The Full Cupboard of Life (No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 5) (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
The Full Cupboard of Life - No 1 Ladies Detective Agency, Bk 5 - Audio Cassette - Unabridged Author:Alexander McCall Smith, Lisette Lecat (Narrator) Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni are still engaged, but with no immediate plans to get married. Mma Ramotswe wonders when a wedding date will be named, but she is anxious to avoid putting pressure on her fiancé. For indeed he has other things on his mind -- particularly a frightening request (involving a parachute jump) made by Mma Po... more »tokwani, the persuasive matron of the orphan farm.
Mma Ramotswe herself has weighty matters on her mind. She has been approached by a wealthy lady to check up on several suitors. Are these men interested in her or just her money? This may be difficult to find out, but it’s just the kind of case Mma Ramotswe likes and she is, as we know, a very intuitive lady.
Meanwhile, Mma Makutsi -- plucky assistant detective and deputy manager of the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors garage -- is moving. Her entrepreneurial venture, the Kalahari Typing School for Men, is thriving and with this new income she has rented two rooms in a house. Her spare time is occupied with planning the move, the décor and her new life in a house with running water all to herself.
In the background of all this is Botswana, a country of empty spaces and echoing skies, a country so beautiful and entrancing that it breaks your heart. Mma Ramotswe has prepared the bush tea and is waiting for us to join her.
I dearly love Mma Ramotswe and her friends and family. This series is one of the real joys of reading.
One bit of free advice: If you can, get at least one of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series on tape or CD and listen to it. The rhythm of the language--even in English--and the pronunciation of the names are fascinating and add to the enjoyment. (After all, how do you really pronounce "Mma"? You'd never guess it right by yourself.)
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Helpful Score: 3
I love this book. I have read, re-read it, and will probably do so again. The premise is interesting, the characters are so well done that I feel as though they are friends. I am also drawn to the authors' description of Africa. He obviously loves it, and draws you into his love. I look forward to more in this series, as well as trying out some of his other series as well.