Tuesday, 7 August 2007

What I'm reading right now...


This is the second book in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series by Rhodesian-born author Alexander McCall Smith.

I fell in love with the first one, and intend, naturally, to read through the series. In Tears of the Giraffe we meet again the delightful Mma Ramotswe, wise, rotund proprietress of the agency, and her estimable fiance Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. Set in Botswana, these stories ooze wisdom, heart and philosophy. The luminosity of the simple prose somehow transcends the ordinary and infuses the reader with the author's obvious love for Botswana, for Africa, and for its people who (surprise! shock!) are just like people everywhere - people who are in danger of losing the very essences that make them unique and wonderful.

Once again we get to travel the dusty roads of Gabarone and environs with Precious Ramotswe as she unearths answers for her burdened clients and foils the vengeful plans of her fiance's inimical maid.

2 comments:

PJ said...

I've read all of them so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing the forthcoming tv version, starring Jill Scott. After reading a few, it can get a little repetitive, but it's like catching up with an old friend that we haven't seen for a while.

Although I love this particular series by McCall Smith, I did not enjoy reading about his Scottish lady detective in a different series. It just didn't work well for me.

wordtryst said...

Hey, great! Another Mma Ramotswe fan!

I'm about to read the first in his Philosophy Club series - I think that's the one with the Scottish lady detective...?