Monday, September 12, 2011

Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith

Corduroy Mansions (Corduroy Mansions, #1)Corduroy Mansions by Alexander McCall Smith
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book introduces a new cast of characters who live in Corduroy Mansions, an apartment block in the Pimlico neighborhood in London. The stories all revolve around the residents of this apartment block, but sometimes it's a very elliptical orbit. For example, one of the residents works for an MP, and a long section of plotline involves that MP's mother and uncle. Other characters in the flats get very little time, such as the gentleman from Sri Lanka who lives in the lowermost flat. One hushed conversation of his we overhear talks about whether or not other people in the building are "sympathizers", but of what, we never learn - not in this book at least. This novel was originally published as a serial, and I feel that shows in how the stories meander and the overall plots lack much of an arc, but as is the case with McCall Smith, it's the style of the writing more than the specific content that keeps me reading.
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