Corduroy Mansions: A Novel

By Alexander Mccall Smith
Binding:Hardcover
Publisher:Pantheon, (7/13/2010)
Language:English



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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. 

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CagneyC's thoughts on "Corduroy Mansions: A Novel"
updated on:6/6/2011

Quite a good read.  Nothing exciting, just a fine depiction of everyday life in a middle-class neighborhood, with quirks, problems with adult children, small incidents in the life of a nice man (with the problem adult son), etc.  Reads quickly and is a good read for simply escaping for a while.

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"Corduroy Mansions: A Novel"
By Alexander Mccall Smith

Average Rating:
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Alexander McCall Smith is also the author of the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He lives in Scotland. 


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