bobby1933 (bobby1933) wrote,

Hospital, Day 8

Today was another quiet, slow day.  Her lunch and dinner were tasteless and she ate relatively little of either meal.  Although it was Sunday, she did get some physical therapy (Yay!).  Progress is slow but the therapist seems satisfied and so does she.  We hold hands and watch television; or she sleeps  while i  read.

I promised myself that after i retired, i would read novels.  That was thirteen years ago and i've maybe read six or ten.  I could not name most of them, off hand.  There were a couple by Margaret Coel that i  liked, two by James D. Vos, one by Michael Connelly.  One that i  do remember was The Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency, featuring Mma Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's only fictional female private detective.  The author, Alexander McCall Smith, an Affrica born Scot  who helped found the University of Botswana and is an expert on Forensic medicine and Botswana criminal law.  He loves Africa (or at least his  characters do) a learning a few facts about traditional African cultures and a lot of appreciation for Africa and its peoples is one of the rewards of reading his book.  I fell in love with Mma Ramotswe and her friends, even to the point of watchin some of the awful television series based on the book.  The only book that intrigued me in the hospital library was the second in the series of thirteen book, Tears of the Giraffe.

I would describe this as "young adult fiction" if it were not that the main characters all seem to be in  their forties and  fifties.  It is a sweet book, the people are nice, down to earth, simple folk; neither of the two main characters have demanding egos, they have definite ethical and moral standards which they pretty much stick to.  I doubt that i will learn anything about what Mma Ramotswe and her fiance do in bed (if they indeed will share a bed before their wedding.)  Short on sex and violence, the book is very funny, well written and very smooth reading.  I saw the plot in one of the TV shows, so i sort of know how it ends, but that will not prevent me from reading to the end with great enjoyment and going on to book number 3.
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