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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

44 Scotland Street , Alexander McCall Smith

So the author of the Ladies Detective Agency series was at a party with Armistead Maupin and complimented him on his serialized work, bemoaning the fact that no one else does serialized fiction any more. He wrote an article about his trip to America and mentioned that conversation -- next thing you know he's doing a serialized novel for The Scotsman about a group of neighbors in Edinburgh's New Town. I'm a sucker for a story with a strong sense of place, especially if it's a place I've visited. This is great in that respect -- his goal was to give readers a "slice of life" in the city. The made-for-newspaper novel is hard to get used to, but has its benefits. It's 110 very short chapters, with dozens of interrelated characters. A fun read, and reminds me once again how crappy our local newspaper is here in Jacksonville.

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2 Comments:

  • I read the first book of the Ladies Detective Agency series for a book club at work. It's kind of fuzzy now, but I remember liking it. Is that series worth completing?

    By Blogger evt1618, at 2:02 PM  

  • Most definitely. They get better and better. The mysteries are nothing taxing or disturbing -- it's all about the characters and the pace of life in Botswana.

    By Blogger Anna, at 4:59 PM  

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