Las lágrimas de la jirafa: La 1 detective de Botsuana (Tears of the Giraffe)

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Cuando mma Ramotswe repasa sus cuentas a final de año, descubre que no se está haciendo rica, pero tampoco ha perdido dinero; ha tenido suerte y ha estado muy ocupada; una situación bastante parecida a su idea de la felicidad.

La fama de su agencia de detectives ha llegado a oídos de la embajada de Estados Unidos que la recomienda a una de sus ciudadanas: la señora Curtain, cuyo hijo desapareció en el desierto de Kalahari, hace más de diez años. Michael Curtain trabajaba en la ...

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Overview

Cuando mma Ramotswe repasa sus cuentas a final de año, descubre que no se está haciendo rica, pero tampoco ha perdido dinero; ha tenido suerte y ha estado muy ocupada; una situación bastante parecida a su idea de la felicidad.

La fama de su agencia de detectives ha llegado a oídos de la embajada de Estados Unidos que la recomienda a una de sus ciudadanas: la señora Curtain, cuyo hijo desapareció en el desierto de Kalahari, hace más de diez años. Michael Curtain trabajaba en la mejora de la agricultura en el árido suelo africano, cuando se esfumó sin dejar rastro. A pesar de las dificultades y del tiempo transcurrido, mma Ramotswe acepta el caso, porque sabe muy bien lo que significa perder a un hijo.

La solidaridad, la complicidad y la comprensión entre Precious Ramotswe y la señora Curtain es muy similar a la que se produce entre su prometido, J.L.B Matekoni, un hombre honrado y cariñoso, y dos niños del orfanato local a los que Matekoni siente el irreflenable deseo de proteger.

Mma Ramotswe, la dueña de la primera agencia femenina de detectives de Botsuana, no s&ocute;lo tendrá un negocio y un marido, sino una familia completa de quien ocuparse. Al fin y al cabo, en Africa todos somos hermanos y hermanas, y ese es el mensaje de esta emocionante novela que ofrece mucho más que la mera solución de un misterio de la mano de un personaje que ha cautivado a millones de lectores en todo el mundo.

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What People Are Saying

Los Angeles Times
Ocurrentes y tiernas, las páginas de esta novela nos divierten, nos sorprenden y nos llegan al corazón, todo al mismo tiempo
Times Literary Supplement
Precious Ramotswe es la Miss Marple de Botsuana.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788466321938
  • Publisher: Santillana USA Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 12/30/2009
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Series , #2
  • Edition description: Spanish Language Edition
  • Pages: 245
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Alexander McCall Smith
Alexander McCall Smith
Law professor Alexander McCall Smith had already written more than 50 books before inventing the heroine for his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series: Precious Ramotswe, the only female P.I. in Botswana. The books are as unconventional as their good-humored heroine, who relies on common sense -- and a few tidbits gleaned from Agatha Christie -- to solve her cases.

Biography

Alexander McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) and went to school in Bulawayo, near the Botswana border. Although he moved to Scotland to attend college and eventually settled in Edinburgh, he always felt drawn to southern Africa and taught law for a while at the University of Botswana. He has written a book on the criminal law of Botswana, and among his successful children's books is a collection of African folk tales, Children of Wax.

Eventually, Smith had an urge to write a novel about a woman who would embody the qualities he admired in the people of Botswana, and the result, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, was a surprise hit, receiving two special Booker citations and a place on the Times Literary Supplement's International Books of the Year and the Millennium list. "The author's prose has the merits of simplicity, euphony and precision," Anthony Daniels wrote in the Sunday Telegraph. "His descriptions leave one as if standing in the Botswanan landscape. This is art that conceals art. I haven't read anything with such unalloyed pleasure for a long time."

Despite the book's success in the U.K., American publishers were slow to take an interest, and by the time The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency was picked up by Pantheon Books, Smith had already written two sequels. The books went from underground hits to national phenomena in the United States, spawning fan clubs and inspiring celebratory reviews. Smith is also the author of a detective series featuring the insatiably curious philosopher Isabel Dalhousie and the 44 Scotland Street novels, which present a witty portrait of Edinburgh society

In an interview on the publisher's web site, Smith says he thinks the country of Botswana "particularly chimes with many of the values which Americans feel very strongly about -- respect for the rule of law and for individual freedom. I hope that readers will also see in these portrayals of Botswana some of the great traditional virtues in Africa -- in particular, courtesy and a striking natural dignity."

Good To Know

As a professor at Edinburgh Law School, Smith specializes in criminal law and medical law, and has written about the legal and ethical aspects of euthanasia, medical research, and medical practice.

When he isn't writing books or teaching, Smith finds time to play the bassoon in the candidly named amateur ensemble he co-founded, The Really Terrible Orchestra.

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