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The Geometry of Holding Hands (Isabel…

The Geometry of Holding Hands (Isabel Dalhousie Novels) (utgåvan 2021)

av Alexander McCall Smith (Författare)

Serier: Isabel Dalhousie (13)

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Titel:The Geometry of Holding Hands (Isabel Dalhousie Novels)
Författare:Alexander McCall Smith (Författare)
Info:Abacus (2021), 224 pages
Samlingar:Ditt bibliotek
Taggar:Fiction, NR, Series, Dalhousie


The Geometry of Holding Hands av Alexander McCall Smith


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The Geometry of Holding Hands by Alexander McCall Smith is labelled as a philosophical mystery - to quote the blurb - and I was curious to see what it was about. It is the thirteenth in a series about Isabel Dalhousie, a well-to-do philosopher and editor / publisher of the journal named Review of Applied Ethics. Happily married now to a musician younger than herself and a mother of two little kids, she has a solid code of ethics that she abides by, tries to always do the right thing, and evaluates every situation from multiple perspectives before acting. She also has the habit of going off on a tangent almost in every discussion she has with everyone. She regularly gets entangled in some unusual circumstances and, aided by her astute mind and moral sense, comes out with appropriate results for all concerned.
This time, an unknown man requests her to be the executor of his estate, her self-centred niece Cat gets engaged to a man who seems to be in it for her money, and there are other issues that need Isabel's involvement and judgement.
I was at a disadvantage getting into this long-running series this late, thereby having no idea about the backstories of the major characters. Coming to this from reading fast-paced crime thrillers and murder mysteries, I found the dramatic quotient of this book to be quite low. However, that did not stop me from enjoying this novel and all the credit goes to the charming prose of Mr. Smith. The predicaments Isabel finds herself in, and the means by which she tries to resolve them are quite entertaining. And her digressions are amusing in their unpredictability. The characters of her husband, her housekeeper and her lawyers are quite likeable.
As much as I was entertained by Isabel's straying off the topics of discussion, I found it a bit too distracting, until I realized that there is nothing much to be distracted from in this novel without any specific plot. Overthinking about each and every small matter in life does not seem to me a very healthy habit, and I am not sure I would like to be with such a person. But then, each person has his / her own quirks, and Isabel's overthinking is okay as long as it results in good.
In short, The Geometry of Holding Hands is a light read that may appeal to readers looking for a warm, good-hearted read without violence, sex, and other baser human emotions. But the lack of any kind of urgency in this novel kept my interest low and I would rate it 3 out of 5. My gratitude to netgalley and the publisher (Pantheon) for my review copy! ( )
  aravind_aar | Nov 21, 2021 |
This novel continues the philosophical meanderings of Isabel Dalhousie as she attempts to use her skills to help others. Isabel contends with her niece's conniving husband, a man who wants her to serve as executor for his will, and a past jury duty participant. Along with these situations, Isabel is taking care of her husband Jamie and their two sons, as well as editing a professional journal and working at her niece's deli. All in all, Isabel has a lot on her plate!

The novel gets off to a slow start, with some obscure references to literary works. There is not a lot of action in this novel either. Readers new to this series might find the philosophical sidebar thoughts to be confusing.I have read the other books in this series, and this one does not seem to be the best of the lot.

I received this novel from the publisher and from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are entirely my own. ( )
  LadyoftheLodge | Jul 24, 2021 |
I've read quite a few of this author's books that feature Mma Ramotswe and the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency but I had not delved into his other series. Partly that's because he is so very prolific that I couldn't even keep up with the one series let alone a whole host of others. But my wonderful husband saw this book in McNally Robinson when he was shopping for a birthday present for me and he thought I might enjoy it. I needed something light to read after ingesting a number of good but heavy reads so I plucked it off my TBR pile. It was a nice respite.

Isabel Dalhousie is a philosopher who edits a philosophy and ethics magazine. She, her musician husband and their two children live in suburban Edinburgh. Isabel is the recipient of funds from a family trust which means that she doesn't have any money worries but the book opens with her pondering if it is ethical to go to a posh restaurant with her husband. That is indicative of Isabel's life; she brings her ethical stance to almost every decision she makes. She agrees to be the executor for the will of a man she doesn't know because he has a remote connection to her family. She worries about the man who works in her niece's deli when the niece gets engaged and she and her fiance decide to sell the deli in order to finance a boat to take out on charters in the North Sea. Even asking her housekeeper to babysit the children is a moral decision for her. Of course, she handles every decision neatly. She may encounter a few bumps along the way but those are soon smoothed over.

Lovely little book that was just right for my mood. ( )
  gypsysmom | May 29, 2021 |
Meh. An acceptable diversion for the evening of November 3, 2020 - like hot chocolate with marshmallows and a bag of Oreo cookies. You don't even really feel better after you've finished, but it's better than leftover boiled cabbage. Isabel Dalhouse is a nice person. She has a perfect house in a splendid city, a beyond-perfect husband, perfectly unmessy and painless pregnancies that produce charming children, a totally devoted and utterly reliable babysitter on call at all times, and more money than God. She muses - in the abstract - about ethical questions. People have problems, she whips out her checkbook, and problem solved, in a sweet, harmonious way. The end.

It was an escape that served its purpose. but - like [b: Land of Long Lost Friends|43864583|To the Land of Long Lost Friends (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, #20)|Alexander McCall Smith|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1556889487l/43864583._SY75_.jpg|68250091] - I think I'm done with McCall Smith. Too treacly, too insubstantial, too... patronizing? Privileged? Just unserious, pretty stuff - depends on your tolerance for cotton candy.

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  JulieStielstra | May 17, 2021 |
Ethicist Isabelle Dalhousie is asked to act as executor for a terminally ill man's estate. She doesn't know him but they have many mutual friends, a fact that makes it impossible for her to refuse his request. At the same time, her niece, Cat, is in the process of making a decision that will affect the deli and its employee, Eddie. Isabel is convinced that Leo, Cat's fiance, is pushing Cat but is not sure how she can let her know her worries about him.

The Geometry of Holding Hands is the 13th book in the Isabel Dalhousie series by Alexander McCall Smith but it is the first I have read. The story's charm and satisfying end to both Isabel's predicaments make for a very enjoyable read and I recommend it highly to anyone looking for a sweet comfort read to get them through these trying times.

Thanks to Netgalley and Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group for the opportunity to read tis book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  lostinalibrary | Mar 2, 2021 |
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