First of all, for the sake of prelude, let me bring you along with me to some of the journeys (read; chapters) of the two private detective ladies in...moreFirst of all, for the sake of prelude, let me bring you along with me to some of the journeys (read; chapters) of the two private detective ladies in Botswana. Here are some out of their many pleasant and hilarious journeys. 1. Honesty, Tea, and Things in the Kitchen 2. Trousers and Pumpkins 3. Further Thought of Pumpkins 4. Tea Issues 5. An Encounter with A Bicycle 6. Further Details 7. A Tea Disaster and Worse
hover your mouse over the title to read more of the plot from wikipedia In the Company of Cheerful LadiesPlot summary
Mma Ramotswe and her new husband settle down to married life with their foster-children, but problems are piling up. At Mr J.L.B. Matekoni's own house, the tenant is running an illegal drinking den. Then Charlie, the apprentice, gets entangled with a wealthy married woman and quits his job after a row with Mma Makutsi. Help arrives in the person of Mr Polopetsi, whom Mma Ramotswe accidentally knocks off his bicycle with her van. He has been unemployed following a spell in prison after what appears to have been a miscarriage of justice, and Mma Ramotswe persudes her husband to employ him out of guilt and sympathy, but he proves an asset to the garage. He has tracking skills too, and when Mma Ramotswe's van is stolen after a breakdown, he finds it for her.
Mma Ramotswe's violent ex-husband Note Mokote reappears. She is frightened, having never obtained a divorce from him before marrying again. Note tries to blackmail her, but Mma Ramotswe discovers that he actually married her bigamously, so their marriage was invalid and she is legally married to Mr J.L.B Matekoni after all. Surrounded by her husband and friends at the garage, she finds the courage to dismiss Note and forgive him.
Mma Makutsi's love prospects improve when she starts dancing lessons and is partnered with another student, Mr Radiphuti. At first she tries to avoid him, as he is awkward and stammers, but he turns out to be a kind and gentle man with a good job in his father's business, and a romance begins. She removes some of Mma Ramotswe's burden of worry by solving an important fraud investigation on her own, and manoeuvring Charlie back to work. Mr Radiphuti's father enlists the help of Mma Ramotswe to put a proposal of marriage from his shy son to Mma Makutsi, and the two become engaged.
Publication date 2004 Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback), Audio (Cassette & CD)
Pages 231 pp (1st edition hardback) ISBN ISBN 1-904598-06-4
Preceded by The Full Cupboard of Life (2004)
Followed by Blue Shoes and Happiness (2006)
In the Company of Cheerful Ladies is the sixth in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series of novels by Alexander McCall Smith, set in Gaborone, Botswana, and featuring the Motswana protagonist Precious Ramotswe.
I don’t think you will lose the thread if you haven’t read the previous series yet; ya maybe a little bit, but that won’t affect to the joy of following the journey of “In the Company of Cheerful Ladies” It’s only a matter of being curious about certain things as they have been mentioned once in a blue moon.
How would you feel being in the company of cheerful ladies? How would you define “cheerful ladies”? what characters of ladies should have to be called as cheerful ladies? These were all just my inner monologue came up soon after I read the title. Then having read it my inner feelings about what cheerful ladies came up, and finally I gave my own judgment about them. My own judgment, which will undoubtedly be different from yours.
The story’s started simple, I already giggled only by reading the first chapter whilst imagining a vivid description of the comedy happen in a real life. A story of two private detective ladies who encounter quite many bewildered, funny, and sometimes silly circumstances that later lead them to some solved and remain unsolved issues ( At the end of the chapter- I am still left confused by certain things, which I prefer not to spoil here, though I get the suspicious suspects, yet it is a kind of open-ending, and Mr. Smith wisely decided to leave the answer of who the suspects are to me; the confused reader. After all, it’s a mystery – some are just too difficult to understand. In this case Mr. Smith is being secretive. Well done Mr. Smith; you hang me by a thread!)
The plot’s flowing easily as this is also supported by the strong characters; funny, resilient, childish, mean, silly ( too boring to list all- you’ve got to find this out, then perhaps you’ll help me add this.), so strong characters that the simple plot may give the effect of more than just a simple flat plot.
Perhaps this is the brilliant side of the story; you can retell precisely about each of the character in the story. The presence of Mr. Stammer –or that so I called, manages to en…en.. enlighten the sto… sto..story. His pre… pre.. pre.. presence may be less important, but I’d say he closes the ending ni…ni..nicely, and I close the book with a big smile on my face, and remember the quote I like from the book ( for the sake of my own enjoyment)" “Always keep your distance with your client; hugs and kisses never solved any cases, and never paid any bills.”
Cultural information ( or anyone can help?)
I soon began to realize that “Mma” followed by name, is term addressing women, while “Rra” followed by name, is term addressing men in Bostwana, tell me if I am wrong. The similarities between my own culture is ; we also use different terms to address older women, older men, those we know dearly, casually, or just people whom we don’t know.
A little bit for discussion: Hmm I am unsure how to pronounce “Mma” sometimes I pronounce it “Em-ma”, sometimes “Ma –ma” and sometimes just “Ma” with a bit stressed on the M.
I rarely rate novels 5 stars, yet this one deserves to get 5. A novel by Anita Shreve “Strange Fits of Passion” is so absorbing a story that you simpl...moreI rarely rate novels 5 stars, yet this one deserves to get 5. A novel by Anita Shreve “Strange Fits of Passion” is so absorbing a story that you simply can’t put the novel down until you finish reading it at one time. A story of a turbulent tragic story of domestic abuse. A woman who is sentenced to a life prison for a first degree murder she did for self-defense against her brutal husband. Unlike other novels that use a lot of “I” and seem to have only one character speaking and playing role the whole story, this novel is different and to tell you the truth the kind of writing she uses in this novel Strange Fits of Passion is new to me. Anita Shreve does not write her novel “Strange Fits of Passion” based on chapters of accidents, yet she writes the story as if you were reading memoirs or testimonials from people who are directly or indirectly related to the main character, so sometimes there are some flashbacks. It is not only ONE character who speaks, yet MORE than ONE. There is even the Reading Group Guide Inside; in this Guide, there are some questions about each character who testifies on Mary Amesbury alias Maureen English. The story might be just usual story, yet the way Anita Shreve tells it to the world make it unusual story and become an interesting story to read. To me, this is a really impressive style of writing that brings to an excellent story, a powerful portrait of truth and deception.
.Do you think that education plays important role in changing your fate?
2. Do you think that higher formal education is the only factor / the only key...more.Do you think that education plays important role in changing your fate?
2. Do you think that higher formal education is the only factor / the only key of someone's success?
3. What about your degree? does it matter much ? how does it affect your life especially when you are faced to some difficult issues?
4. How can someone's degree save oneself from being oppressed by a large group of people, who use the power to lock one's creativities?
Child of All Nations involves worldwide relationship in attempt to tell the truths, which are sometimes harmful if they are told publicly; to make the world take notice on the truths that some people are trying to hide in order to gain power; to be the number one nation in the world.
The longing of being treated the same as the other countries, having equal status with the other countries contribute to people’s mind ( especially those who were being oppressed)- this is what I call the need of all countries - being respected.
Personally, Child of All Nations teaches me about intercontinental relationship, loyalty, and true love and friendship. It sees historical facts from the objective side "Says it's false when it is, and it's wrong when it is"
As the story took place in 1890s in the Dutch East Indies era, Capital became the most powerful tool to gain the world's acknowledgment, I also think that Capital will be the most dangerous enemy that even could kill your humanity side. (Personal note; I do think Capital has important role even in this century)
After reading Child of All Nations; I do think experiences are always the best teacher- your degree, no matter how high it is would be just a degree written on a beautiful paper if one can't apply one's knowledge for his or her society.
I do think capital/money should be treated carefully.
I do think intercontinental relationship is beautiful.
So, the end today’s review, let me introduce you to some part of speeches represent the story ( in my opinion) 1. Loyalty – in the case of the international relationship told in the story 2. Objective – in the case of historical facts especially in the colonial era 3. Beautiful - how the story has a great ending ( even though some have to die)
About the Author : She is a journalist who has worked on newspapers and magazines in New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand. She holds a Master of Art d...moreAbout the Author : She is a journalist who has worked on newspapers and magazines in New Zealand, Australia, and Thailand. She holds a Master of Art degree in literary studies .The Occidentals is her first novel.
The brief synopsis taken from the book; The OccidentalsThe story begins in 1868, when English photographer Edward Fairburn ventures to Siam to photograph the mysterious land and its exotic people. Edward’s motive for his Far Eas sojourn, however, is not only adventure, but also to escape from the disappointments of his marriage to Charlottte, whom he has left in Australia with their young daughter Elizabeth. Mesmerized by the beauty of the Siamese women, Edward soon takes a mistress, Kesri- who gives birth to a daughter , Anchalee.. When Charlotte arrives unexpectedly in Siam with Elizabeth, she is distraught to discover both her husband’s affair and the fruit of his secret liaison.
A story of an ambitious girl ; A Siamese ( now Thai) who wants to get ahead in life so instantly that the only way out in her opinion is to become a mistress of a farang ( among Thais; it is to describe a European or other foreigner. The same case as in Indonesia, we use “Bule” to refer to any foreign people.) But wait! This isn’t merely about Siam and Siamese (Thailand and Thais ), but also other parts of the world. But I’d say this is about complicated intercontinental relationship( Eurasian relationship).. I am not saying “The Occidentals” is pure romance, it is not; it’s more than just a romance, which usually involves two or three people. Having finished reading the novel, I tried to figure out the family tree, and saw the connections among people involved in the story- well perhaps this is just a fun information I would like to share to you.
This story is rich of hatred, love or even unrequited love, friendship, betrayal, ambitions, loyalty, and secrecy which are mixed with either local customs or foreign ones. When two customs are blended into one roof, this often causes some endangered situations if neither of both sides want to talk openly. There are some broken English in the story as for that time ( 1865)only few Siamese could speak English; this is interesting as this really tells how the conditions of the people at that time. I would say this is also a vendetta against someone as revenge. The revenge that takes for more than 30 years to come to an end; Now can you imagine how many generations would be involved? How about incest as a part of being too selfish to reveal the secret of the past? One of the characters in the story, whom I think was the angel of mercy, spoke to me “No, I can’t tell the secret. I am under oath.”, and I responded sarcastically without uttering “Ugh!!!” The Phantom of the past that haunts the next generation’s life. The revenge that takes many people’s happiness. Who is the rotten apple in the story? Well, frankly speaking, I don’t think there is, I don’t want to spill the beans, but I’d say “Your Ego is your biggest enemy. Your ego could kill you yourself, even your descendant..”
Speaking of the plots, there are quite many flashbacks which make the story is indeed interesting. If life were only to eat and read, then certainly I would have finished this a quite-thick book in just about two days. The plots are moving, each page gives you so many tense schemes that you can’t wait to turn the next page, to know how the story’s going to end. This story could really make me in tears instantly, curse ( hehe yes, curse) directly. I even gasped and uttered “Oh ! My!” I was so immersed in the story that I could even really imagine how the plots would look like if ever the novel were made into a movie.
Speaking of the ending, I was very relieved how it ended; it was the “perfect” ending!. (nothing is really perfect), the “perfect” way to redeem. But all I am saying; the ending managed to make me hold my smile on my face for some time. Then I proudly returned the book to IALF by saying “Yes!!”
As always, let me introduce you to my friends, whom I call “Bunches of adjectives.” They are Ms. Surprising, Ms. Adamant, Mrs. Deceitful, and Mr. Loathsome (“Pak Mbencekno”-as I say the adjective in Javanese(less)
Some countries written on her travelogue : Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, Galapagos Islands, Indonesia ( Bali, Yogjakarta, Borneo, Irian Jaya-th...moreSome countries written on her travelogue : Mexico, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Israel, Galapagos Islands, Indonesia ( Bali, Yogjakarta, Borneo, Irian Jaya-the easternmost Indonesia) United States, Canada, Thailand.
The minute I read one page of this book, I was hooked!- I wanted to go on and on- If life were only to read! I might not want to put this aside until the last page.Truth to be told, I was attracted to read this book as Indonesia, my country was told there.One of her sayings written on her travelogue I can recall is that people love it when they hear about their countries.. Her writing about Indonesia arouse my curiosity.
There are of course a few other reasons why I decided to pick this book ; the first reason was because I put a great passion for traveling, meeting new people, tasting different kind of cuisines, and feeling the culture shocks. I love traveling, only that I often don't have time to travel, and often I think of the limited budget. I have lived in Indonesia since I was born. Let's say I have had a job since I was 23. That means I could have bunches of opportunities to explore my own country- but I can't at least not yet. Having read her book,which I prefer calling it as a travelogue really moves me. Not only does it tell about cultures, but also it tells how beautiful friendship is, how small the world actually is.
Her travelogue to some countries mentioned above is indeed so great experiences to read and probably to encounter that I felt like being drawn into her journeys, feeling what she feels. At times, she is capable of making me laugh because of what she had experienced in her journeys. For sure, tears welled up in my eyes when I read some of the tragedy happened in her journeys.I am not sure what I would do, how I would feel if I were in her positions dealing with some shocking events all by myself- no one helps me. All of sudden, you become a very self-sufficient person, because you have to
I remember a proverb " When you are in Rome, do like the Romans do." In my opinion, Rita does apply this when she meets people coming from different cultural background in different parts of the world she traveled to. As a result, it is the acceptance that you get from the people in a new country you travel to- a country that doesn't share the same language. And acceptance leads to a feeling-like-a-family relationship. In long run, it is an ever lasting friendship you will get; your life will be rewarded by a bliss.
Long before I finished reading her book, I thought to myself about serendipity. It seems to me that her life is full of serendipity. It seems to me that people come to her rather than she comes to people; maybe this happens because she wants to know people and it shows the way she acts, speaks. Please allow me to call this as "Laws of Attraction", I might be wrong. Having finished reading her book, I browsed the internet to know more about her; her life, passions, and point of view. And I smiled when I noticed she wrote something about Serendipity. I wrote about this serendipity things sometime ago, but sorry it is for contacts only.
In her journeys, Rita has met a lot of people, dealing with some Zapotecs, kwashiorkor children, some backpackers, complicated bureaucracy's and so on and so forth.
To top it off,if you are into more than just traveling ( exploring beautiful places) then, this book is a must-read book. This book is awesome, and I dare put five stars for Rita as she is a great storyteller as well. Go grab it! and prove it. If you love people coming from different cultures, speaking totally different languages than you do- you really have to read this book.
As always when I review on something, let me introduce you to the three adjectives describe the book; 1.Awesome 2.Touching 3.Surprising
Happy Reading fellows ! Lu2Ar To know more about Rita, go to her page with her magnetic articles there. (less)
This is a collection of fable which is good for both children and adults. The writer tries to bring oir mind to the imagination " what if I were a cri...moreThis is a collection of fable which is good for both children and adults. The writer tries to bring oir mind to the imagination " what if I were a cricket? a frog? a snake?" and other animals. Have you ever wondered what those animals think about you as a human? Have you evervwondered what they speak? If you say "yes", then go ahead and read this book! The stories are also full of moral values which can be good for bed-time stories for your children.(less)