Book beginnings on Friday


Today’s beginning is from a very fun read by Alexander McCall Smith, “Portuguese Irregular Verbs”.

Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria Von Igelfeld often reflected on how fortunate he was to be exactly who he was, and nobody else. When one paused to think of who one might have been had the accident of birth not happened precisely as it did, then, well, one could be quite franky appalled.

What is YOUR book beginning today? To see more book beginnings go to A few more pages!

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  1. Hi Rikki,

    I am ashamed to say that I have never read anything by Alexander McCall Smith, although I have several installments of ‘The Ladies No1Detective Agency’ in my TBR pile.

    I did check this series of humorous books out and still can’t really make up my mind if they would be right for me, although they do sound hilarious and a good, light read.

    I can totally relate to those opening lines and would agree with the Professor whole-heartedly.

    I hope that you enjoy the book and have a good weekend.



    • Yvonne, as it happens I thoroughly disliked the Mme. Ramotswe books, but I LOVE all his other books. This one is so funny. It is not the stupid kind of humour, but very clever. You should give the African series a try, seeing that you have it already, but Mr. McCall Smith is very versatile. If you don’t like it, try the Isabel Dalhousie series, for example.


  2. I’ve just discovered Book beginnings and love the idea. This is a great opening choice. Humorous and complex. Does the rest of the book live up to it?


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