The World According to Bertie

The World According to Bertie

Large Print - 2009
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There is never a dull moment on 44 Scotland Street. Here, Pat deals with the reappearance of Bruce, which has her heart skipping - and not in a pleasant manner. Angus Lordie's dog, Cyril, has been taken away by the authorities, accused of being a serial biter - and surprisingly, Domenica has offered to help free him. Big Lou is still looking for love, though he tends to hand out advice to others. And Bertie, the beleaguered six-year-old prodigy, now has a little brother, Ulysses, who he can only hope will distract his mother.

"Loyal fans and newcomers alike will marvel at McCall Smith's ability to find deep meanings in the small moments of life." - Booklist, starred.

"McCall Smith's generous writing and dry humor, his gentleness and humanity, and his ability to evoke a place and a set of characters without caricature or condescension have endeared his books ... to readers." - New York Times

Publisher: Thorndike, Me. : Center Point Pub., 2009
Edition: Center Point large print edition
ISBN: 9781602853737
Characteristics: 495 pages (large print) ; 22 cm


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Feb 24, 2013

Loved this book! I am greatly enjoying this series and cannot wait to read the next one.

Jul 25, 2012

Poor Bertie! Such a lovely little boy stuck with such an annoying mother. Another delightful book in the 44 Scotland Street series.

Sep 19, 2011

You can't help but love Bertie. The 44 Scotland Street series is very enjoyable if you're an Alexander McCall Smith fan.

Jan 16, 2010

This is a fun enjoyable reading of interesting everday quirky characters living in Scotland.

Dec 04, 2009

My husband is fond of saying that Canada is Scotland's most successful colony. (I don't know whom he's quoting; I must ask him sometime...) Maybe that's why I feel strangely at home in Bertie's world. I believe this book appeared in installments in The Scotsman,, so in a sense, it's a little like Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City. Except this definitely isn't San Francisco. It's Edinburgh, and like Alexander McCall Smith's other stories set in Edinburgh (his "Isabel Dalhousie" series), the crises here, like the characters and their eccentricities, are gentle.
You want sex? Violence? Excitement? Don't read this book. You want musings about the human condition? Mild satire? Loveable and fallible characters? Be my guest.


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