Tuesday, June 06, 2006

The Sunday Philosophy Club

By Alexander McCall Smith.

I've been eager to read this one, because I wanted to see what AMS has to say about his hometown Edinburgh. The novel centres around Isabel Dalhousie, a middle-aged lady of independent means who is editor of a philosophical magazine. She also heads the meetings of the Sunday Philosophy Club, a club that is mentioned but never brought into action here. Anyway, Isabel witnesses a young man fall to his death, and becomes obsessed with finding out how.

I found the book a little lacking in drive, but the exerpt at the end from the next one in the series (Friends, Lovers, Chocolate) looked a lot more promising in that respect. I did like it though. Isabel has a lot of internal discussions about ethics and philosophy, so that's fun. This is the one to make my husband read, to introduce him to AMS.

Kantians would be in no doubt about the answer to that, but that was the problem with Kantian morality: it was so utterly predictable, and left no room for subtlety; rather like Kant himself, she thought. In a purely philosophical sense, it must be very demanding to be German. Far better to be French (irresponsible and playful) or Greek (grave, but with a light touch).


HB said...

Da har jeg FERIE! Har nettopp lest "Out" av Natsau Kirino. Synes det er artig å lese krim som foregår andre steder enn England eller USA. Den var OK, men litt for dyster for meg. Alle karakterene var usympatiske, og det liker jeg ikke.

bani said...

Det har du rätt i, man ska vara öppen mot andra delar av världen. Vet att jag läst en del av en rysk serie om en kvinnlig kommisarie, men den var inte så bra, egentligen.

Ska lägga Kirino på minnet dock, man vet aldrig.