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Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. The story of Bertie and his dysfunctional family continues in this fifth installment alongside the familiar cast of favourites - Big Lou, Domenica, Angus Lordie, Cyril and others - in their daily pursuit of a little happiness.
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To ask other readers questions about The Unbearable Lightness of Sconesplease sign up. Can this book be read as a standalone novel? Or one has to read the series from the beginning to end? Angela It is a series that has to be read from the beginning to end because the stories of the characters are related. See 2 questions about The Unbearable Lightness of Scones…. Lists with This Book.
Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 19, Barbara rated it liked it. It can be read as a standalone. In these affable, humorous books Alexander McCall Smith follows the lives of a group of people who reside in Edinburgh's "New Town" neighborhood. Many of the characters live in apartments at 44 Scotland Street - and others are their friends and acquaintances.
In addition to 3. In addition to attending school, Bertie gets Italian lessons, goes to yoga, and regularly sees a psychotherapist named Dr. Irene decorates Bertie's room in pink, dictates his playdates, and almost never lets him do anything fun.
Poor Bertie wishes Irene would get a hobby With a little help from his dad, Bertie fulfills his dream of joining the Cub Scouts, along with his friend Tofu. Unfortunately, the Cub Scouts are now co-ed, so classmate Olive - a supercilious know-it-all who's declared herself Bertie's 'girlfriend' over his strenuous objections - joins as well.
Gear up for friction in the Cubbies! Bertie repeatedly puzzles over the fact that his new little brother, Ulysses, looks just like Dr. Uh Oh! Moreover, Dr. Fairbairn has been offered 'a chair' at a Scottish university, and is leaving town. Bertie is bewildered Ha ha ha In any case, a new psychotherapist is coming on board, which may be a good thing for Bertie. Cyril had 'an affair' in the last book, and Angus has been presented with six puppies. The pups cause a ruckus until a home is found for them Concerned readers are worried ; Angus inadvertently becomes the custodian of a famous 'lost' stolen portrait that's come into the hands of Lard O'Conner - a local gangster.
Lard and his cohorts know nothing about the painting's value Angus starts to think about marriage - and likes his friend Domenica While enjoying a romantic walk on the beach Matthew gets swept away by an undertow - and the subsequent misunderstandings almost land him in a mental hospital. Afterwards, Matthew visits an uncle in Singapore who accidently imparts news that leaves Matthew poleaxed.
Matthew has a lot to think about now. So, when Domenica is asked to oversee a The Unbearable Lightness Of Scones 44 Scotland Street Series delivery to Antonia's apartment, she sends Angus in to retrieve the cup. This results in a 'cup crisis' AND reveals that Antonia is apparently a big drug dealer. If Antonia is arrested, Angus might be able to snag her apartment Lots of amusing misunderstandings in this plotline.
Bruce has become engaged to a pretty heiress named Julia and now lives in her upscale apartment, has a car and job - courtesy of her father, and has plenty of spending money for clothes, men's cosmetics, expensive meals, and so on.
Bruce views Julia as rather empty-headed - and thinks he's got it made - but he's dead wrong. After a rude awakening Bruce rethinks his lifestyle Her current boyfriend doesn't cheat at least but he's involved in a bizarre Jacobite plot to bring the 'Pretender to the Throne of Scotland' back from France The 'Pretender' is installed Lou's apartment - where he expects to be waited on hand and foot - while the Jacobites make their plans.
There's a funny scene The Unbearable Lightness Of Scones 44 Scotland Street Series the 'king' and his associate - dressed in historical togs - are mistaken for transvestites.
The book's title refers to the fact that Angus and Matthew suggest that Big Lou 'lighten up' her dense scones Even if you aren't familiar with the series, you could probably enjoy this entertaining book.
View all 7 comments.And though Bruce appears to be aging and running the gamut of emotions on the subject, Angus Lordie is quite unable to drop his or the author's? However, if you are one of the 'McCall Smith Faithful' then along with your fellow — and I might add, legion — loyal fans, you have no doubt already bought the hardback which was out last year and completely loved the story and will not need to read any further, either! Alexander McCall Smith is of course best known for his The No 1 Ladies Detective Agency novels, which, whilst a kind of serial-novel, are a joy to read whether you have read none or all of them before. Share on:. Whilst Matthew and Elspeth have actually found the gumption from within their mimsy, wavering selves to get married, Bertie appears to be on hold — he remains just six years old! What I must say to you, without further ado, is that you had better have read instalments one to four of the 44 Scotland Street novels prior to setting sail with The Unbearable Lightness of Scones , or the characters, with their little oddities and meanderings and the continuance of their lives within this instalment, will mean absolutely nothing to you whatsoever and therefore you should stop reading this review around about here. Now, since the prior 44 Scotland Street offerings gave us endless ideas to muse upon, I am disappointed to note that it seems The Unbearable Lightness Of Scones has something missing, though quite what it is remains a mystery to me. I am not sure how we have found ourselves leaping from the final resting point in Volume 4 to where we pick up the much-loved cast in Volume 5.
Barbara Thank you Felicia. Dec 27, Jo rated it it was amazing Shelves: favoriteshumorous-fictioncozy.
So much to love in this 5th installment. What I love about this is the depth mixed with humor. From the pithy: "Old friends, like old shoes, are comfortable. But old shoes, unlike old friends, tend not to be supportive. And if we ignored these small things, then did it not blunt our outrage over the larger wrongs?
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Then I pasted it onto a matchbox Then I stood the matchbox outside a mouse hole. The mouse had been bothering me - he had gnawed away at some canvas I had. So I used it as a mouse-scarer. It was more humane than a mouse trap, you see. The mouse came out and saw this picture of Margaret Thatcher staring at him and he ran straight back into the hole.
It was very effective. Had anything changed? Oh yes, he muttered, they're still with us, and they're still ready to carry out the burning of witches, even if we don't call them witches anymore.
All that moral outrage, the self-righteousness, that urge to lecture and disapprove - it's all still there. Tempus fugit. Time flies. Can't wait for number 6 - The Importance of Being Seven - if the title is any hint, perhaps wee Bertie will finally have a birthday! I wonder what happened to the puppies Whatever happens, Delightful series.
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Dec 26, Trelawn rated it really liked it. This was a nice continuation of the threads that have been woven in the earlier books. Angus and Domenica are moving closer, Matthew is married, Big Lou is once more unlucky in love and poor Bertie still has to go to therapy And Bruce! Who knew he was capable of change? These stories are populate by wonderful characters and I will be sorry when I reach the final installment.
Jun 14, June Louise rated it it was amazing Shelves: humourbest-of-the-bestscotlandcontemporary-fictionfavoritesseries. For how many of us is that what conversation means - the setting up of our lines?