Fatty O'Leary's Dinner Party, Hardback Book
3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


His loving wife Betty plans a trip to Ireland for his 40th birthday and almost immediately things go wrong: the seats in economy class on the plane are too small; Irish bathroom furniture is not as commodious as he'd have liked. And all the time Fatty must put up with the unthinking cruelty of strangers. In an hilarious and touching portrayal of a kindly and misunderstood soul, McCall Smith has created yet another memorable character who will become an instant favourite to his many fans.


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I have never read the author before, so I thought I would grab this short from NetGalley. From the time they get to the airport, to leave for a long awaits trip to Ireland, things begin to go wrong. Most of what happens is due to Fatty's size. Have to admit I found this vey amusing but then felt kind of bad for laughing at his misfortunes. Though I am sure the author meant the reader to laugh. Anyway all the predicaments they encounter, made for a fast and light read, which we all need now and then. The ending was very satisfying and a good message, sometimes we judge people on the basis of how they look and presume to think they would be happier if they looks better.We don't stop and think that some people are just happy within themselves, regardless of how they look.So a quick and amusing look at a trip gone seriously awry, with to very likable characters and many, many misunderstandings.

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This was just a short book put out as an e-book only, about a man from Arkansas, of Irish descent, who takes a trip to Ireland with his wife and falls into many misadventures. Not my favorite, but cute, and since I'm a big A. M. Smith fan, I'll read anything of his. But he sometimes he writes faster than I can read!