I particularly liked the Samuel story. Regarding Mma Makutsi, though, I wonder if McCall-Smith is intentionally trying to make Mma Makutsi unlikeable so that whenever she does something good, we're happily surprised.
Filled with gentle wisdom and humour.
I so agree with cknightkc. Besides the story is the rich sharing of Botswana, and the customs, search and hope for progress, while retaining the identity. The author keeps up with the changing times, injects the wisdom of the narrative, and weaves a worthy story. While I read books of different agenda, at times, I simply need to kick back, and read for simplicity, learning of African customs, and the nuggets of wisdom the author provides for further contemplation. Smith has a way of interjecting story, wisdom, compassion, and sharing of this one place in Africa, a microcosm we may not have had the privilege to explore.
Having read the previous instalment, I was curious as to how Makutsi's latest business venture was going to be followed on from. I didn't get the insight I wanted about this topic but perhaps that is to be expected in such a series as this?
Great and enjoyable read.
This was a joy from beginning to end. The perfect anodyne for getting out of post war Italy! (was reading Marco Vichi; Inspector Bordelli) Precious and gang help us remember we're all the same, no matter what. Just take some time to remember that and we'll all be the better for it. Thank you for the gentle reminder!
Who would think that the 16th book in the Ladies Detective Agency series would be my favorite, but it is. Power-hungry Mma Makutsi takes over the angency while Mma Romotswe is “forced” to take a vacation. I sort of saw this story as the swan song of the series with the destruction of the agency when left to Mma Makutsi and Charlie. Instead it turns into \ another delightful story filled with interesting characters and mysteries involving human nature.
Always such a pleasure to read the Mma Ramotswe series. I thought that the explanation of the main mystery was missing something, but it didn't detract very much from my enjoyment of this book.
Grace Makutsi arranges for Precious Ramotswe to take a vacation, although Mma Ramotswe is not sure that she wants one. Despite miscommunication and misgivings, the entanglements of a case that seems to be going awry, Violet Sephotho, and a boy who is getting a bad start in life, Mma Ramotswe does get a vacation that she enjoys. A lovely, comforting read.
THE WOMAN WHO WALKED IN SUNSHINE is another charming addition to a series in which the plot has become secondary to the characters and their relationships. Author Alexander McCall Smith quietly interjects wisdom and humor in his writing. The customs and details of everyday life are important to his stories, as is the beautiful setting of Botswana and Africa. For me, reading this book is as comforting as a cup of hot chocolate (or a cup of Mma Ramotswe's bush tea) on a cold winter's day.
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