La's Orchestra Saves the World

La's Orchestra Saves the World

Book - 2009
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From the best-selling author of The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series comes a delightful and moving story that celebrates the healing powers of friendship and music.

It is 1939. Lavender--La to her friends--decides to flee London, not only to avoid German bombs but also to escape the memories of her shattered marriage. The peace and solitude of the small town she settles in are therapeutic . . . at least at first. As the war drags on, La is in need of some diversion and wants to boost the town's morale, so she organizes an amateur orchestra, drawing musicians from the village and the local RAF base. Among the strays she corrals is Feliks, a shy, proper Polish refugee who becomes her prized recruit--and the object of feelings she thought she'd put away forever.

Does La's orchestra save the world? The people who come to hear it think so. But what will become of it after the war is over? And what will become of La herself? And of La's heart?

With his all-embracing empathy and his gentle sense of humor, Alexander McCall Smith makes of La's life--and love--a tale to enjoy and cherish.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2009, c2008.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780307378385
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 20 cm.


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Aug 17, 2018

Again, the simplicity and beauty of AMS’s story telling belie the intelligence inherent in his narratives. What a writer!

Oct 23, 2012

Was a bit disappointed at the ending, but still pretty good.

May 09, 2012

A lovely gentle story. A good summer read.

mrsgail5756 Mar 20, 2012

good book B+ Read

jolynure Mar 19, 2012

Loved it! A gentle book about a very ordinary young lady who, through difficult times, becomes a very extraordinary person. Many little life lessons here for all of us - old and young alike. Simple messages like, never give up, small and simple things have big results, lives can be touched in so many ways, or that even in troubled times we can go forward and make a difference. McCall is gifted at letting a quiet story deliver many beautiful messages. It makes one want to try harder to be a little kinder, do a little more, touch a heart or two, and do the best possible wherever you are and in whatever life hands you. These subtle messages go way beyond the musical metaphors and the sweet story in La's Orchestra.

mtnigh Aug 13, 2011

lovely story, worth recommending

Dec 06, 2010

excellent book - very gentle

Aug 18, 2010

Easy to read and interesting story about how one woman copes with being alone during WWII living just outside of London England. Shows how we all have a part to play in this world.


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