Det finns knappast någon mysigare och varmare att läsa än Alexander McCall Smiths romaner om Mma Ramotswe och Damernas detektivbyrå i Botswana. Tiden stannar av. Tillsammans med Mma Ramotse ser man naturens skönhet, funderar lugnt och sakta på livets mening och människoöden. Man ser godhet i allt och alla, man förundras, man observerar och reflekterar, man lär sig. Man njuter av pajer och tar in sig dofter av en middag som sakta tillagas på spisen eller av Rooibos te som har just hällts in i en kopp. Och så löser man mysterier på köpet.
Här kommer några citat som smakprov:
“It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for going on. Pumpkin.”
“…how sorry she felt for white people, who couldn’t do any of this (sit talking with friends and growing melons) and who were always dashing around and worrying themselves over things that were going to happen anyway. What use was it having all the money if you could never sit still or just watch your cattle, and yet they did not know it. Every so often you met a white person who understood, who realized how things really were; but these people were few and far between and the other white people often treated them with suspicion. ”
“The problem, of course, was that people did not seem to understand the difference between right and wrong. They needed to be reminded about this, because if you left it to them to work out for themselves, they would never bother. They would just find out what was best for them, and then they would call that the right thing. That’s how most people thought.”
“You can go through life and make new friends every year—every month practically—but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel.”
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