S4L Book Club No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

Hi. I’m writing this post before the beginning of the month
partly to figure out what I’m doing and partly to find out what you want for
this discussion.

First- Have those who want to participate read the book, or
do you need more time? We don’t have to start on March 1.

Second- I really want this to be a discussion and a
conversation. A forum will make it much easier to do this, but that isn’t
available to us yet. I hope that everyone will feel free to react, comment and
pose questions on their own. Any questions I pose are intended to generate
conversation, not to direct it.

That said, I am going to give you one “canned” question now.
This is a thought I had and wanted to ask and I think this Readers’ Guide
question expresses it well.  I don’t want
anyone to answer it directly, but to reflect on it throughout the discussion.

Alexander McCall Smith’s Precious Ramotswe books
have been praised for their combination of apparent simplicity with a high
degree of sophistication. In what ways does The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
have the appeal of simple storytelling? In what ways is it sophisticated? What
does it suggest about the larger issues of how to live one’s life, how to
behave in society, how to be happy?

Categories: Reading

5 replies »

  1. I’ve had it on interlibrary loan hold since you announced it and still haven’t gotten my copy 🙁

  2. I have read the book. I am struggeling with my batteri pack, it is too low and very slow in the recharging process. I do as Mma P. R: sit down and drink some thea and do some thinking 🙂

  3. I’m ready, but, of course, am happy to wait.

    @Chrissie – Is there any way to know how far down on the list you are? When you get it, you’ll buzz through it in no time.

    @Harriet – lol! Great response to the problem.

    I hope we’ll get to discuss those questions at some point. I’m curious about others’ answers.

  4. If people want to discuss the question specifically, they certainly can.

    @Chrissie- Bummer! It is a quick read. Do you want us to wait, or go on and you can join in?

    @Harriet- That is exactly what Mma Ramotswe would do!