::: Alexander McCall Smith :::

19 Jul

9780316727822 Yes, I am again able to report sheer delight in the latest I have read by Alexander McCall Smith: The Careful Use of Compliments (2007). As I said before:

The thrust is gently conservative, with a folk wisdom that has much to commend it… Po-faced indeed would be any reader who is not drawn in and delighted, even if at the expense of an odd cringe or two — the latter probably being therapeutic.

I really am reminded of Jane Austen.

Among many lovely moments is a concert:

With the Pie Jesu, which was sung by Nicola Wood, whom Isabel knew slightly, her mind came back to the music. Dona eis requiem; grant them rest. It was not a complex melody, with its cautiously developed melody and its utter resolution; it was a lullaby really, and that, she thought, was what a requiem really was. If one were to be taken up to heaven, then it would be Faure who might accompany one.

This blogger tells you more about the series, and this one puts a different spin on the novel.

Over the fold there is a little more Faure, and a PDF extract from The Careful Use of Compliments. Enjoy.

Extract from The Careful Use of Compliments

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