Corduroy Mansions: A Corduroy Mansions Novel (1)
A delightful new setting—London—a wonderful new cast of characters and one incredibly clever dog. Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London’s vibrant Pimlico neighborhood and the home turf of a captivating collection of quirky and... show more
A delightful new setting—London—a wonderful new cast of characters and one incredibly clever dog. Corduroy Mansions is the affectionate nickname given to a genteel, crumbling mansion block in London’s vibrant Pimlico neighborhood and the home turf of a captivating collection of quirky and altogether McCall-Smithian characters. There’s the middle-aged wine merchant William, who’s trying to convince his reluctant twenty-four-year-old son, Eddie, to leave the nest; and Marcia, the boutique caterer who has her sights set on William. There’s also the (justifiably) much-loathed Member of Parliament Oedipus Snark; his mother, Berthea, who’s writing his biography and hating every minute of it; and his long-suffering girlfriend, Barbara, a literary agent who would like to be his wife (but, then, she’d like to be almost anyone’s wife). There’s the vitamin evangelist, the psychoanalyst, the art student with a puzzling boyfriend and Freddie de la Hay, the Pimlico terrier who insists on wearing a seat belt and is almost certainly the only avowed vegetarian canine in London. Filled with the ins and outs of neighborliness in all its unexpected variations, Corduroy Mansions showcases the life, laughter and humanity that have become the hallmarks of Alexander McCall Smith’s work. From the Hardcover edition.
Publish date: May 31st 2011
Pages no: 353
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
, Cozy Mystery
Series: Corduroy Mansions (#1)
It started out well, with a quirky cast of characters and funny little observations about people and the world in general. But it never gelled as a story, and many characters ended up feeling like having a houseful of guests who are at first amusing, then tiresome, then annoying, and who won't take ...
"But I am not, she thought. I am a casual companion, that is all; an incidental adjunct."I started reading this TWO YEARS ago. While I loved McCall Smith's Ladies No. 1 Detective series, I initially found this book to be a bit slow/ boring and so I put it aside. I picked it up again a couple of w...
It was very amusing and a fast read. Since there are many loose ends in the story, it made me want to read the next installments.
I must confess I am not a big fan of McCall Smith's Scotland St series. Several of the characters annoyed me and I find it hard to relate to characters who annoy me. A few of the minor characters in Corduroy Mansions annoy me, but I enjoyed all the main characters. Corduroy Mansions is a house co...