Wednesday, November 16, 2011

[Book Review] THE SATURDAY BIG TENT WEDDING PARTY by Alexander McCall Smith


Multicultural fiction was discussed during October's “What’s Your Flavor?” session at the Central Library.

Becky reviews THE SATURDAY BIG TENT WEDDING PARTY by Alexander McCall-Smith (Pantheon, 2011)

Setting: Botswana Africa - present day

Mma Ramotswe is the owner of the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency. She is definitely not your typical detective. She follows a book by Clovis Anderson on how to be a detective. She uses skills not only of deduction, but her ability to read people through their eyes, their body language, their tone of voice. She relies on her innate sense of the “why” of their behavior in order to solve her cases, and this one is no exception.

In Africa, cattle are wealth. Mma Ramotswe must solve the problem of a rancher whose cattle are being mutilated and killed. She sorts out Charlie, apprentice auto mechanic to her husband, Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni. Charlie has been accused of fathering twins and his reaction is to run away. Assistant detective Grace Makutsi is shopping for wedding shoes. Grace’s problem is that she talks to her shoes. Her bigger problem is that her shoes talk back. Mma Ramotswe will take things in hand and with the help of Mma Potokwane, who runs the orphan farm, she will succeed with getting Grace married to Puti Radiphuti.

On top of all this adventure, Mma Ramotswe keeps seeing an old friend – just there on the corner, or down the street, but as soon as she gets there her friend is gone. Is it a ghost, or can her friend really be there? With the help of Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and Charlie, she and her friend will be joyfully reunited. Alexander McCall Smith weaves a story that makes you love Africa as much as he does.

This book is number 12 in “The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency" Series, by Alexander McCall Smith. Start from the beginning and read them in chronological order to get the full effect of life through the eyes of Precious Ramotswe.

Becky Graham, Central Library

Congratulations to Becky and other staff members who recently completed the "What's Your Flavor?" Reader's Advisory class.

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