8 de noviembre de 2010

THE No.1 LADIES´ DETECTIVE AGENCY

The students of Intermediate 1 are going to read this novel during the year 2010-2011. The writer, Alexander McCall Smith´s, tells the story of the delightful Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives". We hope you enjoy reading it and post your comments.

33 comentarios:

Cristina dijo...

Hello everybody,we´ve read three chapters so far and it´s time you started posting your comments.Don´t be afraid of making mistakes, you´ll improve you writing skills if you use this blog regularly.

How do you like the novel so far?

What do you think of the life in Africa as described in the novel?

marta dijo...

I like it a lot!
When I started to read about the dad history I can't stop reading. It is so gripping!!

I think life in Africa is so hard but the people likes happy

Lidia dijo...

Hello.
I like it, is entertaining and fun.

In the first lines of the novel, I think that refer to a film that tell another a story of Africa (Out of Africa).

Cristina dijo...

Marta, I´m glad you like it.You´ll see there are many stories as exciting as the one about the daddy.The life depicted in the novel seems to be hard but as you say the people look happy, especially the protagonist.
Remember..I COULDN´T stop reading..
.....the people LOOK happy...

Cristina dijo...

Lidia, perhaps the beginning reminded you of the film Out of Africa because the descriptions of the landscape are similar, the trees, the places...But the characters are very different,in this novel they seem real.
Remember...a film that tellS....

juan dijo...

Mma Ramotswe is a very interesting person who show us the difference between the life in Africa and Europe
I think the africans customs today are like the Spain customs fifty years ago

Anónimo dijo...

ROSITA

Question 1.

If I were you I would choose a novel which tells us cherful stories.
Africa remembers me a black tall President from there named Teodoro Obian who liked eating people.

Question 2.
Africa is a Country with many bad tribes living there. Botswana is the best race. Colour doesn´t mind for them. God made them and they love themselves.
Taking out Diamonds can be as hard as taking out Coal. Many people complain for good jobs. other complain for not having any job.
Mma Ramotswe is an honest detective. She waives her fee if she couldn´t solve the case.

Plenty of people went to work abroad lightweight of luggage, loaded with great wishes without losing illusion, saving all their money for their family. OBEY is not the only one. He loves his family being loyal with himself. Mama Ramotswe had difficulties in opening her business but she owned father´s money to pay for it. She used to be brave. At the moment, she is fortunate because she does what she likes to.

José ( F-I ) dijo...

Hello,Cristina. Hello,everyone.
I just saw the trailer for the television series based on the book we are reading now and produced by BBC and HBO (quality assurance) and seems very well done.
I had a great surprise to discover that the lead actress, who plays Mm.Ramotswe is the great singer of SOUL and R&B, Jill Scott, one of my favorite singers (in the style of Erikah Badu) and in order that it's not said that I lie....here are two great videos :

LINK DE JILL SCOTT : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0zsoxNRGzC8

LINK DE JILL SCOTT & GEORGE BENSON :
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCaPno7QChY

carlos dijo...

Hi everyone!I´ve search for a web where we could see the book´s chapters. I found in Seriesyonkis.com four chapters that you can see if you want. And I also found a link that allow downdload the serial but I don´t know how do it. if somebody know and want download, i suposse we´re grateful. sorry for my mistakes, but I try to be a "bloggerboy".
The link for download is: http://www.monova.org/details/3855504/The%20No%201%20Ladies%20Detective%20Agency%20-%20S01%20to%2005%20-%20Audio%20Drama%20-%20MP3.html?lang=es&id=3855504

Cristina dijo...

Juan,it´s true that some of the customs and traditions in Africa today are similar to the Spanish ones in the fifties, the problem is that some of them have remained and we don´t know when we´ll get rid of them.
Remember...who showS....

marta dijo...

Hello!
I have just finnish the chapter four... It's so sad!
What do you think about sexim in Africa?
I don't think this is like Spain on 50's, in Africa this is a big problem

Cristina dijo...

José, thanks again for the episode you downloaded from the internet, I haven´t watched it yet but I think that we can show it in class one Friday.I had no idea that the actress was a famous singer,I´ll try to see the videos.

Cristina dijo...

Carlos,one student in group F (José) has managed to download episodes from the series of the BBC but I don´t know how,the quality of the image is quite good and the sound is OK, perhaps he can tell you how to do it from this blog.
Remember...I have searchED..
...somebody knowS and wantS

Cristina dijo...

Rosita, which is your group?Please, don´t forget to say which group you belong to.
I agree with you that the novel is sometimes sad, but there are other more cheerful chapters, anyway, that´s life, in all countries there are happy and unhappy situations. It´s true that the life in Africa is harder than in other parts of the world and Obed had a hard time trying to get a living, but he also had a reward with such a loving daughter as Precious Ramotswe.
Remember..Africa REMINDS me of a ..

Cristina dijo...

Marta, which is your group? Please, identify yourselves when you post a comment.
You´re right, chapter 4 is terribly sad, I didn´t enjoy reading it as it´s very hard to think that these things happen in real life as well.I´m a bit coward and I usually prefer reading about the pleasant side of life.
As for the situation in Africa, I also think that it is much worse than in Spain in the 50s, the problem is that in spite of the modernization of their way of life in some areas, in most parts they´re still centuries behind.
Remember...I have just finishED..

Cristina dijo...

José, I´ve just been watching the video about Jill Scott and George Benson and it´s awesome!! I enjoyed it a lot, I had forgotten how terrific George Benson is, he was my favourite and listening to him brought me some good memories of my life in London.As for Jill Scott,I think she´s got a fantastic voice, I liked this version of summmer time.
If you like this kind of music don´t miss it!

Anónimo dijo...

Hello!
I really like this book, I was afraid at the beginning beacuse I thought that I wouldn't understand nothing. And I like read it!
I'm very surprised about the part of the chapter we read today, poor Precious.

Verónica 1-F

Anónimo dijo...

ROSITA

Sorry for my mistake.

The right name of the President who liked eating people is IDI AMIN and not Teodoro Obian.
I think he could come and kill me for accusing him have done this awful thing.

Please, excuse me Dear Teodoro.

Cristina dijo...

Verónica,I´m glad you like the book, you see it´s not so difficult to follow the story and as I´ve told you in class you don´t need to know all the words, besides you have the list of vocabulary of the other students.
The chapter we read yesterday was tremendously sad,especially as it was International Day for mistreated women and everybody was talking of tragedies which have taken place in Spain and in other countries, which made us realise that what happened to Mma Ramotswe in the novel is not only fiction.
Remember...I would´t understand ANYthing..
...I like READING....

José Manuel 1 C dijo...

The other day I was very surprised with Precious' behaviour when she decided to accept the marriage with the musician. I think the author has drawn very good the nature of Mma Ramotswe, and I didn't expect she to married him. So, I felt very hungry with her. But I'm glad with my feelings, because I think wheter I feel some things reading the book, that's because it is very good written and the story is well narrated.

Cristina dijo...

José Manuel,I also found Mma Ramotswe reaction surprising, but as we commented in class what mistreated women feel is difficult to understand, especially in this case as it was the first experience for the protagonist.
It´s good to see that you are moved by the book, as you say because it´s well written but it also means that you are a sensitive person and enjoy reading a good book.
Remember..has drawn very WELL...
...didn´t expect HER to MARRY
...very WELL written

Anónimo dijo...

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José Manuel 1 C dijo...

Repeat the comment, please, there is a problem with the type of the words!!!

Anónimo dijo...

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Anónimo dijo...

José (F-I)
Hi,
....I think there are many confused people around here...
.....
...welcome to Russian people too.

Добро пожаловать

Cristina dijo...

Who are these "anónimos"? Please identify yourselves so that we may know who is who, and make sure you´re posting your comments to the right thread.

As for chapter six, what do you think might have happened to the boy? Do you expect a happy end? If you´ve got so far, please don´t disclose it,we´ll see in due time if Mma Ramotswe is capable of solving the mistery.

Anónimo dijo...

I need to hear what Mollie has to say with this!?

Anónimo dijo...

ROSITA
The boy used to live in an awful place. Things like this one can happen anywhere but in Africa is by sure. The heartless men took this unaware boy easily. Many of legends about disappeared people by tribes have been heard.
While driving, the men told to the boy one tale about calves to get him be quiet and scared. He was getting astonished of hearing as one calf had been eaten by a lion and he has come back now singing some songs. The boy is trying to get rid of the kidnappers. I am afraid he couldn´t to.
I wanted the chapter ends in concluding. Indeed, I wished so but I can not expect a happy end because they are ones evil men and the poor boy was kidnapped without no witness. Solving out this case it will take Mma Ramotwe long time. I think that it will never be discovered by anybody.

Anónimo dijo...

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