- Taschenbuch: 203 Seiten
- Verlag: Polygon Press (1. Mai 2002)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0748663274
- ISBN-13: 978-0748663279
- Verpackungsabmessungen: 21,4 x 14 x 1,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 71 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 2.594.259 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, Band 4) (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 1. Mai 2002
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'The Kalaharl Typing School for Men' is the fourth novel in the widely acclaimed No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. Following on from 'Morallty for Beautiful Girls' we find Precious Ramotswe, the founder of Botswana's only detective agency now running her business from the garage of her fiance, that most gracious of men, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni. Having recovered from his illness, Mr J.L.B. Matekoni is back at the helm of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, and plans for the couple's wedding need to be made. But when, If ever, will they wed? Intriguing cases present themselves and Mma Ramotswe juggles new clients with her usual formidable talent, but things become unusually complicated when her first-class assistant Mma Makutsi decides to expand the agency by opening a much-needed typing school for men. Amongst her puplis Mma Makutsl finds an admirer, but Mma Ramotswe, knowing how men are, decides to dig deeper. Anthony Minghella and Sydney Pollack's company Mirage will be co-producing The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency TV series with New Africa Media Films.'I was enchanted by the character of Precious Ramotswe and the sly humour of Alexander McCall Smith's writing, his deft evocation of a culture.' Anthony Minghella 'The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency' received two Booker Judges' Special Recommendations in 1999 and was voted one of the 'International Books of the Year and the Millennium' by the Times Literary Supplement. 'Tears of the Giraffe' was selected as one of The Guardian's top ten Fiction paperbacks of the Year, 2000. 'The most entertaining read of the year.' The Guardian 'The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision. His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswanan landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time.' Anthony Daniels, The Sunday Telegraph 'It is not difficult to see why the director of 'The English Patient' and 'The Talented Mr Ripley', Anthony Minghella was so keen to produce the television series of these books in Africa. Smith is a careful, emblematic writer who is beyond gifted, he is a natural storyteller. Smith has once again charmed the sarongs off of us.' The List
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The comparison with Ms. Marple (among others) is, on the other hand, fairly far off the mark. The "solution" of the several cases consists of a sudden idea, a phone call or a conversation, and that's it.
So, sleuths, beware. This is more a book about life in Botswana than a detective novel.
Liebenswert und amüsant erzählt Alexander McCall Smith die Geschichte der beleibten Mma (sprich: Maa) Ramotswe und ihre Geschicklichkeit und Cleverness. Vor allem das als Schauplatz dienende Afrika macht diese Buchserie zu etwas Neuem und sehr Unterhaltsamen.
Ich hab mir nach Teil 1 auch noch die nächsten 3 Bände gekauft und freue mich schon auf weitere Abenteuer der Mma Ramotswe.
The book continues its humorous backdrop as Precious finds herself up against an experienced male competitor who opens the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency. The competitor proves to be very annoying to Precious, and she struggles to maintain her optimism in the face of this new trial.
With Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni back working energetically at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mma. Makutsi finds herself dissatisfied. She's really operating as a secretary to both companies rather than as an assistant detective and acting manager, as she had done before. When a new client shows up and insists on speaking with Precious alone, Mma. Makutsi's unhappiness grows. But she shakes herself off, and finds a new opportunity in establishing The Kalahari Typing School for Men, the most unique educational establishment you will probably ever read about.
Precious deals with two client cases . . . neither of which is really a mystery in the normal literary sense. But deciding how to represent her clients' best interests provides weighty challenges of Biblical proportions.
I was a little disappointed in the book, though. Unlike the earlier three books, it lacks the powerful presence of wild Africa to add character and spice. Increasingly, I felt like I was reading just another comic novel about a woman who is trying to juggle all of the balls at once without dropping one. While that is certainly entertaining, this book lacked the uniqueness that made the other books such continuing and pleasant surprises.
As I finished the book, I thought about the special relationship between novelists and their readers. When a novelist establishes a character and a setting for a series of novels, readers expect that what makes that character and setting precious to them will continue. When a book attempts to go off in a new direction, readers should be glad of the author's willingness to experiment. But I do think that the author should provide a valuable substitute if precious elements are left behind. For example, if this novel had been set in an intriguing new locale because Precious had to move, the pleasure of learning about that locale would have made the book's switch in direction worthwhile.
Novelists, keep your implicit promises to your readers!
These beliefs are just part of the basic philosophy of the central character, Mma Precious Ramotswe, the first lady detective in Botswana, who imparts her basic moral philosophy at the same time - murder is worse than lying, relationships are more important than money, intuition is a kind of knowledge. While all of this philosophy may seem clichéd, as perhaps it is, it appears naturally in the book as part of the character and helps us to understand her approach to solving the cases brought to her.
Woven throughout all of this is a picture of Botswana, considered by Ramotswe, and presumably McCall Smith, as the best and most successful country in Africa. Independent from the British since 1966, there is enormous pride in her accomplishments, and only the ongoinging black magic practices of some of the country's witchdoctors cast a shadow on the shining accomplishments of Botswana's diamond-fueled progress.
Most powerfully of all, it is the love of the land that sings throughout the book. Botswana - stretching from the Kalahari desert to the Limpopo river, a country where « there is a place for me, and for everybody, to sit down on this earth and touch it and call it their own ». A country with its distinct riches - « that was what her country was so rich in - emptiness...those empty spaces, those wide grasslands that broke and broke the heart ». With its thorn trees that know how to survive in the searing heat and the birds and snakes of Mother Africa. Where nature is a family member and where the rising of the sun and its setting at the end of day are events to be savoured in the daily rhythm of life.
I read this book in a relaxed afternoon, and felt I had passed my time with a pleasant companion, who had painted pictures for me of a place I might otherwise never visit.
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