A review on the back of the book jacket states "a sort of P.G. Wodehouse meets Alexander McCall Smith." I do see their point, but I felt this was more than just a sort of comedy of manners or errors. The main character is a kind, good man, similar to JLB Maketoni in "No 1 Ladie's Detective Agency." As in Wodehouse, the main character belongs to a men's club (for men of Indian descent), where certain rules are upheld and the men get up to silly bets and gossip. But underneath that surface, there is a lot more going on. While keeping the tone light, Drayson manages to introduce many African issues and debunk stereotypes that most of us Westerners have about Africa. The story isn't tragic or depressing, and yet it made me think about the ways in which powerful nations minimize or exaggerate the issues of 2nd and 3rd world countries for their own benefit.