The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

The Saturday Big Tent Wedding Party

[the New No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Novel]

Book - 2011
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The twelfth installment in the beloved, bestselling series is once again a beautiful blend of wit and wisdom, and a profoundly touching tale of the human heart.

Precious Ramotswe is haunted by a dream in which she is driving her dear old white van. Grace Makutsi dreams that her 97 percent on the Botswana Secretarial College exam was a mistake. When Mma Ramotswe discovers that her van is actually still in use (and, of course, sets out to retrieve it), Mma Makutsi wonders whether her dream will turn out to be prophetic as well.

They can only wait and see, but, in the meantime, one of Phuti Radiphuti's apprentices has gotten a girl pregnant and, under pressure to marry her, has run away. Naturally, it is up to Precious and Grace to help the couple work things out. In other developments, Mma Ramotswe investigates a case of rural jealousy in which cattle are being poisoned. Add to the mix Violet Sephotho's newly begun, already unstoppable run for the Botswana Parliament and the possibility that wedding bells may finally ring for Phuti Radiphuti and Grace Makutsi -- whose love for each other is as great as their love for Botswana -- and we have a charming and delightful tale from the inimitable Alexander McCall Smith.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, c2011
ISBN: 9780307398260
9780307472984
Branch Call Number: MCCA
Characteristics: 213 p. ; 25 cm

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Mothercat
Jul 14, 2014

Yet again this author has charmed me with his delightful descriptions and whimsical recounting of life in the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency!

sharonb122 Aug 04, 2012

Twice while I was trying to fill in the stars to reach a 4-star rating, somehow the system registered my one or two stars--fustrating! I enjoyed this book as much as the the others in the series. They are a delightful interlude between more serious books and serious life. This time I particularly enjoyed the character develpment of Charlie. Yes, he is know for being immature in several ways. By the end of this book, it was nice to see that he does have a tender heart that showed in a couple of ways.

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dritta
Jul 17, 2012

The No. 1 Ladies never disappoint!

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Bjreader
Jun 14, 2012

Another in the No 1 Ladies Detective series; and as delightful, humorous, very human and poignant as the others.

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biancamoyo
Jun 12, 2012

Wow this book has kept me reading and laughing. It evokes such profound nostalgia of the beauty of the people of Africa. I love and miss Africa and the spirit of ubuntu among people. This is a beautiful novel depicting everyday issues in Botswana

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Gabegal360
Mar 02, 2012

Not quite as entertaining as other books in this wonderful series, but still very enjoyable.

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Liber_vermis
Nov 12, 2011

This book is the twelfth in the No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series and it shows. About one-third of the content is idle wandering from the thin thread of the main events. This waste should have been edited out. There is little new character development. One can imagine the themes are familiar from BBC soap operas and put into an African context simply to add an exotic element. There are many serious and unique issues in contemporary Africa that Smith could have in his books but he seems to avoid them. Why do I keep reading these saccharine books?

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22950009541673
Oct 29, 2011

As usual, all the problems were solved, most of them just by Precious Ramotswe talking and listening to people, some of whom then acted. (Not necessrarily those causing the problem.) Now I am waiting for the next volume, to see if the proposed solution to the woman seeking election for prestige actually works. Assuming the next volume will even mention it.

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kmoyer
Oct 24, 2011

Having recently viewed the well-produced HBO series chronicling Mma Ramotswe’s early cases, I found it even easier to get engaged in this latest installment of the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Although some of the main characters were not exactly as I had imagined them, I felt they all were quite accurate representations and seeing the environment of Botswana, both city and rural, helps put the stories in perspective. In this novel, I particularly like the way the main case unfolds, because it provides a slightly different twist. Even though several plausible hypothesis can be deducted, the actual truth of what happened and why remains a bit of a mystery, even when the situation itself is resolved satisfactorily. Also, glad to read that Mma Ramotswe is reunited with her trusted ally, the little white van she drove to Gabarone in to start her new life and the catalyst for her initial meeting with JLB Matekoni.

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baylife
Aug 09, 2011

Delightful light reading as always with the No 1 Ladies Detective Agency

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