Friday, February 17, 2012

The Forgotten Affairs of Youth

Introspective. One reason I never tire of reading the short novels in the multiple series written by the prolific Alexander McCall Smith is that the characters and their situations always make me feel good. In the latest Isabel Dalhousie novel, The Forgotten Affairs of Youth, the moral philosopher continues to closely question herself about her preconceptions and biases. This philosopher lives a closely examined life! Most of the plot in this novel involves Isabel helping a fellow philosopher discover the identity of her birth parents. The usual cast of Edinburgh characters is present, and Charlie gets a little bit older, while still eating olives. Readers who like feel-good novels are those most likely to enjoy this one.

Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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