Heavenly Date and Other Flirtations Paperback
In these hilarious stories of perverse meetings, casual dates and romantic encounters, we are enthralled, saddened, inspired and surprised by the encounters we witness.
McCall Smith, a master of the unexpected and a seamless storyteller, revels in offering us the quirky complications inherent in entanglements which human beings engineer for themselves - entanglements that can be shocking, edifying, compulsive, complicated and sometimes, completely disastrous. This is an exceptional collection of stories from an author whose rapidly growing audience delights in his extraordinary imagination and delicious insights into the endlessly fascinating peculiarities of the human condition.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 208 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/09/2003
- Category: Short stories
- ISBN: 9781841954271
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Review by ErasmusBee
These stories have little of the charm that McCall Smith's other series (No.1 Ladies Detective Agency and 44 Scotland St) have. The plots are contrived and the endings abrupt.
Review by Helenliz
This was my first attempt at an audiobook. I drive ~ 9-10 hours a week, and usually listen to the radio, but I figured that I might actually be able to use that time to get the odd book in. Started with this one as it is a series of short stories over 6 CDs - so there's the opportunity to stop at regular intervals. A series of dates and relationships are explored, some more successful that others. An interesting bunch, with a range of characters, some more likable than others. I'll certainly give this author another go and will try another audiobook as well.
Review by Vivl
None of these stories grabbed me. I found them dreary and uninspiring. The only story for which I felt anything other than antipathy and/or disappointment at the end was I think called 'Far North', but even that was just ok. The actual quality of writing is, as one would expect, not at all bad, but the plotting... I don't know. I've come to accept and even enjoy the lack of traditional plot arc in McCall Smith's Philosopher's Club series, but he doesn't get away with it in short story form in my opinion. Some mention similarities with Dahl's <i>Tales of the Unexpected</i>. Well, I found that collection boring, with endings that were entirely predictable, so perhaps the comparison is apt.