Portuguese Irregular Verbs (Professor Dr von Igelfeld, Bk 1)
Portuguese Irregular Verbs - Professor Dr von Igelfeld, Bk 1 Author:Alexander McCall Smith Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology 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. — Professor Dr von Igelfeld learns to play tennis, and forces a college chum to enter into a duel that results in a nipped n... more »ose. He also takes a field trip to Ireland where he becomes acquainted with the rich world of archaic Irishisms, and he develops an aching infatuation with a Dentist fatale.
Along the way, he takes two ill-fated Italian sojourns, the first merely uncomfortable, the second definitely dangerous.« less
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Cynthia N. (freestyle) reviewed Portuguese Irregular Verbs (Professor Dr von Igelfeld, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 6
I am an Alexander McCall Smith fan, that said, I did not love this book. Other reviews I've read claim this is a funny book...I'm sorry, but I did not find it funny. I thought the main character was selfish and self-obsessed. I kept waiting for some sort of growth based on his experiences, but it doesn't happen. Sort of depressing.
Funny and engaging. The characters are not at all like the Ladies' #1 Detective Agency series (which are my favorite). The story lacks the warmth, truth, and sweetness of those books. Still, if you enjoy characters with personality quirks and a flair for the absurd - this book will do very well.