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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

cover of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

The first book in this series, which I read after the second, instead of the usual order. But still enjoyed the characters and the glimpses into Botswanan culture. Mma Ramotswe is very clever in the ways that she goes about her cases. There are a number of smaller cases which she is hired to solve, so her problem solving skills become very apparent. Also, there are pieces of Mma Ramotswe's history that are shared to give an understanding of who she is -- these were helpful for me, especially having already read another book.

One humorous section involved Mma Ramotswe thinking about her weight. That she has nothing to be ashamed of when she visits the doctor. She is built like a traditional African woman. Which means that she is strong and rather large. She has had enough food to eat, meaning she is wealthy enough to eat as well. A couple of times in the book this subject comes up and she reminds herself she should be confident and enjoy her appearance. And two men offer to marry her, so they must think she is beautiful as well. Different ideas than our current American ideal of beauty.

Title:The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Author:Alexander McCall Smith
Date published:1998
Series:The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
Number of pages:235


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