One nice thing of having a large family of readers is recommending recently read good books to each other. One series that was suggested to Dan and I is the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith.
It took me a while to get into the first book– I felt a little bit like nothing was happening. However, I’m now on the third and appreciate the style, stories, and humour.
You know it’s a good book when you always want to grab a journal and write down quotes. This is true in the case of the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency books. Here are a few that I would have written in my journal if I wasn’t too lazy to get up 🙂 The perfect mixture of funny, serious, and perfectly accurate:
Now constipation was quite a different matter…It would be dreadful for the whole world to know about troubles of that nature. She felt terribly sorry for people who suffered from constipation, and she knew that there were many who did. There were probably enough of them to form a political party – with a chance of government perhaps – but what would such a party do if it was in power? Nothing, she imagined. It would try to pass legislation, but would fail.
We don’t forget, thought Mma Ramotswe. Our heads may be small, but they are as full of memories as the sky may sometimes be full of swarming bees, thousands and thousands of memories, of smells, of places, of little things that happened to us and which came back, unexpectedly, to remind us who we are.
Who is there to write down the lives of ordinary people?
“You are a fortunate man,” said the jeweller. “Not every man can find such a cheerful, fat woman to marry. There are many thin, hectoring women around today. This one will make you very happy.”
Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni acknowledged the compliment. “Yes,” he said, “I am a very lucky man.”
“And now you must buy her a very big ring,” went on the jeweller. “A fat woman cannot wear a tiny ring.”
Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni looked down at his shoes.
Now if you can’t appreciate any of the above quotes, I’m afraid we wouldn’t get along very well…