“The Amorous Detective and other stories” by Jumber Khantadze

Amorous detective

The Amorous Detective

“Stories” is a little misleading these are more the memories of the author of Tbilisi and Georgia in the forties and fifties. A slim volume. just 68 pages, most of the memories cover only a few pages. There are memories of the German POWs in the war, who were treated better in Georgia (traditional hospitality and all that) than those who were kept in Russia.

There is some one upmanship on the Russians, the Russian scientists were looking to make some cogs for one of their spacecraft and trying every material possible: tungsten, molybdenum but nothing works  and the author finds the solution using some Georgian cast iron.

There is a Mr “flash the cash” businessman who takes the author to Moscow from Tbilisi just for some ice cream.

There is the tale of the snobbery in a Vake “English” Kindergarten, where the other kids take black caviar in for lunch and talk about filet mignon and the author’s son is told by his mother that the other kids don’t have trout caught by their own daddies in their packed lunches, and this consoles the boy.

There are tales of cheating in exams, a trait unfortunately still common in Georgia today.

The “amorous detective” of the title describes the efforts of the author and his friend Rezo to hook up a third friend, a convalescent nicknamed “Ridgeway” with the girl of his dreams.

The quality of the tales is variable but they provide an interesting insight into their times and the characters still resonate to day.

My rating 3 out of 5

About jimholroyd365

Hi, my name is Jim, I am an Englishman living in the Georgian capital of Tbilisi. I started this blog to share my interests, my photos and to make sense of my world. I take a lot of photographs of various subjects, some of which I intend to share here. I collect diecast cars and get the same thrill at 50 as I did when I was 8, when I find a car I'm searching for, Don't worry, I have a separate blog for this hobby. Please feel free to comment and ask questions on what I blog. I am quite new to this blogging, I was inspired by reading a book, which began as a blog of a London Ambulance Driver: "Blood, Sweat and Tea". I hope my blog will be entertaining and amusing, I did try stand up comedy in the UK and had seven gigs before I left to teach English in Georgia. I love reading and so the blog will include book reviews of books as I finish them.I don't know about which direction this blog will go, I am a great believer in serendipity...let the journey begin...
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