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By Alexander McCall Smith

ISBN-10: 0349118973

ISBN-13: 9780349118970

1st in a brand new sequence by means of the writer of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective business enterprise. This sequence is determined in an residence construction in Edinburgh, Scotland and has its proportion of eccentrics and screw ups. Dry, humorous, highly wonderful tales dependent within the author's place of birth.

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His brother Georg's future had always been clear, since he was to in­ herit the farm, and from the very start he lived in perfect harmony with his vocation. What was to become of their second-born remained for the parents an open question that would have to be decided by inclina­ tions and abilities he might demonstrate; and it was remarkable, then, how early the notion became firmly fixed in their and all our minds that Adrian would have to be a scholar. What kind of scholar remained u �decided for a long time, but even as a boy his whole moral de­ meanor, the way he expressed himself, his formal decisiveness, even his gaze, his facial expression, never left a doubt in my father's mind, for example, that this branch on the Leverkiihn family tree was called to "something higher" and that he would be the first educated man in his family.

And so at Easter r 8 9 5 Adrian left his parents' home and came to town to attend our Boniface Gymnasium (actually, School of the Brethren of the Common Life). His uncle, Nikolaus Leverkiihn, his father's brother and a respected citizen of Kaisersaschern, consented to take the boy in. VI s on the Saale, it should be noted for non­ AGermans that it mlies somewhat to the south of Halle, near the bor­ F O R M Y H O M ETOWN der to Thuringia. I al ost said it lay-for being separated from it now for so long, I find it has slipped into the past for me.

My wishes and hopes are compelled to resist the victory of German arms, because my friend's work would be buried beneath it, covered with the curse of proscription and forget­ fulness for perhaps a hundred years, thus missing its own age and re­ ceiving historical honor only in a later one. That is the special motive for my criminal deed, and I share that motive with a scattered number of people who are easily counted on the fingers of both hands. But my mental state is only a special variation on an outlook that has become the fate of our whole nation, always excepting cases of oversize stu­ pidity and base self-interest; and I am not free from a tendency to see in this fat� some special, unparalleled tragedy, although I know that other peoples have had to bear the burden of wishing the defeat of their nation for its own good and for the sake of a shared future.

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