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The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency: Chapters 16-18 June 18, 2007

Posted by Han in Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Sm.
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Mma Ramotswe imagines retiring back in Mochudi, buying some land with her cousins, growing melons, and living life in such a way that “every morning she could sit in front of her house and sniff at the wood-smoke and look forward to spending the day talking with her friends. How sorry she felt for white people, who couldn’t do any of this, and who were always dashing around and worrying themselves over things that were going to happen anyway. What use was it having all that money if you could never sit still or just watch your cattle eating grass? None, in her view; none at all” [p. 162]. Is Mma Ramotswe’s critique of white people on the mark or is she stereotyping? What makes her sense of what is important, and what brings happiness, so refreshing? What other differences between black and white cultures does the novel make apparent?

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1. Michelle - June 28, 2007

I took note on this quote too. Found it interesting. I think she makes a point.
I’m reading a book now called “What Every Church Member Should Know About Poverty” . One of the distinctions between middle and lower class is their priorities. Middle is achievement, accomplishment, investment, future while lower is about the here and now, people, relationships, family. The book seems to be written from an American point of view.
Looking at Mma R’s comment from a cultural point of view…. last year when I spent a month is South Africa, I was going NUTS I was getting so board. I’m sure it was partly my Type A personality but it was so hard to force myself to relax for such an extended period of time. They kept joking me as the uptight American.

2. Michelle - June 28, 2007

Also, what is up with her and marriage proposals? She got another one.

I’m noticing her feminist attitude more too. She is an interesting mix of a compassionate woman and a tough chick.


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