- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Knopf Canada; First Printing edition (April 20 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0676979254
- ISBN-13: 978-0676979251
- Product Dimensions: 14.4 x 2.3 x 21.7 cm
- Shipping Weight: 612 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #521,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Double Comfort Safari Club Hardcover – Apr 20 2010
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"The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries remain his best-written and most consistently satisfying works. The Double Comfort Safari Club gives readers a chance to check in on the more compassionate, reflective world of the house on Zebra Drive."
--The Christian Science Monitor
"What would summer be without a visit to Botswana and the private detective agency run by Precious Ramotswe? The point of these books . . . is not to uncover mysteries, at least not directly, but rather, discuss the vagaries of the human heart and what makes people tick."
"Like clove oil on a bad tooth, McCall Smith's fiction acts on cynicism as an effective, old-fashioned balm."
--The Globe and Mail
Praise for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series:
"Beautiful in spirit…. Botswana and its way of life are described in exquisite detail…delightful…positively uplifting."
— Winston-Salem Journal
"Utterly charming and compulsively readable."
"Endearing, amusing…sparkles with African sunshine and…wit."
— Dallas Morning News
"Smart and sassy…[with] the power to amuse or shock or touch the heart, sometimes all at once."
— Los Angeles Times
"McCall Smith's simple, sweet descriptions of everyday pleasures — a cup of tea, walking around one's garden — are enticing."
— Boston Globe
"There is no end to the pleasure that may be extracted from these books."
— The New York Times Book Review
"Put on the teakettle, find your place in the sun and settle in for a genteel journey."
— Rocky Mountain News
"Four Stars…. Full of the quiet humor and ingratiating charm we've come to expect."
"Each book is a small miracle in its self."
— The Times Picayune
"Witty, charming and a delight…wonderfully entertaining."
— Tucson Citizen
About the Author
ALEXANDER McCALL SMITH was born in what is now Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana. He is now Professor of Medical Law at the University of Edinburgh. He has written more than fifty books, including a number of specialist titles, but is best known for The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, which has achieved bestseller status on four continents. In 2004 he was awarded the British Book Awards Author of the Year and the Booksellers Association Author of the Year. He lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra).See all Product description
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Maybe because I grew up in South Africa, I understand all the hidden fear for animals and the always available helping hands.
This time round Mma Romotswe has a couple of cases to exercise her skills. She has been contacted by an American attorney whose late client has left some money to someone in Botswana who was kind to her and the task is to track this person down. The other case concerns a couple who are known to Mma R, and who apparently each suspect the other of cheating.
I was fortunate to visit Botswana a few years ago, and this series does very much capture the pace of life and the general philosophical outlook of the populace which is considerably removed from what we are used to in the West. These are relatively short books and very easy to read. Most readers will quickly fall into the rhythm of these tales and will thoroughly enjoy them.
The stories are fairly simple. This is a character-driven series, not a plot-driven one. I look forward to each new book, not for the "mysteries" (which are lightweight and enjoyable), but for a chance to visit with old friends who warm my heart.
Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones." -- Proverbs 16:24 (NKJV)
The Double Comfort Safari Club ranks among the finest books in this superb series, evoking memories of an earlier Botswana when people cared about one another, the land, and their cattle. Alexander McCall Smith provides a loving microcosm of what humanity has lost around the world, portrayed with gentle humor. Mma Precious Ramotswe once again represents the values of the older traditions as she seeks not so much to solve crimes as to seek gentle harmony. Mma Makutsi symbolizes the ambitious strivers who want to get ahead but whose hearts are still mostly pure. Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni is a man who cares about his work and his family . . . and is content, a model of what happiness should be.
The book presents Precious with a series of challenges, all of which seem quite difficult to surmount at some point . . . until the inner harmony of natural living emerges. A husband and wife suspect each other of infidelity. A man has lost his inheritance in a swindle. A grateful tourist leaves a legacy to someone who needs to be tracked down. Phuti Radiphuti's aunt tries to freeze out Mma Makutsi.
The humor in the book is mostly provided by Mma Makutsi's love of shoes. As the two detectives prepare to search for a missing heir, Alexander McCall Smith has written one of his finest sequences about what a business trip can be like.
The book begins with a beautiful sequence where Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni tries to think like his wife. It's precious!
Come prepared with love in your heart, a smile on your face, and good will towards all.
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Easy (maybe too easy for my taste) entertaining it gives you a feeling of life in Boswana. Calm good people.Read more