The finer points of sausage dogs by Alexander McCall Smith

The finer points of sausage dogsBlurb:

In The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs, Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld is mistaken for a veterinarian and not wanting to call attention to the faux pas, begins practicing veterinary medicine without a license. He ends up operating on a friend’s dachshund to dramatic and unfortunate effect. He also transports relics for a schismatically challenged Coptic prelate, and is pursued by marriage-minded widows on board a Mediterranean cruise ship.




In a nutshell:

I read it in: English

I liked it:     Yes

For people who like: smart and humorous stories

My thoughts: 

This is the second book in the series about Prof. Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld and it is not quite as funny as the first one, but that is maybe only down to the fact that I now knew what to expect. The first book Portuguese Irregular Verbs came as a complete surprise and that added to the enjoyment of the book. When I started the second book the bar was set very high.

There are only five chapters (fittingly numbered in German) which are self contained stories again, loosely connected by sausage dogs. He has to lecture on them even though he has no clue about them and, in fact, strongly dislikes them. Subsequently he is forced to disfigure the dog of his colleague Unterholzer. This slightly damages their relationship. unitl later, when they find the perfect use for the sausage dog on wheels.

In another story von Igelfeld is on a cruise (now that I come to think of it, he would probably strongly agree with David Foster Wallace on this) and is hunted by dozens of widows and spinsters in search of a suitable husband. So he manages to extricate himself by fleeing from the ship. Next, this happens:

Von Igelfeld, presumably dead and lost at sea, is coming home from the cruise and his colleague Unterholzer who already settled in von Igelfeld’s office is rather surprised to see him.

“Oh, Moritz-Maria, I am so pleased that you are alive! I cannot tell you how sad I was…” he stopped as he realized his terrible solecism. He had addressed von Igelfeld by his first name, and they had only known one another for, what was it, fifteen years?

Oh, yes, it is not as inconceivable as it sounds… To set your mind at ease let me tell you that the two men decided to say “du” to each other from now on and go and have a drink on their newly found “brotherhood”.

This is another delightful instalment in the series. Now on to number three!

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Title The finer points of sausage dogs
Author Alexander McCall Smith
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ISBN 9781400095087
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2 Comments Write a comment

  1. I’ve never been able to get into this author’s other series, but maybe I should give this one a shot. I really want to like all of his stories just for the titles. They are wonderful.

    Thanks for the review.


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