Book Review: Morality for Beautiful Girls

Pootle List #1: 3 of 250 book reviews

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Morality for Beautiful Girls by Alexander McCall Smith

Read it if you

  1. Like a gentle stroll along a stream on a pleasant sunny day. A collection of tales, bound together by Precious Ramotswe’s unique philosophy, the third in the No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, the book is a ‘pleasant’ read
  2. Are wondering about morality and need reassurance if you are ‘traditionally built’

Morality for Beautiful Girls“She behaved well towards her family… but when it came to her maid… she seemed to have little concern for her feelings. It occurred to Mma Ramotswe that such behavior was no more than ignorance; an inability to understand the hopes and aspirations of others. The understanding, thought Mma Ramotswe, was the beginning of all morality. If you knew how a person was feeling, if you could imagine yourself in her position, then surely it would be impossible to inflict further pain. Inflicting pain in such circumstances would be like hurting oneself.”

“She had a taste for sugar, however, and this meant that a doughnut or a cake might follow the sandwich. She was a traditionally built lady, after all, and she did not have to worry about dress size, unlike those poor, neurotic people who were always looking in mirrors and thinking that they were too big. What was too big, anyway? Who was to tell another person what size they should be? It was a form of dictatorship, by the thin, and she was not having any of it. If these thin people became any more insistent, then the more generously sized people would just have to sit on them. Yes, that would teach them! Hah!”

Refrain from reading if you:

  1. Are looking for an adrenaline hit. This will not keep you awake through the night, racing light to sun rise. There were moments I merrily forgot that I was in the middle of the book, and strayed to reading others
  2. Don’t like philosophizing, however nicely worded and woven in well, in the middle of PI tales.

Will I read it again? Yes, would not mind doing so. But won’t miss it if I don’t. And for that reason, I give it 3.5/5 stars.


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