The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Setting & Symbolism

Alexander McCall Smith
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Africa

The long standing economic, political, and racial instability of Africa is an important underpinning for several of the book's narrative and thematic developments.

Botswana

One of the most recent, and the most stable, democracies in Africa, Botswana is portrayed as something of a quiet haven of peace and relative prosperity in the mostly unsettled, troubled continent.

Gaborone

Gaborone is the capital of Botswana, portrayed as a mirror of the country as a whole with relative peace (politically and socially) and prosperity (although with an undercurrent of unease, manifest in the character and presence of people like Charlie Gotso - see "Characters"). Gaborone is the city where The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency is established.

Mochudi

A small city in the Botswana countryside, Mochudi is where Mma Ramotswe was born and raised, and acquired most of her initial insight into humanity, its ways, and how to both observe and...

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