How to Raise An Elephant

How to Raise An Elephant

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Precious Ramotswe loves her dependable old van. Yes, it sometimes takes a bit longer to get going now, and it has developed some quirks over the years, but it has always gotten the job done. This time, though, the world--and Charlie--may be asking too much of it, for when he borrows the beloved vehicle, he returns it damaged. And, to make matters worse, the interior seems to have acquired an earthy smell that even Precious can't identify.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf, 2020
ISBN: 9780735281165
Characteristics: 242 p. ; 24 cm

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pokano
Jan 09, 2021

The characters are just as wonderful as ever, but there was something about this book that wasn't quite as good as its predecessors. I think the plots weren't as well thought out as before.

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dgesin
Jan 03, 2021

I first stumbled across Alexander Mccall Smith's wonderful No 1 Ladies series 20 years ago in a tiny bookstore in Boston. I always find myself incredibly inspired by any of his works, but this latest installation touched my heart with its many acts of generosity and kindness....how lucky we are that he is a prolific and generous author.
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maipenrai
Jan 01, 2021

I have loved the No. 1 Ladies' Detective agency from the very first book. I was a little disappointed with this volume because there was not much of a mystery to solve and too much Mma Grace Makutsi and not enough Mma Precious Ramotswe. Still love the characters and the vicissitudes of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and Precious' husband Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. If you possibly have the option, listen to this series for the great Botswana dialect. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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brangwinn
Nov 24, 2020

As always, the 21st book in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency novel, Smith returns his readers to the slower pace of Mma Ramotse’s Botswana. A minimum of detective work solves the two mysteries. A distant cousin is suspected of lying to get money from Mma Ramotse and a baby elephant found by Charlie is eventually sent to an elephant sanctuary. But its not the mysteries that readers return to solve, it is the interaction between the characters. Like all good series, readers must begin at the beginning to fully appreciate the characters and understand the importance of fat cakes and bush tea.

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maipenrai
Mar 13, 2020

I have loved the No. 1 Ladies' Detective agency from the very first book. I was a little disappointed with this volume because there was not much of a mystery to solve and too much Mma Grace Makutsi and not enough Mma Precious Ramotswe. Still love the characters and the vicissitudes of Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors and Precious' husband Mr J. L. B. Matekoni. If you possibly have the option, listen to this series for the great Botswana dialect. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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