Sunday, May 3
Book Review: Trains and Lovers
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Pages: Ebook 169
Summary: beloved and bestselling Alexander McCall Smith: a story that explores the nature of love--and trains--through a series of intertwined romantic tales.
The rocking of the train car, the sound of its wheels on the rails...there's something special about this form of travel that makes for easy conversation. Which is just what happens to the 4 strangers who meet in Trains and Lovers. As they travel by rail from Edinburgh to London, they entertain one another with tales of how trains have changed their lives. A young, keen-eyed Scotsman recounts how he turned a friendship with a young woman co-worker into a romance by spotting an anachronistic train in an 18th-century painting. An Australian woman shares how her parents fell in love and spent their life together running a railroad siding in the remote Australian Outback. A middle-aged American arts patron sees 2 young men saying goodbye in the station and recalls his youthful crush on another man. And a young Englishman describes how exiting his train at the wrong station allowed him to meet an intriguing woman whom he impulsively invited to dinner--and into his life. Here is Alexander McCall Smith at his most enchanting
My Rating: 7.75/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: I enjoyed the concept of the book a lot, and I think the author did a good job on how he brought all the characters and their stories together.
Although it read like a short story collection, I wouldn't exactly call it that in the traditional sense, but like with all short story collections, I enjoyed some characters stories over others. All of the stories were incredibly well developed and told, especially considering how short each of the characters stories were. But, despite that, each character had a very personal, tale that had a profound effect on their lives - all of which is connected by trains.
I would have liked the book to be longer, as I wanted to know more about some of the characters and their stories, in fact, I would have loved to see some of them in fully length novel.
Overall, it was an enjoyable, quick read - and a very perfect choice, if you commute by train.
Would I recommend it to read: I would, it was a good, quick read, not quite a short story collection, but it has that feel to it.
What to read next: More by the author
Challenges: 100+ Books Challenge, 2015 Category Challenge, EBook Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge, Read Scotland Challenge