Traditions[ edit ] Mma Ramotswe portrays a person whose character intertwines modern views and traditions of Africa. Many of her views are reflected in the course of the novel. Family life is an extremely important part of this nation's culture and tradition. They would grow melons on the lands and might even buy a small shop in the village
I absolutely loved it. Set in Botswana, it features thirty-five year old Mma Ramotswe, a cunning, content and large in the "traditional" way woman who, after her father dies leaving her many head of cattle, sells up and opens a detective agency.
Hired to track missing husbands, cheating husbands and thieving husbands, as well as daughters, sons and witch doctors, Precious Ramostwe has her hands full. Woven amongst the cases are beautiful descriptions of the land, insights into African culture in all its myriad forms, the life of her father, a miner in South Africa, and her own disastrous marriage which ended many years ago, and a sweet offer of love from one of her best friends, a successful mechanic.
What is especially intriguing about this book, for me, is its seemingly chaotic structure. It follows no neat format, employs chapters within chapters, retells the past without incorporating it into the plot, shifts perspective between characters though Mma Ramotswe has the focal perspective whenever desired, and could sometimes be mistaken for short stories.
And it all works, superbly so. It is serious and wise and thoughtful when it needs to be, and light and ironic at other times. Mma Ramotswe is a fantastic protagonist, a woman who stands up for herself and loves Africa despite its problems.
There are many places there that I would love to visit. I could go on for ages highlighting all the great things in this book - I have absolutely nothing negative to say or complain about, and it was wonderful to read a book with proper English spelling intact except, at one point, the word "humour", which was very odd.The No.
1 Ladies' Detective Agency is the first detective novel in the eponymous series by Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith, first published in The novel introduces the Motswana Mma Precious Ramotswe.
who begins the first detective agency in Botswana, in the capital city Gaborone, after her beloved father dies.
She hires a secretary and solves cases for her clients. The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series started life as a short story written for friends. The story soon took hold of its author and grew first to one novel and then to many more. Now, with over 20 million copies sold in English and translations in 46 languages, the No.
1 Ladies' Detective Agency series is one of the most successful and beloved in the world. Alexander McCall Smith also known as Sandy was born in 24th August in He was born in Africa, Bulawayo Rhodesia present day Zimbabwe.
He holds a United Kingdom citizenship and is a British National. Alexander McCall Smith is an academic who writes Fiction books specifically crime fiction.
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Set: The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency/Tears of the Giraffe/Morality for Beautiful Girls/The Kalahari Typing School For Men/The Full Cupboard of Life by Alexander McCall Smith.
1 Ladies' Detective Agency is a series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith set in Botswana and featuring the character Mma Precious Ramotswe.
The series is named for the first novel, published in Eighteen novels have been published in the series between and The No.
1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith - review 'Ms. Ramotswe encounters lots of different cases in the book. Probably the funniest one is .