My rating: 5 of 5 stars
The delight continues – just when I thought there was nothing McCall Smith could do to evoke Africa any better than he already has!
This series is like a fantasy set on a different world, where everything is a metaphor for something in our own world – sometimes events and reactions appear dramatic, over-simplified, even sexist; but they are always Africa. The ‘government man’ is a prime example – we never know his name, or very much about him, but his very moniker tells us so much about the people around him, their differences and perceptions.
As my relationship with the characters develops further, I’m finding a hidden level of deadpan humour: the simplistic, innocent, honest portrayals put me in mind of The Gods Must Be Crazy.
This is a lovely series: easy to read, subtly thought-provoking, and above all, fun.