Wednesday, October 22, 2008
A couple of my classes just finished reading The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency by Alexandar McCall Smith. If you haven't read it (or its sequels), I highly recommend it.
My students had mixed reviews. Some of them didn't like it so much.
"It was so-so," said one kid.
"Well, what book did you like better?" I asked.
"All books are so-so," the kid said. Apparently, he prefers video games, and finds this whole reading thing overrated.
"I liked Dracula better," piped up one of my better students.
I liked Dracula too, though it was kind of an apples and oranges comparison, at least to me.
"What did you like better about Dracula?" I asked.
"There were more SAT words in it," she replied, with absolute seriousness.
It's true the Detective Agency series has fairly simple and straightforward language. As I clearly don't appreciate what's important, I found that one of the book's strong points.
Without giving much away, the book discusses a failed marriage. This provoked a couple of great comments from kids. One kid said, "You lose your eyes when you lose your heart."
Another said, "Love is blind. Marriage is an eye-opener."
Yet another declared, "After your first love, then you get mature."
Let's hope that's all it takes. I'd hate to think they'd need to burn through a marriage just to grow up.