The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds

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As a mother, wife, employer and editor of the Review of Applied Ethics, Isabel Dalhousie is aware that to be human is to be responsible. So when a neighbour brings her a new and potentially dangerous puzzle to solve, once again Isabel feels she has no option but to shoulder the burden. A masterpiece painting has been stolen from Duncan Munrowe, old-fashioned philanthropist, father to two discontented children, and a very wealthy man. As Isabel enters into negotiations with the shadowy figures who are in search of a ransom, a case where heroes and villains should be clearly defined turns murky: the list of those who desire the painting - or the money - lengthens, and hasty judgement must be avoided at all cost. Morals, it turns out, are like Scottish clouds: complex, changeable and tricky to get a firm grip on; they require a sharp observational eye, a philosophical mindset, and the habit of kindness. Fortunately for those around her, Isabel Dalhousie is in possession of all three.a€œImagine being Mozarta#39;s sister a€œ a€œYes, imagine. That bit a€” the genius bit a€” has to be there somewhere in the brain. Ita#39;s probably a matter of brain design, of neuro- anatomy. Mozart had it; his sister clearly didna#39;t.a#39; Jamie called that the wiring.

Title:The Uncommon Appeal of Clouds
Author:Alexander McCall Smith
Publisher:Hachette UK - 2012-09-06


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