It is always such a pleasure to read a book by Alexander McCall Smith.
I do remember the first time I read the first book in the series, The No1 Ladies Detective Agency and I was hooked. It was in my 20s when I started. But read at a time where I was working and studying to be a nurse. When these two worlds became too much, I started to read less of the books I enjoyed and was only reading textbooks that were essential for my career. Eventually I forgot all about the series.
However, for the last couple of weeks, I have been enjoying visits to the library with my youngest son, every Monday and Thursday whilst my eldest is at after school clubs. Not only have I fallen back in love with reading, but it has also opened up a world of books for my youngest, who always likes to max out my library card (I can just about borrow 3 books at a time).
Onto the book…
The simplicity behind the No1 ladies detective agency series is one to be appreciated over and over again. It is a lovely light hearted read, where you can read in almost any setting (cafe or around screaming kids) and still be absorbed into the story. Every time I sit down and open the pages, it feels like I am in Botswana, driving with Mma Ramotswe in her little white van, experiencing the many wonders of Africa.
Alexander writes like no other author I have come across, there is always the repetition of respect and love to others, drummed into us whether the character shows it to her neighbours or the community. It always reminds me of the fundamental qualities that are so important in our lives. The way that we are with each other, the way in which we hold beliefs about ourselves, how we should respect and behave with others, how we should hold on to our personal values, allowing others opinions, even changing our views but not to be consumed by it. The important learned qualities that we may have been taught at an early age, may have been forgotten or misplaced. And to have a reminder of that allows us to refocus and learn.
For those who are interested in reading this series, it is a fantastic great read. Because it is fiction, we may get swept up in the fact that it is not real, but it is important to take a moment to reflect on what the story tells us of our own lives such as would we like to have the same respect shown to us as those who live in Botswana? Is it possible this can be achieved? If not, what is holding us back from achieving this?
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