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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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Paperback, 128 pages
Published December 28th 2004 by Anchor (first published January 1st 2004)
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Jason Koivu
Nov 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was amazing
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 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 rated it did not like it
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.
Jun 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Funnier than the first book, but more like a nice diversion than laugh-out-loud hilarious. I listened to it through Audible and Hugh Laurie's narration adds a lot to the enjoyment; plus the fact that these are short stories means it's easy to break them into small chunks to listen to for an hour or so at a time - great for the commute.
Anne Price
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Professor Dr. Iglefeld is equally insufferable and endearing.
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 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 rated it it was ok
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 rated it it was amazing
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 rated it really liked it
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 rated it it was ok
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 rated it did not like it
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 rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Продължават приключенията на професор Фон Игелфелд. Все по-завладяващи, авнатюристични, но и поставящи разнообразни етични проблеми. Приложната етика е любим обект на изследване от Алекзандър Маккол Смит.
Diasamidze Ayse
Dec 07, 2016 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 rated it really liked it
Witty, interesting read!
Oct 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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).
Lindsay Green
Got this as an audio book from the library for a long car journey. Having Hugh Laurie reading it made it enjoyable, and served it's purpose to make the drive go quickly.

This is the 1st Aexander McCall Smith book I've 'read', not sure it'd be my usual read.
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, humor, comedy, 2017
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Suzanne Fournier
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A hilarious book of mini stories about the slightly bumbling Professor von Igelfeld. I loved the first chapter, but felt awful reading the chapter about the poor dog losing it's legs. I have a dachshund and it was so sad.. The last couple chapters were a hoot as well.
May 04, 2017 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.
Terri Night
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Delightful, funny, escape into hilarity.
Sep 04, 2017 rated it liked it
This is a fun, enjoyable series.
Barbara Hawley
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'm chuckling just looking at this cover and remembering the book. Very funny! I love AM Smith's humor ... so unexpected!
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have not found a more prolific contemporary writer than the Scotsman, Alexander McCall Smith. He is extraordinarily original, gently witty, and sneakily intellectual. The storylines in this book are absurd and I laughed out loud more than once. Will the erudite German philology professor, esteemed author of "Portuguese Irregular Verbs," be able to deliver the bones of St. Nicholas of Myra to the beleaguered Coptic priest in Rome, eluding the schismatics who would like to take possession of the ...more
Mar 08, 2017 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.
Mar 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Odd character like normal with funny bits. Did not like the part about Igelfeld playing vet. Horrible
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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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