Tears of the Giraffe by Alexander McCall Smith (2000), 227 pages
(This is another 2008 read, from just before Christmas. Just one left after this!)
This second book in the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series: I thrill at the cadence of the language, the proper nouns that start with two unblendable consonants (there’s a word for this, but I’m blanking on it). The language helps me believe the African setting.
It seemed that not much happened in this book. I think perhaps it’s just this installment in the series; she’s newly engaged, and a lot of Tears of the Giraffe is spent with Ramotswe, and her fiance, coming to terms with this impending late-in-life melding of two lives.
I was distracted by how, mid-conversation, Mma Ramotswe would just start — and continue to completion, it seems — an internal dialogue tangential to the conversation she was having with another person. Somehow she was able to think several pages of thoughts between two short lines of flowing conversation.
What I said about the first book in the series, The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency: I’m loving the African setting! When I first picked it up, I was reading in my head in the cadence that it seems Africans have (the ones I met anyway, when I visited, although where I sojourned to was quite far from the book’s Botswana setting). A strong female lead!