Friday, October 22, 2010

One Chick's Opinion: Being Philosophical Aint Easy

Review of The Sunday Philosophy Club, by Alexander McCall Smith

For a book with this particular title I noticed a lack of, well, philosophy, let alone a club devoted to the subject. I don't even believe that McCall Smith referenced Sundays at all- or even sundaes (yum!). That said, however, this novel was an absolute pleasure to read and kept me entertained the whole time.

Though the setting was modern-day Edinburgh, Scotland, it seemed the story could take place anywhere- it was easy to follow, despite the fact that it is a place I've never been (hint, hint, Kyle).

The main character, a middle-aged single woman named Isabel, is surprisingly relatable (although I'm neither of those things). A very curious woman by nature, she sets out to investigate the falling death of a handsome young man, with whom she felt a “connection” with as he dropped from the highest balcony at the symphony. Since Isabel was the last person he saw in life, she felt a moral obligation to find out the truth about his accident, suicide, or murder.

The real draw of this novel, however, is McCall Smith's ability to develop the relationships between his characters. They're just so... real.

I would definitely give this book an A (wait, is that the scale I'm using? I better go back to some earlier posts. Okay- good enough. A.).

Has anyone else read this or is planning to? I'd love to hear your opinions!

The next book I'll be reading is Catch-22, by Joseph Heller, so if you'd like to join me in reading it please do so. If you've read it in the past and want to discuss it at all, then just know that I'll finish... eventually. Be patient- it takes effort to carve out some time to read amid mommy-ing and committing to the new fall television schedule.


  1. Never read this book! GreaT review!
    Come say hi and follow back! Hope you are enjoying the blog hop!

  2. Sounds like and intriguing read.. I want to go to Edinburgh too.

  3. I hadn't heard of this book before, it sounds like a great read! Thank you for sharing!

    I am stopping by from the weekend hop! Hope you will come visit us too at

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. Thanks for reviewing :) I love to find books that other like. it helps me narrow down my huge list of books to read :)
    i'm a new follower from the blog hop :)

  5. Hi! I am your newest follower! You have such a cute blog, good job!! Please follow me back at:

    Thank you!

  6. Following from Weekend Blog hop.

  7. My husband is from Scotland and I've had the opportunity to visit Edinburgh. I'd be interested in reading it! Great review!!!

    Shopper Gal

  8. Your comments are inspirational!

    It seems that many of you have not read this book, but may be interested in doing so... be sure to update me if you decide to pick it up.

    I'm actually considering a review blog as a counterpart to Dinner with Kir, so your positivity is encouraging!

    Oh, and Shopper Gal- your hubby must have the BEST accent!

  9. Hi - thanks for linking up on Read a Book - Show and Tell tonight. You actually beat me to linking up my books! LOL - congrats! I haven't read this book but I did try to read Catch 22 and couldn't get through it, I hope you do better than I did. I look forward to your review. Be sure to link it up when you do.

    Tina "The Book Lady"


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