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This review is from: When Hoopoes Go to Heaven (Paperback)
This was a joyful read. The dialogue is perfect and shows a very fine appreciation for the modes of speech in the region - it would have been possible to tell that Gogo Levine was South African from the "Ag"s and "Hey"s even if it wasn't stated. The characters are very likeable and Benedict is developing into a great little personality. I especially enjoyed his confusion between being indentured and requiring dentures.
In terms of parallels between the books of Gaile Parkin and Alexander McCall Smith, I think it is more the wonderful characterization of Africans than the actual books themselves. Anyone who has been to either Botswana or Swaziland can see both countries, and the love of the authors for them, shining on the pages.