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Portuguese Irregular Verbs de Alexander…
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Portuguese Irregular Verbs (2003 original; edició 2005)

de Alexander Smith (Autor)

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Von Igelfeld is the world's leading scholar on Portuguese irregular verbs, having written a majestic, nearly 1,200-page book on the subject. As one review says, "There is nothing more to be said on this subject. Nothing." But in other matters, von Igelfeld is not nearly so skilled. Whether haplessly playing tennis against an equally dreadful opponent, or committing his friends to swordfighting duels without their knowledge, von Igelfeld is somewhat naive in the ways of the world. Yet that does not stop him from having a go at life, and the results are always humorous.… (més)
Membre:CathCD
Títol:Portuguese Irregular Verbs
Autors:Alexander Smith (Autor)
Informació:Anchor (2005), Edition: First Edition
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Portuguese Irregular Verbs de Alexander McCall Smith (2003)

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    Straight Man de Richard Russo (goose114)
    goose114: Another story of academia with a witty sense of humor.
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What a delightful little novel! I have read most of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, and this book has the same sort of subtle, off-beat humor that I love. Each chapter is an episode in the life of a philology professor, along with his 2 equally interesting friends. ( )
  hobbitprincess | May 7, 2021 |
[This is a review I wrote in 2008]

**Refreshingly different and very funny**

...what more can I say?

Meet Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria - just one of the eccentric professors at the Institute of Romance Philology at Regensburg, and author of the substantial tome, 'Portuguese Irregular Verbs'. McCall Smith has created a laugh-out-loud funny parody of academia, which is sure to be appreciated by anyone who has encountered some of the most eccentric academics to be found in most universities. Intelligent and a lot of fun - recommended! ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Nov 20, 2020 |
Professor von Igelfeld and his fellow academics who study Romance languages get into various scrapes over time and place.

This book is entertaining but slight. It is told in an almost vignette style, reminding me of the children's book series Charlie and Mouse. It even has some illustrations, which in my opinion add basically nothing to the book. (Why do full-grown adults need a black-and-white drawing of a tome to understand what a book is?)

Honestly, I wasn't overly impressed with this book and much prefer McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. However, since this book was a quick read and a nice reprieve from the darker titles I tend to read, I decided to keep on with the series. ( )
  sweetiegherkin | Aug 25, 2020 |
I think this short series were among his first books, as he was trying to find his style. It's just a little heavy-handed so that one tires quickly of the joke. NOT a mystery, btw. ( )
  MaryHeleneMele | May 6, 2019 |
I'll never look at professors in quite the same way again after reading this book. In fact, I have to wonder now what stories one could write about all my old professors. As a language nerd I also loved all the untranslated German, French and Italian. I always think Americans miss out when we don't have to learn a bit of these languages to read our novels, so seeing a few non-English words every so often seems like a great thing. ( )
  JBarringer | Dec 30, 2017 |
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I am headed to local library to check this one out again. If you like to laugh and have a dry sense of humor you will absolutely relate to this book....and quick note, it's first in a series of three.

The negative reviews on this book astound me. What planet are you on? I take mine dry with a side of umph....
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The 2 1/2 pillars of wisdom includes At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs and Portuguese Irregular Verbs in 2002. These titles were published separately in 2003.
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Von Igelfeld is the world's leading scholar on Portuguese irregular verbs, having written a majestic, nearly 1,200-page book on the subject. As one review says, "There is nothing more to be said on this subject. Nothing." But in other matters, von Igelfeld is not nearly so skilled. Whether haplessly playing tennis against an equally dreadful opponent, or committing his friends to swordfighting duels without their knowledge, von Igelfeld is somewhat naive in the ways of the world. Yet that does not stop him from having a go at life, and the results are always humorous.

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