives; attempting to do their best.

Beautiful, worthwhile reading.
  Bookish59 | Jul 22, 2020 |
The tone is quite pompous (probably not helped by the narrator of the audio book) and I do wonder if everyone in Edinburgh, even in Scotland Street, is middle class, white, and straight. All the women seemed to be mean, weak, and/or seemingly in need of rescuing. A bit disappointing when the author is well known for the Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series about strong black women! I know that some of the men are also weak or in need of rescuing, but this book had (as Goodreads reviewer Liza has said) "a whiff of misogyny". ( )
  KWharton | Jun 3, 2020 |
"44 Scotland Street" is my favorite series by A.McCall Smith, and I loved this new installment. The characters are always so colorful, their ambitions and feelings are so natural and real, and there is a tendency to ruminate - which always leaves a lot of food for thought for the reader. Also, I loved it that the awful Irene character was more or less out of the picture in this one. Happy for Bertie! And some very positive developments otherwise as well - not sudden, but through the author's impeccable ability to weave a good story with all its ups and downs. ( )
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Summer has come to Scotland Street. The long days have prompted its denizens to engage in flights of fancy. Some, like the Duke of Johannesburg's plan to create a microlite seaplane, are literal flights, and some, like the vain Bruce Anderson's idea of settling down with one of his many admirers, are more metaphorical. With the domineering Irene off pursuing academic challenges, Stuart and Bertie are free to indulge in summer fun. Stuart reconnects with an old acquaintance over refreshing peppermint tea while Bertie takes his friend Ranald Braveheart Macpherson to the circus. But their trip to the big top becomes rather more than the pleasant diversion they were hoping for. Once again, Scotland Street teems with the daily triumphs and challenges of those who call it home, and provides a warm, wise, and witty chronicle of the affairs in this corner of the world.--

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