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The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 4)

The Kalahari Typing School for Men (No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Alexander Mccall Smith
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Mma Ramotswe's methods - and her results - are as unusual as the novels they inhabit ... All this activity is much less about whodunnit than why (NEW YORK TIMES)

McCall Smith is a careful, emblematic writer who is beyond gifted, he is a natural storyteller. McCall Smith has once again charmed the sarongs off us (THE LIST)

The hypnotic ease of McCall Smith's style makes everything clear almost instantly... Throughout the Botswana landscape is richly evoked. Happiness and quiet wisdom prevail. (DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Mma Ramotswe is a glorious creation, a character likely to prove every bit as enduring as Miss Marple or Hercule Poirot. (MAIL ON SUNDAY)

Book Description

In this fourth volume of the bestselling series - The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, the ever-popular Precious Ramotswe - Botswana's leading, and only, female private detective - faces a new and unwanted problem: competition.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 341 KB
  • Print Length: 204 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 140003180X
  • Publisher: Abacus; New Ed edition (2 Oct 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002TXZT7K
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #8,665 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Following a distinguished career as a Professor of Medical Law, Alexander McCall Smith has turned to writing full-time. He is the author of over sixty books on a wide array of subjects, and his books have been translated into forty-two languages. He lives in Edinburgh with his wife.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Mma Precious Ramotswe, proprietor of the #1 Ladies Detective Agency in Gaborone, is a much-respected, traditional woman (of "traditional size") who honors the customs of Botswana and tries to solve problems for her clients the "traditional" way--through her broad network of friends and family with whom she can sit down, drink bush tea, and "talk about very small things," as she searches for clues. She is a warm and happy woman of good sense, and her detective agency is a huge success because of her discretion and care for her clients' feelings.
In this novel, full of gentle humor and wisdom, Mma Ramotswe deals with two clients, one of whom committed a minor crime many years ago and for which he now wants to make amends, and one of whom is worried about a philandering husband. Both cases require the utmost in tact and sensitivity. Mma Ramotswe is also concerned with some personal matters. A rival detective agency, run by an aggressive man, opens an office in Gaborone to great fanfare, and he publicly demeans the #1 Ladies Detective Agency in a news feature. Mma Ramotswe's fiancé, Mr. J. L. B. Matakone still has not set a wedding date, though he clearly loves her, and one of the young orphans she and Mr. J. L. B. Matakone are mentoring, begins to have serious behavior problems. In addition, Mma Makutsi, Mma Ramotswe's assistant, who is barely making ends meet with her current jobs, decides to open a typing school for men after work. Mma Makutsi soon falls in love with one of her students, someone Mma Ramotswe finds inappropriate.
Domestic issues and human relationships, rather than exciting plot lines, keep the focus on the characters--beautifully drawn, sometimes flawed, and always forgiven their faults.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This is another book in the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency series - the series that puts a smile on your face and makes you wish that we could go back to the simple life.
Mma Ramotswe and Mma Rakusi continue to show that unique outlook on life and problem solving that made the series such a joy to read. Maybe the only criticism I have is that Mma Ramotswe's impending wedding is taking a little too long, and her poor fiancee just doesn't have the mental strength of Mma.
Although the story line isn't quite as captivating as the first book, it is still a wonderful read.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tales of Karmic Debts and Spiritual Healing 1 Jun 2004
The Kalahari Typing School for Men continues as the fourth installment in the fine series about Botswana's first lady detective, Mma. Precious Ramotswe, which was begun in The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency and followed by Tears of the Giraffe and Morality for Beautiful Girls. Alexander McCall Smith does a fine job of providing the background from the first three novels in the opening of this one, and the book is almost as stand-alone as The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. The Kalahari Typing School for Men continues several themes in the prior books including the superiority of women over men, the importance of being organized and diligent, following your heart and spirit to do the right thing . . . in the right way, and intriguing questions about what is moral behavior in complex situations.
The book continues its humorous backdrop as Precious finds herself up against an experienced male competitor who opens the Satisfaction Guaranteed Detective Agency. The competitor proves to be very annoying to Precious, and she struggles to maintain her optimism in the face of this new trial.
With Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni back working energetically at Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors, Mma. Makutsi finds herself dissatisfied. She's really operating as a secretary to both companies rather than as an assistant detective and acting manager, as she had done before. When a new client shows up and insists on speaking with Precious alone, Mma. Makutsi's unhappiness grows. But she shakes herself off, and finds a new opportunity in establishing The Kalahari Typing School for Men, the most unique educational establishment you will probably ever read about.
Precious deals with two client cases . . . neither of which is really a mystery in the normal literary sense.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect read 24 July 2002
By Fran
Every bit as enjoyable as the previous Mma Precious Ramotswe tales, The Kalahari School of Typing for Men deals equally well with love, life, private investigation and personal revelation. Alexander McCall-Smith is the only male author I read, which should give you some idea as to why I enjoy his work so much. He combines empathy for his characters with a dry sense of humour - I laughed out loud several times. A natural story-teller, McCall-Smith endears every character to his reader; they may live in Botswana but these are people we all know. It's a rare writer who makes every word count - McCall-Smith never disappoints.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Wonderful Book in the Series 3 May 2004
Even though this book is the fourth in the series about the No. 1 Ladies' Detection Agency, it could easily be picked up and read, not having read the previous three books. The reason is that the author starts the book by giving a good summary, in several pages, of the most important points of the previous books. As good as each book in the series has been, it seems as if every new book is even better!
This book imparts the wisdom of experience through the characters. I actually cried with the characters when they cried. This book finds Precious Ramotswe still unmarried, and Mma Makutsi starting a typing school, and with a boyfriend. The cases taken on are as interesting as always, and their resolutions impart wisdom to the reader. This book left me immediately eager to pick up the fifth book in the series.
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Bought the book as part of the series. Very enjoyable, and in great condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Never fails
Love these books xxx they are warm,funny and simple stories of life ,love ,justice and compassion.never fails to entertain .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Such fun!
I have read this and other books in the series many many times. They never fail to make me laugh!
Published 5 months ago by Jan Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Love these books
Brilliant books, by a fantastic author. I couldn't recommend them more highly. They're an easy read and leave you wanting more, a must read!
Published 5 months ago by Zed
4.0 out of 5 stars My latest purchase in this series
As usual I really enjoyed the read as I have mentioned in previous reviews due to the really gentle pace and natture of the characters involved.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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The Kalahari Typing School for Men is an extremely interesting story. McCall's great concept and an outstanding execution came up with a story like this that deserves all the... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Peter Jones
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This book is really good and the descriptions are excellent, I love the characters. I thought there was some excellent parts to the book, although it sometimes 'lost the plot'. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Issywillow
4.0 out of 5 stars My ratings for The kalahari Typing School for Men:
Very easy read,albeit well written and sophisticated, the perfect travel book. It's very funny, quite moving at times and refreshingly
candid without being patronising. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Mrs E Abrahams
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Sins, thought Mma Ramotswe, are darker and more powerful when con-templated within confining walls. Out in the open, under such a sky as this, misdeeds were reduced to their natural proportions – small, mean things that could be faced quite openly, sorted, and folded away. &quote;
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