Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Smitten by Mma Ramotswe

I first watched the DVD series The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and fell in love with its main character Mma Ramotswe, Chief Detective, and her world in Gaborone, Botswana. Then I went in search of the novels by author Alexander McCall Smith, on which the series was based.

In case you have not had the delightful pleasure to read these gently touching and humorous stories, I have provided a couple of excerpts from the two novels I just finished reading. I hope you, too, will be drawn into Mma Ramotswe's simpler and picturesque world. 

The Full Cupboard of Life

"As always in Alexander McCall Smith's gentle celebrations of life in this arid patch of southern Africa (Botswana), the best moments are the smallest." ~The New York Times

"But there was a great deal that people did not understand and would only learn through bitter experience. In her view, one of these things was the truth of the old African saying that it takes an entire village to raise a child. Of course it does; of course it does.
Everybody in a village had a role to play in bringing up a child--and cherishing it--and in return that child would in due course feel responsible for everybody in that village. That is what makes life in society possible. We must love one another and help one another in our daily lives. That is the traditional African way and there was no substitute for it. None." ~ Mme Ramotswe, pg. 126

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In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

"It was time for Mma Ramotswe to visit Mma Silvia Potokwane, the redoubtable matron of the orphan farm. There was no particular reason for Mma Ramotswe to pay a visit.... This was purely a social visit, of the sort that Mma Ramotswe liked to make when she felt that it was time to sit and talk. People did not spend enough time sitting and talking, she thought, and it was important that sitting and talking time be preserved."

"Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni was always prepared to listen to stories... although he had heard them all from Mma Ramotswe many times over. ...There were many such stories, and he understood just how important they were, and listened with patience and with respect. A life without stories would be no life at all. And stories bound us, did they not, one to another, the living to the dead, people to animals, people to the land?"

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I hope you have a great day with a few moments to read something wonderful.



  1. My sissie keeps talking about these. If you think they are wonderful, too, they must be. Guess I am adding another bunch to the summer list!

  2. Loved No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. I still recommend those books. They made me laugh and that is always good.

  3. Never read these. Thank you for the nudge in their direction. :-)

  4. Haven't seen these jewels. I'll definitely put them on my to-read list on goodreads. Thanks.

  5. You got me wanting to read The Full Cupboard of Life. Great quotes!

  6. I do find myself looking forward to the time in life that I can read series of books like these. They do sound like ones that I would like. I am sure you learn many fascinating facts as you read through each of them. Right now at this time in life I am helping my daughter quite often, with her five little ones. This was a good post!

  7. If you like these I think you would love his Isabel Dalhousie books!! My favorite of his is not a series, La's Orchestra Saves the World...wonderful book!!

  8. spring is coming...I'm enjoying editing my Nature Notes for Kids poems, no time for reading these days.


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