Saturday, February 17, 2007

Tears of the Giraffe

I started reading this series a while ago. Starting with No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency.

Tears of the Giraffe gives the characters a more interesting, softer side of them. Precious helped a woman with her grief of a son that was lost. Mr. J.L.B. took in some orphan children so they wouldn't be alone. But to be loved by both he and Precious.

What does it mean, Tears of a Giraffe? A giraffe has nothing to give except for it's tears. Just as people give something to be kind.

My favorite characters? They would have to be Mma Ramotswe and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni

With her kind heart and an adventurous spirit of breaking new ground of a woman being a detective. And his hard working, and sometimes naive soul they become good friends and now will be married.

Were there things in the story that stood out? Yes there were.
Mr. J.L.B. is a mechanic and he is trying to keep the cars running as best he can. With new technology coming out he is the only one that knows the basics of the older cars. He doesn't know why the younger men don't want to learn basics.
Not so much different as today with all the new fangled things that are in cars today. Mechanics need to be up on all new things.

Also there is a spot in the book about the orphan children needing others to take care of them. If no one else does who will. So the habit of this continent is to take care of the children. It just isn't 1 person left. The whole village pitches in. Much like the Irish did back in their barbaric ways. If 1 person could do it many did. They fostered children. So no one was left alone
In a way today the message is lost. Many don't want to do anything. What a shame :(

That is just another example of how Mma Ramotswe, and Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni's generous souls come together.

I give this book: 5 

Amazon says: Customers who bought this item also bought: Morality for Beautiful Girls (No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Paperback)) by Alexander McCall Smith
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The Full Cupboard of Life: More from the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency) by Alexander McCall Smith

This is a bookcrossing book and I'm not sure where it will be going next :)

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