My ugly and pedestrian reason for resisting these lauded books was, Africa? I don’t really like books about Africa. Won’t they be depressing? And what does that weird old Scottish guy on the back cover know about Africa anyway?
The series sensitively and acutely examines the universal human condition while also making the reader care very much about Africa. The character of Precious Ramotswe, traditionally built crimesolver and ethicist, is a gift to the entire world. My xenophobia only hurt myself by keeping me from these books, by turns soothing, thoughtful, and dramatic. Read them, or as I did, listen to them in the car or lying on your living room floor. Lisette Lecat voices all the characters pitch perfectly.