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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.
tani reviewed Portuguese Irregular Verbs (Professor Dr von Igelfeld, Bk 1) on
This is a slim volume about a few wacky professors. Imagine them, for instance, trying to enjoy playing tennis on their vacation, when none of them know anything about it except what they have just read in a rule book. I found it very funny in many places.
Welcome to the insane and rarified world of Professor Dr. von Igelfeld of the Inst of Philology. Never-ending quest to win the respect he feels certain he is due--a quest which has the tendency to go hilariously astray.