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Portuguese Irregular Verbs by Alexander McCall Smith
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Jul 31, 2009

really liked it

A new (to me) series from an author I already enjoy. Smith is the author of 'The Number One Ladies Detective Agency,' and his 'ouvre' is setting stories in, to him, exotic logations and having them live their everyday lives. The stories are charming, in the best sense of the word.

The protagonist of this story is a German philologist whose entire claim to fame is having written 'Portuguese Irregular Verbs,' which is the definitive work on the subject. But the Professor seems to be the only one who cares about the subject. He is a mix of self-importance and self knowledge; he has a sense of self importance and at the same time recognizes that people may not find his work as exilerating as he could be.

Very funny; the professor finds himself completely out of place in India, Austria, Italy, Ireland, and other places. My favorite section is 'Early Irish Pornography', which is even funnier than it sounds.

Lots of fun.

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