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The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs (Portuguese Irregular Verbs #2)

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Professor Dr. von Igelfeld Entertainment – Book 2

The Professor Dr. von Igelfeld Entertainment series slyly skewers academia, chronicling the comic misadventures of the endearingly awkward Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, and his long-suffering colleagues at the Institute of Romantic Philology in Germany.

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ebook, 128 pages
Published December 18th 2007 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 Jason Koivu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy, fiction, humor
Professor Dr. von Igelfeld gets no respect, no respect I tell ya!

And it's no wonder! The height of his academic career has been the publication of an impossibly long tome on a very specific foreign language linguistic construct. It's his bloody life's work and no one wants to read it! So, when he's mistaken for a veterinarian and asked to preform surgery on a dachshund, a ridiculous dog if ever there was one, his ego wins the battle over common sense. Yes, dachshunds were indeed harmed in the wr
Jan 27, 2010 Gill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like dogs, hedgehogs and gentle laughter
Shelves: ams, other-places
Humour is so individual.
A review I read said "If you like Mma Ramotswe you will hate Professor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld. Well, sorry I love the Ladies Detective Agency series, but I also enjoy this series. I admire Mma R's independence, good sense and humanity, but I also have a sympathy for poor Igelfeld's bruised self-esteem and need for constant recognition, although in one of these stories he seems to discover another side to himself and his need for recognition and respect.
My son laughs
Jan 28, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow, I can't take it, Professor von Igelfeld is too funny. These books are short, sweet and such a riot. I usually CANNOT sympathize with self-important people, but him? I can very easily. He has me laughing out loud with the embarrassing, ridiculous situations he gets himself into and his constant belief that life is just not fair and he deserves better than his colleagues - because, after all, he DID write THE book on Portuguese Irregular Verbs. (Oh my gosh, I love it. After a surgery sadly ...more
May 09, 2010 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recentlyread
The second, and perhaps best, of the three novellas in the Professor Doktor von Igelfeld trilogy (published together in Britain, but not here, under the felicitous title "The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom"). Little gems of academic satire!

Here's a snippet for my academic friends (they'll get it):

He sighed. It was not easy maintaining one's position as the author of Portuguese Irregular Verbs. Not only was there Unterholzer (and all that tiresome business with is dog), but von Igelfeld also had to cop
Lynn Pribus
Sep 04, 2015 Lynn Pribus rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned
What a disappointment. I like many of his other books which are populated (mostly) by likeable characters.

This one is about an insufferable man who, instead of confessing he isn't a vet when invited to a convention of veteranarians, goes ahead and operates on a poor dachshund, unnecessarily amputating three legs. I tried to persist, but in the next chapter he is justifying the mutilation. Too much of a dog lover to persist.

What a jerk!

Jun 21, 2012 Duana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe I missed something by not reading the first in the series, but I couldn't find a plot nor could I manage to get interested in the story.
Apr 14, 2017 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I get why people would find this 0% funny, so I pretty much never recommend it to anyone. But, if you are interested in absurdly comic yet not vulgar vignettes about a self-important, socially inept German Romance philologist, this book is for you.

The book summary uses the word "light-footed." I would never have thought of this word, but it's perfectly selected.

'We're heading north,' said his host. 'We'll show you a typical hog operation.'
'Most intriguing,' said von Igelfeld. 'I am always intere
Feb 02, 2014 Cassandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dieses Buch konnte mich zum Schmunzeln und Lachen bringen, besonders den Fans des Britischen Humors kann ich es ans Herz legen und auch Freunde der ‚Big Bang Theory‘ könnten an diesen Gelehrten ihre Freude haben. Die Intelektuellen Charaktere verwickeln sich immer wieder in nicht vorhersehbare und aberwitzige Situationen. Viel Humor ergibt sich auch aus dem Umgang der drei Kollegen Professor von Igelfeld, Professor Dr. Dr. Detlef Amadeus Unterholzer und Prof. Dr.Dr. Florianus Prinzel. Hier wird ...more
Mar 20, 2009 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs is a good, quick, relatively light-hearted read but I have to say I didn't find this book as funny or as entertaining as the first Professor Dr Von Igelfeld "entertainment", Portuguese Irregular Verbs , which started the series.

Von Igelfeld is a fantastically created character and I found his bumbling adventures in the first book hilarious but the sequences in this book were longer and fewer and I think therefore lost some of their humour for me.

Also I think th
Jul 22, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs is hilarious ridiculousness, covering incidents in the life of Professor Dr. von Igelfeld, a romance philology expert specializing in Portuguese irregular verbs.

The second installment in the series (I’ll be picking up the first next), this book follows von Igelfeld as he travels to America, is mistaken for a veterinary professor, and supervises the tragic amputation(s) of a sausage dog, mistakenly chastises the Pope for being loud in the Vatican library, and is a
Jan 05, 2012 RebeccaS rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
I definitely enjoyed this book much more than the first one. Professor Dr. von Igelfeld cracks me up and deep down he is a very sweet and honest person....he is just VERY proud and easily offended by others. Which puts him in ridiculous situations (such as giving a lecture on sausage dogs and offending The Pope). This book is completely unrealistic (view spoiler), but very enj ...more
May 02, 2016 Lisa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read this series out of order, starting with #2 in the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series. I have read many of McCall Smith's books in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series and in the 44 Scotland Street series and found them light-hearted and funny. This one is just tedious. It is a short novel about a German professor, Dr. Moritz-Maria who is an expert on the Portuguese language. Dr. Moritz-Maria waffles from arrogance to insecurity and gets himself in some strange situations because of it; in ...more
May 02, 2012 Max rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
I just didn't get the humour in the book. Sure, main character of the book Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld gets himself into the most absurd situations, in the weirdest ways. But after the whole book, I still canot identify with him. He is pompous and thinks himself as someone of great importance and intelligence. Needs to deflate ego, seriously.

Conclusion: mildly entertaining, at times due to the situations he gets himself in. Other times, boring.
Jul 27, 2009 Jesse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Meet Professor Dr. von Igelfeld, a stuffy philologist who embarks on a number of absurd and hilarious adventures. This is the second of the series, and probably my favorite – a couple of scenes and many of the one-liners are among the funniest I've ever encountered in fiction. Provides a very unique perspective. Highly recommended.
Diasamidze Ayse
Dec 07, 2016 Diasamidze Ayse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okumaktan müthiş zevk aldığım, vapurda minibüste falan aniden püskürdüğüm, meraklı bakışlara maruz kaldığım, incecik ama hayat dolu hikayeler...
Jul 29, 2016 Dixie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty, interesting read!
Oct 21, 2016 Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ideal holiday reading. I chuckled my way through most of the chapters, at the amusing stories telling how the pompous, humourless and incompetent Professor Dr. v. Igelfeld falls into one horrendous situation after another. All gentle fun (excepting the pages about the dachshund losing three legs, which was somehow an integral part of the overall joke, but I didn't like that bit).
May 04, 2017 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this second book I got the feeling that the author had more conclusively settled on the lead character's character. There was greater consistency to his personality, which contributed to to the book being an entertaining evening's read.
Mar 08, 2017 Linda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Quite a disappointment after the originality of "Portuguese Irregular Verbs," Book 1 in the series, as it relies on the overused mistaken identity plot line. Couldn't bring myself to bother finishing the book, slim as it is.
Odd character like normal with funny bits. Did not like the part about Igelfeld playing vet. Horrible
Ernest Genesis
I randomly stumbled upon this book on a booksale. The title caught my attention since I owned a Dachshund for more than a year already and quite thinking on reading some literature involving them. Hence, I bought it.

This 2003 novel by the Scottish author, Alexander McCall Smith, is a second novel in the series ‘Portuguese Irregular Verbs’. It is quite a funny narrative, scheming through it was an easy breeze since the words used were often those that are used in the dailies nevertheless there w
Golly! I appear to be just a tad out of tune with everyone else who's read this book. I first tried reading Alexander McCall Smith's "The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs" about 10 years ago and stopped, aghast, in Chapter 2. This time, I forced my way through. Structurally, the book is fairly similar to the first book in that it's more a series of vignettes than a novel. However, in this book, the five "chapters" are more closely tied together. So, it does come fairly close to reading like a cohere ...more
June Louise
"'We're so honoured to have you here in Fayetteville,' said the man. 'We understand that you are a world authority on the sausage dog. We are looking forward to what you have to say to us tonight. Sausage dogs are quite popular here....'.

Von Igelfeld stared at him in horror. Sausage dogs! He was expected to talk about sausage dogs, a subject on which he knew absolutely nothing. It was a nightmare.....but he was awake, and it was really happening."

Poor old von Igelfeld finds himself a case of mis
Elisheva Rina
Sep 14, 2016 Elisheva Rina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So boring. So gory. So not funny. Did you know that the random hacking of limbs actually happens in human hospitals? Hospital errors are the 3rd leading cause of death in the US, after cigarettes (heart disease and cancer).
Sep 12, 2015 Joy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book and the third book in the series at a book fair today. I had never heard of it but after reading the back, I picked both books up as it sounded amusing.

The book is very short and is easily read in one sitting. It has four "chapter/stories" that are all connected together but are self-contained plots. I saw another reviewer recommend the audiobook which I saw was just over 3 hours. Like I said, short book.

The main character is Professor Dr. von Igelfeld, a professor of Romance Phi
Jenny Karraker
Mar 01, 2014 Jenny Karraker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was even sillier than the first one. In his quest for recognition, professor Igelfeld decides to give a lecture overseas and is invited to speak at a university gathering in the United States. Much to his horror, he discovers there has been a mix-up with his name and that he has been sent to a veterinary school. Rather than admit to the mistake, he hems and haws and is able to pass himself off as a veterinarian professor. He is then shocked when the American professor shows up at his u ...more
Jul 07, 2012 Mark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful continuation of the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series about the eccentric and egocentric Professor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology and his rivalry with Professor Unterholzer. The opening chapter has the Professor mistaken for an expert in Sausage Dogs when invited to speak at a conference of canine academics in the United States. From there he has an encounter with the Pope in the library and finds himself the unwitting custodian of the bones of St Nic ...more
Feb 10, 2014 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I bought this book for my mother-in-law because she is a dog lover. A few months later when visiting her, I found the book in with her recycle newspapers and asked her what she thought of the book. "Well, I don't really know what it was about, it didn't make any sense." So I took the book home and read it.

Alexander McCall Smith is pretty light, fun reading and as such is a nice interlude.

Dr. von Igelfeld, a philologist, is mistaken for a veterinarian with an emphasis on sausage dogs and is asked
Jun 12, 2011 Eliza rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: light
Listened to audiobook version while working on the more boring parts of thesis data collection. Hugh Laurie (from the TV show House) is a great reader and I enjoyed his many accents. Also, I really liked the music in between book chapters, and how the type of music changed to reflect the setting at that point of the story. For instance, as the protagonist is waiting to meet the Pope in the Vatican, the music for that chapter is of hymnal organ, while at other times it sounds more like German cla ...more
Apr 30, 2012 Donna rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the first two Precious Ramotswe mysteries by Smith, and of course I am a huge Hugh Laurie fan, so I jumped at the chance to listen to this short series about an eccentric linguistic scholar, Dr. Moritz von Igelfeld.

This is not so much a novel as a series of short stories from the life of said scholar, and some of them were a bit funny, but most were not good enough to hold my interest. I found Igelfeld to be irritating and sanctimonious. Writing this review a year later, it is
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Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the international phenomenon The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie Series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, and the 44 Scotland Street series. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland and has served on many national and international bodies concerned with bioethics. He was born in what ...more
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“Von Igelfeld was not sure. He remembered reading that Hume believed that our minds vibrated in sympathy, and that this ability – to vibrate in unison with one another – was the origin of the ethical impulse. And Schopenhauer’s moral theory was about feeling, was it not; so perhaps they were one and the same phenomenon.” 0 likes
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