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The Dog who Came in from the Cold (Corduroy Mansions, #2) (edición 2009)

por Alexander McCall Smith

Series: Corduroy Mansions (2)

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Alexander McCall Smith brings his peerless wit to this second entry featuring a motley collection of residents in London's Pimlico neighborhood. Literary agent Barbara Ragg has agreed to represent a man writing a book about his experiences hanging out with the Abominable Snowman. Terence Moongrove's residence has become the target of New Age cosmologists. And pint-sized terrier Freddie de la Hay is being recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring.… (más)
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Título:The Dog who Came in from the Cold (Corduroy Mansions, #2)
Autores:Alexander McCall Smith
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Odd--like a lot of his books--actually downright dark in spots and strange. ( )
  lhaines56 | Jun 18, 2020 |
3-1/2 stars. It had been so long since I read #1 in this series that I had forgotten the characters & it took quite a while to straighten them out. After that the book settled into the usual comfiness. ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
Several years ago, I came upon FRIENDS, LOVERS AND CHOCOLATE, the second book in Alexander McCall Smiths's Isabel Dalhousie series. I was intrigued with the idea of a philosopher who uses her background in ethics to solve unusual mysteries. The book was such a delight that I made a special effort to find the other books featuring Isabel Dalhousie. Not once was I disappointed---in each book there was a perfect meshing of the characters, a whimsical sense of humor, and life-affirming insight---good, well-written, gentle books that never pandered nor moralized.
And so I was again delighted when Alexander McCall Smith introduced his CODUROY MANSIONS series, based in a charming, if somewhat decrepit, mansion block in London.These books are more reminiscent of E.F. Benson or even P.G. Wodehouse, the pace is more exhilarating, the humor more madcap ( if not completely hilarious) as McCall Smith explores the follies and foibles of his cast of disparate, eccentric. characters. ( )
  maryhollis | Feb 20, 2017 |
Light and fun. ( )
  jack2410 | Feb 2, 2017 |
From the book jacket: 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 characters. There’s the middle-aged wine merchant William, who’s trying to convince his reluctant 24-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, his mother, who’s writing his biography, and his long-suffering girlfriend, a literary agent who would like to be his 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.

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That dust jacket summary just about says it all. This is an ensemble piece about the residents of the Corduroy Mansions and their relationships. It’s not plot-driven but character-driven – a slice of life look. The “action” is the kind of action most of us have in our everyday lives: a date here, a visit with a brother there, a stressful job, a bad relationship, a new car, a dog that chews your favorite shoes, a chance encounter in a café, etc.

I thought it was charming and enjoyable. A nice light read with characters I (mostly) liked. I’m reminded of Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City series.

Simon Prebble does a fine job narrating the audio version. He has good pacing and brings all the many characters to life.
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William French, wine merchant, Master of Wine (failed), somewhere in his early fifties (hardly noticeably, particularly in the right light), loyal subscriber to Rural Living (although he lived quite happily in central London), long-time supporter of several good causes (he was a kind man at heart, with a strong sense of fairness), widower, dog-owner, and much else besides; the same William French looked about his flat in Corduroy mansions, as anybody might survey his or her flat in a moment of self-assessment, of stocktaking.
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Alexander McCall Smith brings his peerless wit to this second entry featuring a motley collection of residents in London's Pimlico neighborhood. Literary agent Barbara Ragg has agreed to represent a man writing a book about his experiences hanging out with the Abominable Snowman. Terence Moongrove's residence has become the target of New Age cosmologists. And pint-sized terrier Freddie de la Hay is being recruited by MI6 to infiltrate a Russian spy ring.

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