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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
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
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
Apr 08, 2011 Gill rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Jenny Karraker
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
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
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.
I'm not sure if everyone will be as thoroughly entertained as I was by this book, but for me it was a complete stitch. Of course, I did PhD work in Germanic philology, and the main character is a German who specializes in Romance philology and whose claim to fame is the publication of the world-renowned treatise titled "Portuguese Irregular Verbs." His name is Professor Doktor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, and that majestic moniker just rolls off the tongue of the narrator of the audiobook I listen ...more
#2 in the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series. The further adventures of Prof Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, the world's leading scholar on Portuguese verbs, in the second of three series entries published in 2003. An extremely humorous series by author Alexander McCall Smith, better known for his No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series.

Portuguese Irregular Verbs series - recorded - Prof von Igelfeld has been mistaken for a recently deceased German professor of veterinary medicine with a similar n
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
Robyn Hall
May 08, 2014 Robyn Hall rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: My brothers who also grew up with Sammy & Fritz
Recommended to Robyn by: RuthAnn Sanders
I read this book because RuthAnn described how she laughed until she cried. I can't remember the last time I did that so I gave it a try. I listened to the 4 cds. I grew up with 2 different "sausage dogs" and thought I would probably appreciate the "finer points". Well there are some VERY funny parts about this one dog and how it gets around after his surgery. 8) And I did lol but did not "cry". And the rest of the story was ok but not hilarious, as I hoped. Many reviewers gave it 4 stars.
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
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
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
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
I have always enjoyed books by this author. I will confess I did not finish this one. The "unfortunate effect" of the unlicensed operation on the dachshund (as referenced on the back cover of the book) was absolutely dreadful. I read of the surgery with my own sausage dog next to me and had horrible nightmares that night. While the book might have appealed to me absent this incident, I could not proceed. I will have to stick to the cute campyness of the Mma Ramotswe books.
Mike Clinton
A friend gave me this amusing little book composed of five vignettes featuring a caricature in the person of a self-important German academic named Professor Dr Maria-Moritz von Igelfeld who gets into absurdly comical situations. It was fun to read and reads like the author had fun writing it. The back cover calls this a "light-footed comic novel", which is a good description. I read it in one day (admittedly so that I could meet my year's Goodreads goal!), but the different stories, although in ...more
If you're a scholar (or just live with one, as I do) you will appreciate this dry, droll, but very human poke at the world of academia. Prof. Dr. Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld means well, but the world seems so against him. All he wants is the proper recognition that is due to the author of the groundbreaking treatise Portuguese Irregular Verbs (200 copies sold). When his publisher informs him that the best offer they can get for the remaining 700 copies in their warehouse is from an interior de ...more
Fr. Kyle
A friend of mine introduced me to this satyrical series about Professor Dr. Mortiz Maria von Igelfeld, an intellectual dimwit. McCall Smith takes the pages to poke fun at contemporary academia and does an incredibly hilarious job of it.

This is the second of three books about the lovable narcissist professor of Romance Philology and it doesn't disappoint. I laughed often at the spaces in which his lack of common sense and overabundance of pride got him.

If you've had some experience of post-gradu
Praveen Narayanan
Dr. Alexander McCall Smith seems to be rather fond of dogs. The particular dog in question is a rather hapless victim of Prof. Dr. von Igelfeld's unwitting actions. It is no surprise that Prof. Dr. Unterholzer with whom von Igelfeld shares his work environment at the institute (and who also owns the dog) does not like him so much.
I read these three little books together, having been intrigued by the title of one, "The Villa of Reduced Circumstances", which I read first. It contained two short stories, the second of which gave the book its title. I read these out of chronological order. I then read "Portugese Irregular Verbs", which had several shorter stories, a format I preferred, and lastly, "The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs".

These are light, easy-reading stories; "stream of consciousness" musings. The writing is excel
Paula  Cabezas
I haven't read a book as funny at this one in a long time!
Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld is a great character, egocentric yet lovable, and the situations he is always involved in are just the perfect contrast between the academic circles the characters inhabit and the silly results they lead to.

The further adventures of Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, German philologist and expert on Portuguese irregular verbs.
This is the 2nd in this series, and this entry is even funnier (and more absurd)than the first book: Portuguese Irregular Verbs. In this book, von (and he is quite emphatic about the von)Igelfeld shushes the pope while studying at the Vatican Library (he didn't realize who he was), guards a reliquary containing the bones of St Nicholas of Myra for the Patriarch of Alexa
What an absolute riot! How could we not be riveted by Portuguese Irregular verbs and the adventures of herr prof. Dr. von Igelfeld? who else would meet the Pope in such away. I think I'll be moving to 44 Scotland Street once I am done with the professor's adventures.
I really have enjoyed McCall Smith's The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. The characters are so delightful and the protagonist (Mma Ramotswe) is filled with kindness and humor.

The protagonist in this series is a German professor of philology. He is nothing like Mma Ramotswe - he is rather a bumbling, self-absorbed pedant, but the writing is just as delightful. I love the use of so much proper English, it feels so graceful and colorful. In that sense, it is a lot like the No. 1 Ladies' Detective
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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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