Trains and Lovers

Trains and Lovers In the words of Alexander McCall Smith You feel the rocking of the train you hear the sound of its wheels on the rails you are in the world rather than suspended somewhere above it And sometimes ther

  • Title: Trains and Lovers
  • Author: Alexander McCall Smith
  • ISBN: 9781846972454
  • Page: 467
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In the words of Alexander McCall Smith You feel the rocking of the train, you hear the sound of its wheels on the rails you are in the world rather than suspended somewhere above it And sometimes there are conversations to be had, which is what the overarching story in this collection is all about It is a simple device people brought together entertain one another wiIn the words of Alexander McCall Smith You feel the rocking of the train, you hear the sound of its wheels on the rails you are in the world rather than suspended somewhere above it And sometimes there are conversations to be had, which is what the overarching story in this collection is all about It is a simple device people brought together entertain one another with tales of what happened to them on trains It takes place on a journey I frequently make myself and know well, the journey between Edinburgh and London It is best read on a train, preferably that one.

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    1. My first encounter with Alexander McCall Smith was The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. It didn't take long for me to get hooked on the adventures, or lack thereof, of Mma. Ramotwse, her assistant, the shoe-loving Mma Grace Makutsi, and her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. I then turned to another McCall Smith series, this one featuring Isabel Dalhousie. When the clerk at Watermark Books suggested I might >Trains and Lovers, the newest McCall Smith book, I grabbed it up. Like it I did, eve [...]

    2. I will of course be recommending this to fans of Alexander McCall Smith, for they would read anything he writes, and rightly so. But Trains and Lovers comes off as a string of narratives harvested from a notebook and tossed onto the train with three men and one woman to tell them. The characters' voices and tones are almost identical, so that by the end of the book I could not remember who told which personal reminiscence. McCall Smith is at his best not only when a character speaks, but when a [...]

    3. How I do with we could use half stars because this is a 4.5 rather than flat four. I am a massive fan of Alexander McCall Smith's work. One of the things I love about him is ability to jump from series to series and give to each a unique voice. The voice of No 1 Ladies Detective Agency is different to 44 Scotland Street and so on.And so it is with Trains and Lovers. The voice is different, the feel is different and the flavour is different. I took this in to hospital with me when undergoing a ga [...]

    4. Trains and Lovers. What a lovely title and what a lovely book. For many, if not most, people trains have a romantic allure, of chance meetings and adventure. Alexander McCall Smith has used such a setting to gather four strangers together to reminisce about and ponder the vagaries of love in conjunction to other train rides or encounters with trains. As the wheels glide forward from Edinburgh to London, these four people will allow themselves to also flow into a rhythm of ease with one another, [...]

    5. This is what I would call a lovely, lovely book. I only knew of the author by his lady detective series, which are such a delight, and his Isabel Dalhousie series, which I'm not crazy about. So I really didn't have any expectations for this book. I simply saw it listed in a catalog and decided I'd better see what he has to say here. It was my lucky day!His characters -- all 4 of them -- and nice people, a seeming rarity in books any more. There is no plot to speak of: 4 passengers on a train, un [...]

    6. Alexander McCall Smith is known for gentle humour and a light touch, and he shows a great fondness for humanity, occasionally slipping over into sentimentality. One suspends judgement on that, however, because he takes you on a very pleasant journey. This book was definitely an antidote to the last book I reviewed, which takes a very dim view of humanity (Gone Girl).This book slides along on the well-oiled wheels of clarity of sentence and phrase, understatement, and introspection, as four train [...]

    7. Well, it seems that Alexander McCall Smith has redeemed himself. After The 2½ Pillars of Wisdom, three stories of such stupefying tedium that I would have willingly gnawed off my page-turning hand rather than read the whole thing, I was afraid to pick up anything by him again. However, this is not at all bad: four strangers on an Edinburgh to London train share their stories and memories of love and love affairs. One young man who met his through his first job; another through a chance encounte [...]

    8. McCall Smith seems to be writing books that explain his philosophical ideas more than his wit and storytelling. He concerns himself with the moral dilemmas in life -- usually not the major ones but rather those that happen in our day-to-day encounters with other persons. In this book he presents a construct he calls "moral luck" but he does not clearly integrate it into the stories. Trains and Lovers is a book of four stories combined through a train ride. While each of the four riders present a [...]

    9. 3.5 stars. This was actually surprisingly good. Firstly, the title is adorable, and secondly the writing is amazing. It's the kind of book that makes you want to dog ear the bottom of the pages so you can go back when you're done and read some of the good bits again, and copy out some of the amazing paragraphs into a journal. (At least I did this.) The style is sorta chatty and wisdom-filled and it's lovely to read. The characters are lovable and relatable and it was a nice, special book. I was [...]

    10. Good but not great. I enjoyed the Australian section but never really got into the others' stories. Much prefer McCall Smith's other series.

    11. I started this book while on a train myself and I definitely wish that I had carried on reading it on the train just to be absorbed into the experience further. The story follows 4 strangers on a train come together to share their experiences of love. I really loved this plot idea and the way that it was written with segments on the train and then sections which are focused on the specific memory of the person. This writing style kept the story following and continually interesting to read. I al [...]

    12. Another wonderful story by Alexander McCall Smith. He is always writing a new wrinkle into humanity each book and how he is able to do this just amazes me - his characters never seem to repeat. This book is a story of four people who are riding a train together and begin to share bits of their lives. I love that McCall Smith is able to share the back story of each person and then also add in their doubts and assumptions about the other three seated in the spots beside and across from them. He ha [...]

    13. Andrew, David, Hugh, Kay. Four people meet on a train and hold a conversation with one another. Some unseen force urges them to tell one another about the great loves in their lives. If I had to pick one word to summarize this book . . . Pudding. Overall sweet and smooth. But bland. Great for bedtime.Question: "So what is this love that comes with being married?"Answer: "Being fond of somebody Being nice Wanting them not to go away"*makes confused face.* This is my first Alexander McCall Smith b [...]

    14. One of my favorite parts of traveling has always been the people I meet along the way. Much to the amusement or chagrin of friends I've travelled with, I'm known to strike up conversations with passengers seated around me, particularly prone to over-sharing and delving deeply into as much of their own lives as they will allow. After all, as Smith points out in this book, who are your passengers but strangers who are likely to disappear in a few hours, never to be met again?InTrains and LoversSmi [...]

    15. On a train from Edinburgh to London, 4 complete strangers begin to talk and share. Their conversations revolve around love. Andrew talks about his first love while David thinks about his unrequited love. Hugh shares his experience with trust issues with his sweetheart. Kay, the only woman shares her reason for being on the train and that is her love for her parents. At the end of the ride at King's Cross station all the questions are answered and the final outcomes revealed. My best quote comes [...]

    16. Although the page count won't make it seem novella length, the large print and small pages make this book a breeze, perfect for the last book of 2013!This is a sweet (too sentimental, possibly?) story of four strangers on a train, traveling from Edinburgh to London, and telling the stories of their lives to each other. One man keeps his story to himself, but the reader gets to read it. It's all about strangers, friends, and love. And maybe at the end of a rough year, it was a nice sendoff.

    17. In a word, CHARMING. A wonderful, cosy little story for a chilly afternoon. Afghan and cup of tea optional.

    18. This review and others can be found on Cozy Up With A Good ReadSo this is my first Alexander McCall Smith book, and I've heard a lot of great things about his other books but they are all series and I wasn't ready to get into a new one. Well after reading this book I think I may need to check out his other books (even though they are series) because his writing is so absorbing and real that you just have to fall in love with the story. Honestly, with this book the cover was the first thing that [...]

    19. McCall Smith's weaves an implausible sharing of four love stories on a train journey from Edinburgh to London into a series of delightful vignettes. There is first love, unrequited love, parental love and love as trust.Delightful as the work as a whole is, the characters seem to tell their stories with very similar voices. It sounds rather like the author is a fifth person in the carriage reporting to us what he has heard. Kay, the West Australian woman in particular seems not to have her own vo [...]

    20. This is a nice little stand alone book. It doesn't belong in any of McCall Smith's other wonderful series unless you count the stand alones as a series of stand alones. Sorry!The story is set on a train journey from Scotland to London and the four travellers, one woman and three men who have never met before, each have a story to relate about love. I enjoyed this book very much, getting to know each character. These stand alone books are quite different from others, there is less speculating on [...]

    21. I love the No.1 Ladies Detective Series. Mma Ramotswe is a delight and Botswana comes alive under McCall Smith's pen. I have not been as fond of his other series. This one is no exception. They are really short stories cut and pasted together on the pretense of four peole sharing a train ride. I think Smith's forte is creating a place and I would loved if he had developed the Australian train stop story more. The bit he did share was wonderful and I would have enjoyed that story more.The other s [...]

    22. This is an interesting genre, though that might not be quite the right word: a way of looking into various people's thoughts on a journey, on the same subject. In this case the subject is love, fascinating to all readers. Alexander McCall-Smith is on my list of trusted writers. I can't go wrong picking up one of his, though I still suspect him of keeping his manuscripts in the closet pre-written, he is so prolific!This story is full of hints and beginnings, provocative details that leave you wan [...]

    23. Trains and Lovers was a sweet summer read, light and sentimental, and likable. It reminded me of The Canterbury Tales, each story standing on its own, linked only by the shared journey of the tellers. As always, Smith develops his characters gently, their foibles even more than their strengths drawn with a loving pen.One of the things I love most about Alexander McCall Smith's books is how firmly they are set in a place. I can't imagine Bertie or Matthew or Angus living anyplace other than Edinb [...]

    24. I have never read McCall Smith before and this probably was not the best one to start with. Strangers on a train, only these strangers are not planning a murder, but recounting their different experiences with love. Okay so.t you have to believe that on a train, from Edinburgh to London, a group of four strangers, three men one woman, manage to get close enough to the others that they feel comfortable exchanging these types of confidences. Okay, that would not be me but if one can keep their pes [...]

    25. I normally like Alexander Mcall Smith's writing but this book felt lazy, rushed, unsophisticated and a bit pointless. I read it in a couple of hours and it I forgot about it as soon as I closed the book.

    26. An enchanting book! The tales are told by the different riders, strangers on a four hour train ride. The tales are of past and present relationships. While this is a popular award winning author, this is the first book I've read of his. How delightful!

    27. Kay, David, Hugh e Andrew. Quatro pessoas de nacionalidades e idades diferentes se encontram num trem durante uma viagem entre Edimburgo e Londres. Não se conhecem mas vão passar as cinco próximas horas juntas. Começam a conversar e o assunto é o amor em suas vidas. Cada um deles contará sua história e como foram tocados por esse sentimento tão transformador. Minha preferida foi a de Kay, australiana na meia idade que contará não a sua história de amor, mas a de seus pais.Leitura como [...]

    28. Four complete strangers, four different stories, four approaches to love All revealed when they share a train ride. Actually the best of McCall Smith I ve read when 44 Scotland Street is excluded.

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