Welcome to the insane and rarified world of Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology. Von Igelfeld is engaged in a never-ending quest to win the respect he feels certain he is due–a quest which has the tendency to go hilariously astray.
In a nutshell:
I read it in: English
I liked it: Yes, very much
For people who like: absurd, comical stories that make you laugh really hard
I didn’t know what to expect from “Portuguese Irregular Verbs” and I never would have thought that a book with such a boring title (any Portuguese speaking readers may forgive me) could be that entertaining! I was laughing so hard while reading this book; this is one of the funniest books I have read in a long while.
Of course, being German myself, Prof. Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld was even more enjoyable because I could recognize the German in him. The book has no ongoing plot or story arc, but it consists of self-contained stories from the life of our hero, startting at his time as a student to now (now being sometime in the 1950s).
The ideas Alexander McCall Smith comes up with are hilarious, starting from von Igelfeld’s musings about the names of his friends/foes (you are never quite sure) at the institute to the planned re-naming of his book in order to look better as a decorative furnishing to the tennis match where nobody will ever win. There are so many little, funny moments in this book, there is something to laugh or smile about on every page.
The names of our protagonists alone! Prof- Dr. Moritz Maria von Igelfeld, Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer (no hyphen and no “von”, if you please) and Florianus Prinzel are a troika to be remembered. It is also noteworthy that all the German phrases and words used are spelled properly and grammatically correct.
The book is rather short, but fortunately there are more in the series and I am very much looking forward to reading them. Absolutely recommended!
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|Title||Portuguese Irregular Verbs|
|Author||Alexander McCall Smith|
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|More info||The Portuguese Irregular Verbs series|
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