Tiny tales Stories of romance, ambition, kindness, and happiness

Alexander McCall Smith, 1948-

Book - 2021

"From the beloved author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series comes a delightful compendium of very short fiction and comics that celebrate the joy and absurdity of the human experience. It is often said that the best things in life come in small packages--anyone in search of proof need look no further than the stories in this collection: brief, utterly engaging tales that offer lasting surprise and delight. From the original Greek financial crisis, when the profligate Gods of ...Olympus were punished by Odin and the other Norse Gods for their unchecked spending, to a handy unintended benefit of cosmetic surgery; from Pope Ron, the first Australian Pope, who wants nothing more than to live quietly, to a rather droll cat named Stanley, to Good President Wenceslas, benevolent leader of a snowy land: these stories are by turns funny, poignant, and deliciously wicked, each one a gift begging to be unwrapped and enjoyed again and again"--

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Subjects
Genres
Short stories
Published
New York : Pantheon Books [2021]
Edition
First American edition
Language
English
Item Description
Subtitle taken from book cover.
Physical Description
x, 226 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
ISBN
9780593316009
0593316002
Main Author
Alexander McCall Smith, 1948- (author)
Other Authors
Iain McIntosh (illustrator)
  • Descent
  • Sister Angelica
  • By post
  • Takahashi Ichiro, passenger-pusher
  • Amuse-bouche: romance & relationships
  • The first adventure of Pope Ron
  • The Pope goes swimming
  • You the Pope?
  • The Pope in the country
  • Pope Ron & the book club
  • Pope Ron's friend
  • Amuse-bouche: Larry Porker & his friends
  • Jitan
  • Edith van Twist, failed soprano
  • Magnus Bjornbirgir, progressive Viking
  • The handbag
  • Amuse-bouche: children & their parents
  • Housemates
  • What happened three years later
  • The mathematician
  • Amuse-bouche: life & its pitfalls
  • Mr. Nariman Sodawaterwalla meets Leila Commissariat on the eighth floor of the Cricket Hotel, Mumbai
  • What happened to Phil Butters in the lift
  • Amuse-bouche: Geoff's cat, Stanley
  • On the way down
  • Clarence Macphail
  • Amuse-bouche: life & its further pitfalls
  • In the swimming pool
  • Boarding-school story
  • The cure
  • Amuse-bouche: Caesar & the world of Rome
  • Four dentists go on holiday
  • Harry Brick
  • Amuse-bouche: more cats
  • At the arachnophobia workshop
  • Enlistment
  • Lord Lucan, fugitive
  • Little Piggish.
Review by Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* McCall Smith, internationally celebrated for his novels, especially the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, breaks new ground here with a collection of short stories spiked with some comics. The book is organized into thematic sections, including "Love," "Kindness," "Poignancy," and "Revenge," along with two especially whimsical sections: "Elevator Tales," about strange or serendipitous elevator encounters, and "Pope Ron," about the first Australian pope, who sports a tattoo of St. Francis of Assisi. McCall Smith's gift for quick characterization and his ability to conjure a range of moods, from philosophical to madcap, are on full display here. The best part of the book may be the sections titled "Amuse-Bouches." These are the graphic stories sprinkled throughout; artist Iain McIntosh, using heavy line drawings, illustrates McCall Smith's captions in panels that are sometimes zany-jokey, sometimes show sharp turns in fortune, and sometimes have an Aesop-like moral at the end. The "Amuse-Bouches" carry both serious and comic themes in groupings titled "Love," "Children and Their Parents," and "Life and Its Pitfalls" (with an incisive section called "Scientific Ethics: A Crash Course"). The graphic stories and the text-only ones all contain memorable characters, like a couple known as the "Virtue-Signallers," a Japanese passenger pusher, a contemporary Icarus on a hang glider, and a Russian cat with a face like Putin's. Quirky and delightful. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"From the beloved author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series comes a delightful compendium of very short fiction and comics that celebrate the joy and absurdity of the human experience. It is often said that the best things in life come in smallpackages--anyone in search of proof need look no further than the stories in this collection: brief, utterly engaging tales that offer lasting surprise and delight. From the original Greek financial crisis, when the profligate Gods of Olympus were punished by Odin and the other Norse Gods for their unchecked spending, to a handy unintended benefit of cosmetic surgery; from Pope Ron, the first Australian Pope, who wants nothing more than to live quietly, to a rather droll cat named Stanley, to Good President Wenceslas, benevolent leader of a snowy land: these stories are by turns funny, poignant, and deliciously wicked, each one a gift begging to be unwrapped and enjoyed again and again"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

The beloved author of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency offers a collection of very short fiction and comics that celebrate the joy and absurdity of the human experience. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

It is often said that the best things in life come in small packages; anyone in search of proof need look no further than the stories in this collection from the acclaimed author of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series: brief, utterly engaging tales that offer lasting surprise and delight, accompanied by charming illustrations by Iain McIntosh. In Tiny Tales, Alexander McCall Smith explores romance, ambition, kindness, and happiness in thirty short stories accompanied by thirty witty cartoons designed by Iain McIntosh, McCall Smith’s longtime creative collaborator. Here we meet the first Australian pope, who hopes to finally find some peace and quiet back home in Perth; a psychotherapist turned motorcycle racetrack manager; and an aspiring opera singer who gets her unlikely break onstage. And, of course, we spend time in McCall Smith’s beloved Scotland, where we are introduced to progressive Vikings, a group of housemates with complex romantic entanglements, and a couple of globe-trotting dentists. These tales and illustrations depict the full scope of human experience and reveal the rich tapestry of life—painted in miniature.