Monday, April 8, 2013

G: Grace Makutsi

"There is a Dr. Leakey there. He is a very famous doctor of bones."
"Doctor of bones?" Mma Ramotwe was puzzled.
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"Yes," said Mma Makutsi. "He knows all about very old bones.
She held up a picture, printed across two pages. 
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"Is that Dr. Leakey?"
Mma Makutsi nodded. "Yes, Mma,"she said, "that is him. He is holding a skull which belonged to a very early person. This person lived a long time ago and is very late."

Grace Makutsi is the extremely competent secretary and assistant detective of the No.1.Ladies Detective Agency. Her face is adorned with extraordinary large glasses, she is equipped with a certificate from the Botswana Secretarial College endorsing her 97 percent in the final examination and she loves shoes. She lends another subtle shade of humor to this most delightful series by another one of my favorite authors, Alexander McCall Smith.

So much as I loved the main character Mma Ramotswe, the No.1 Lady Detective in the Agency, I enjoyed the character of Grace even better. Plus something about her love for shoes resonated in me. Sigh.

That and her absolute random logic. Like when she helped the apprentices of the Tlokweng Road Speedy Motors get a customer's car working, with an easy jump start, an impressed Mma Ramotswe asks:

"Do you know much about cars?
"Not very much," answered Mma Makutsi. "But I am good with typewriters, and one machine is very much like another don't you think?"

Delicious.

14 comments:

  1. Ha, cars and typewriters. LOL

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    1. I was thinking exactly the same thing

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    2. Shelly, Ida, Isnt it hilarious?! Thank you for stopping by.

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  2. I love Mma makutsi! Wasn't that she who scored 90% in her typing exam? :)

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    1. Actually it was 97% in her final examination. :)

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  3. I really should read this series. Heard so many good things about it so far...

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    1. Its really lovely, Alexander McCallSmith is a fantastic author. I liked his Isabelle Dalhousie series as well. And also Professor Dr. von Igelfeld...hilarious!
      Thanks for stopping by, Misha!

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  4. I think my "to read" list is going to expand in April.

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    1. Tim, his characters are all so enjoyable!

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  5. Never heard of this series - very cool.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kimberly! Hope you get to read the series!

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  6. I've heard such amazing things about the series but never saw it.
    You've made me really REALLY want to now ;)

    auntyamo
    http://ficticiousamo.wordpress.com/

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    1. Thank you, ficticiousamo for stopping by! Actually HBO did a TV series based on the books, which was quite well done too. It was a fun watch.

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  7. I am sure that The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is going to be my next read. Thank you, Sangita, for introducing me to Alexander McCall Smith's writing!Will read and report back.

    Hugs!!

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