Unusual Uses for Olive Oil (Portuguese Irregular Verbs #4)
Life is so unfair, and it sends many things to try Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, author of Portuguese Irregular Verbs and pillar of the Institute of Romance Philology in the proud Bavarian city of Regensburg.
There is the undeserved rise of his rival (and owner of a one-legged dachshund), Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer; the interminable ramblings of the librarian, Her...more
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I enjoyed the heck out of book number one. Then the following two became a little Candide-like or Monty Python-esque in their wackiness as our hero Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld became embroiled in far flung adventures. This fourth book, Unusual Uses for Olive Oil is a return to the sedate wordsmithing of the first bo ...more
Poor Professor Dr von Igelfeld, I do sincerely wish him well as the series continues.
I particularly enjoyed the recounting of a ...more
The delightful Professor Doctor von Igelfeld series is set in my own country, Germany, always an unusual choice for an English-language writer. Although the unlikely hero of the piece, Professo ...more
Mostly the reason I read this book was because it was about a philologist. The writing style was kind of enjoyable, but I didn't really like any of the characters, and the book was really just 5 vignettes with no cohesive plot. Not something you can really lose yourself in. But nice and short!
Also, I was so c ...more
I guess I'll have to go back and start with the first one.
The addition of The Librarian, Herr Huber, is very welcome indeed.
And the brief (thankfully) segment on defenestration was chuckle-worthy. I'm just glad I suffered through the horrible chapter on the same subject in "The Bertie Project" before I read this.
...von Igelfeld was later unable to recall exactly who had started the debate. He did know, however, that it was not the Librarian, Herr Huber, whose wandering conversation was entirely reactive, and never introduced a new or challenging topic. (p. 39)
And marriage was a cha ...more