Trains and Lovers: A Novel
As they journey by rail from Edinburgh to London, four strangers pass the time by sharing tales of trains that have changed their lives. A keen-eyed Scotsman recounts how he turned a friendship with a coworker into a romance by spotting an anachronistic train in an eighteenth-century painting. An... show more
As they journey by rail from Edinburgh to London, four strangers pass the time by sharing tales of trains that have changed their lives. A keen-eyed Scotsman recounts how he turned a friendship with a coworker into a romance by spotting an anachronistic train in an eighteenth-century painting. An Australian woman shares how her parents fell in love and spent their life together running a railroad siding in the remote Outback. A middle-aged American patron of the arts sees two young men saying goodbye in a train station and recalls his own youthful crush on another man. And a young Englishman describes how exiting his train at the wrong station allowed him to meet an intriguing woman whom he impulsively invited to dinner-and into his life. Here is Alexander McCall Smith at his most subtle and enchanting, exploring the nature of love—and trains—in this utterly captivating story.
Publish date: 2013-12-31
Pages no: 256
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Adult Fiction
Trains and Lovers by Alexander SmithThis 4 hour, depending on how many stops the train makes, is on its way from Edinburgh, Scotland to London, England.There are 4 men and one woman and they get to talking. All kinds of subjects but also about love. Some tell of their grand love story when they meet...
Trains and Lovers by Alexander SmithVarious stories from people who share the train and their life experiences. Loved the travel each had described and loved the jobs of a few of them: fisherman who lost his oar and the one who had picked up the steam train in a art setting where trains had not even...
I usually enjoy his books, but this one was lukewarm at best. First, I could barely tell the narrators apart. They all sounded like McCall Smith telling us about what he thinks of the world and relationships and technology; no distinct personalities. Second, I doubted the premise that 4 people in a ...
Trains and Lovers is another excellent book by Alexander McCall Smith. This is the second of his books I've read and plan on reading many more. Smith is one of the best for weaving plot and dialogue. His characters who make me think; people who appear like those I could meet in the real world.
A lovely summer read about being in love. Romantic, intelligent, and just disturbing enough to maintain the interest of those bored by anything too plainly or predictably sentimental. It commences with a train ride from Edinburgh to London, and it isthe story of four people, all strangers to one ano...
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