The Unbearable Lightness of Scones
Alexander McCall Smith
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The Unbearable Lightness of Scones (44 Scotland Street)
Alexander McCall Smith
368 pages
January 2010
rated 3 1/2 of 5 possible stars

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The Unbearable Lightness of Scones is number five in Alexander McCall Smith’s “44 Scotland Street” series, and he’s in fine form as always. I can never quite understand how he manages to release so many books that are all so great, but I’m not complaining. Each one of his books is more entertaining and touching than the last; The Unbearable Lightness of Scones is no exception.

Essentially, this novel isn’t really about anything in particular. It’s about the day-to-day life of a host of characters we’ve really come to care about as the series has developed. In writing, sometimes simplicity is the key, and McCall Smith is a master of the tiny details that make a book come to life.

His characters are so well-crafted that it’s impossible not to feel connected to them, and he has developed them excellently throughout the series. Although a couple of new characters appear in this book, they are introduced nicely and don’t feel out of place among our old favorites.

One of the book’s strengths is how true-to-life McCall Smith manages to make each situation. He causes us to feel so strongly about his cast that it seems as though we’re right there beside them through each awkward moment, every touching scene.

My only real critique are the few pacing issues midway through the book where my attention began to drift as the story went on. There are only so many comical awkward moments that we can laugh along to before the joke wears a little thin. By the end of the novel, though, I was right back in amid the action, and I can’t wait for the next installment.

Fans of McCall Smith’s familiar writing style will love this book. It may even win a few new recruits, through I would suggest catching up on the rest of the series first.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at © Carly Bennett, 2010

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