Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Quotes from and Quotes on "The Minor Adjustment Beauty Salon"

Goodness shining through…
Mma Ramotswe: Everything is too complicated these days, Mr. J. L. B. Matekoni. Everything is made to be thrown away rather than fixed.  It is all very wasteful. (warming to her theme)  When I think of what we made do with in the past, it makes me very sad.  If you found a hole in a sock, you darned it. If the handle came off a cup, you glued it back on.

Mr J.L.B. Matekoni: Yes. You never threw things away.  Nowadays, if something goes wrong, you throw it out of the window, just like that.

Mma Ramotswe: And people too. If you suddenly decide you don’t like somebody, you throw them out of the window too.

It’s such a comfortable book. You warm to the characters as Mma Ramotswe warms to her theme. And the author in his turns of phrase (someone who has died is "late") and in his naming Mr J.L.B. Matekoni...

Reviewing the book on Goodreads, Jill Furedy wrote, “These books just make me happy…There are good and kind people who try to conduct themselves respectfully and honorably…These are not who-dun-its, but quiet stories, with an appreciation of life, love, family, and beauty."

A reader like me finds himself (or herself, to be “modern”) agreeing with what both the characters and reviewers say.

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