How to Raise An Elephant

How to Raise An Elephant

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"The next book in the perennially adored No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series sees Precious Ramotswe calling upon all her maternal instincts when she's faced with a two-ton case. They say it takes a village to raise a child, but can Mma Ramotswe and the rest of the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency come together to raise a pipsqueak pachyderm? We may find out in this novel. We may not. Who can say?"-- Provided by publisher.
Precious Ramotswe loves her dependable old van. When Charlie 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. Meanwhile a distant relative, Blessing, asks for help with an ailing cousin. The help requested is of a distinctly pecuniary nature, which makes both Mr. J.L.B. Matekoni and Mma Makutsi suspicious. And there is no peace at home, either, as the new neighbors are airing their marital grievances rather loudly. -- adapted from jacket
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 2020.
Edition: First United States edition.
Copyright Date: ©2020
ISBN: 9781524749361
Characteristics: 242 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jun 11, 2021

Easy read, like taking tea with the characters. Pleasant enough but nothing really happens. Obsessive, gossipy interest in a character we don't meet, Violet. Signs that the author is out of ideas.

May 25, 2021

I loved this series from the very first one I read. I will miss these characters as I'm not sure if there will be another. 21 books in this series and I loved everyone of them.

Apr 02, 2021


Mar 20, 2021

Consistent with others in this series. By the time the author explains characters and back stories it is very redundant and new story is small portion of book. Love the characters though so taking a break in between these books is a good idea.

Feb 25, 2021

A nice story, but far too much dialogue for my taste. This book is nearly all dialogue. The characters are great!

Feb 14, 2021

An elephant is raised with love, as with so many things in our life.

Charlie finds himself in the care of a baby elephant. His coworkers join together to solve the problem and all is well. Mma Ramotswe learns that her judgment isn't always right when a cousin comes to her asking for financial help for a hip operation.

The author expanded a bit too much with his characters' musings, but it's otherwise an enjoyable read.

Jan 25, 2021

The first page of Mma Ramotswe's most recent chronicle describes a day in which something might happen, but probably will not. On the contrary, one central plotline here looms quite large! In addition, we get a chance to see some of the beloved characters develop - both Charlie and Fanwell showing hints of overdue maturity, and a wonderful moment of grace and softening on the part of Mma Makutsi.

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.

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 lucky we are that he is a prolific and generous author.

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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