Sunday, 19 May 2013

Fiction Reads: The Dog Who Came in from the Cold by Alexander McCall Smith

Enter Corduroy Mansions at Pimlico in London and one enters the world of philosophical conversations, etiquette, charm, class, love and eccentricity. The Dog Who Came in from the Cold By Alexander McCall Smith is a lovable and idiosyncratic piece of literature.To summarize it, it is a wonderful world of characters with a hue of idiosyncrasy and delight. What struck me most in this book is the touch of esoteric poetry of love and love for Scotland that resonates throughout the story:

'Traveling northwards through the night
Heading to a Scotland
Of forbidding mountains, and poetry,
And sea, home to me, of course,
But to one whom I love
A place of unknown and unpronounceable names;
May the rain that will surely greet us
Be gentle; may the sky over Ardnamurchan
Allow a glimpse of islands, of Coll, perhaps,
Of Tiree; may she encounter kindness
And the things that kindness brings;
My wishes for her, now, the one I love,
As we travel northwards through the night.

This is a story of love and kindness: love for parents and reciprocation, concern of siblings for each other, love between friends and attraction, and in general it is a reflection of warmth, cosy as the 'cool kindliness of sheets'. It is eccentric literature too; however all's well that ends well.

(Article by Kabita Sonowal)


  1. I have been hearing about The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series for so long, but I've always been wary of reading any of the books. Isn't this one by the same author? It sounds beautiful. "Eccentric literature" sounds just like something I'd enjoy. Lovely review!