Wednesday, February 29, 2012


La's Orchestra Saves the World

Some day I will post something besides my book reviews...which I only post so that I can remember that I've already read these books.

La's Orchestra Saves the World by Alexander McCall Smith

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Fans of Alexander McCall Smith might be surprised by this stand-alone novel. The tone is a significant departure from the lighthearted stories sprinkled with observations about human nature that I am used to from this author. The novel is well-written and enjoyable. The story takes place during WWII and while I wouldn't categorize it as a war story (war is more the backdrop), I must admit that the story line doesn't stand out in my memory as much as how it made me think about war. It boggles my mind that a generation had to live through not one, but two, devastating wars where your daily stresses included realities such as "I wonder if a bomb will land on my home and kill my family today or if I'll ever see my sons again?" in addition to the usual "What shall I make for dinner?"

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