Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Kalahari Typing School for Men by Alexander McCall Smith
In this forth volume of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the ever-popular Precious Ramotswe - Botswanaa's leading, and only, female private detective - faces a new and unwanted problem : competition.
'Ex-CID, Ex-New York, Ex-cellent' reads the sign outside the Satisfaction Guarantee Detective Agency. Cephas Buthelezi certainly talks the talk, Previous discovers, but would he have the wherewithal to deal with her current case - a man who has been attacked by ostrich rustlers and is eager to reassess his life?
This is the follow up book from Morality for Beautiful Girls.
There's nothing much to say about this book. Even though Precious Ramotswe faced competition, it wasn't really much a competition as it was mentioned in the beginning of the book and the end only. The entire book was rather mellow other than the case of the ostrich man, Precious Ramotswe was asked by a wife to check on her husband whom she think is cheating on her. Mma Makutsi started a typing school for men (hence the title of the book) and went dating too. There are part of the book dedicated to the two apprentice of Mr J.L.B. Matekoni that was pretty funny and also on the two orphans that's staying with Precious Ramotswe.
I would say the saving grace for this book came from the story of Mma Makutsi, of her determination to earn more money for herself and to have a better future for herself and her family. I really admire her guts.
If you are looking for a tender, calm and slow reading with an insight into another culture, you will enjoy this series. Although it's slow and calm, it doesn't mean that it's boring. In fact, it's rather refreshing. I don't have the next book - The Cupboard Full of Life. If you read it, do let me know if you enjoy it.