The author's affections for Botswana are always simmering beneath the surface. The entire narrative is deliciously flavored with this spice and the reader can savor it after closing the book. The book is filled with often mundane tasks that culminate into a meaningful life for our main characters. As Annie Dillard once said,"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." The character development since the first book is such a rewarding aspect of slowly working through each volume. Mma Makutsi gets her day in Book 3 and it is such a joy to see her come into her own and use those abilities that scored her a 97 in secretarial school. We also anxiously await Mr. J.L.B. Matakoni's recovery from depression. The subject is handled gently, yet honestly. These people are like friends and I look forward to visiting them again in Book 4.
This was not my favorite of the series so far, and I feel like it may have something to do with the fact that I listened to the audiobook. The narrator kind of started to get on my nerves! I love this series but kind of wish this one would have had more of a focus and not been so all over the place. I also thought it was annoying how Mma Romatswe wanted to be "discreet" about J.R. Matekoni's depression but went blabbing about it all over town to whoever would listen!
The audio tape wonderfully imparts the lyrical sounds of Botswana as the narrator rolls her Rs throughout the text. The theme of physical beauty and the trappings of incompetence, vanity and true inner beauty are intertwined in the story.
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