Sunday, January 29, 2006

Alexander McCall Smith: Morality for Beautiful Girls

Another lovely book about Precious Ramotswe's detective agency.

In this one Mr J.L.B. Maketoni suffers from depression, so Precious and her assistant have to run his business for him while he gets better. It refers a little more to the darker, sadder parts of Africa than the two previous ones I've read, but still remains firmly rooted in optimism and a belief in what is good and true.

Most memorable part: when Mma Ramotswe remembers how happy her maid was when she was told that she would get a job. She thinks "I am lucky that I can make somebody so happy just by saying something." The world would be a better place if more people thought of that as a sign of good fortune.

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