Brand : Alexander Mccall Smith

Unusual Uses for Olive Oil (Professor Dr von Igelfeld Series Book 4)

E. b. mulligan |

4th in the series going back to 1997

Terrific writer - can always pull me out of a funk when reading his novels. the good professor is especially dear, i think i discovered this series in a review from the washngton post, comparing the dear professor to mr magoo - lol - i had to get the series and enjoyed this one very much indeed. a keeper! if this is your first time reading this series, information from the publisher on the earlier novels will enhance your reading pleasure: in the first novel 'portuguese irregular verbs' he learns to play tennis, and forces a college chum to enter into a duel that results in a nipped nose. he also takes a field trip to ireland where he becomes acquainted with the rich world of archaic irishisms, and he develops an aching infatuation with a dentist fatale. along the way, he takes two ill-fated italian sojourns, the first merely uncomfortable, the second definitely dangerous. in 'the finer points of sausage dogs', he is mistaken for a veterinarian and not wanting to call attention to the faux pas, begins practicing veterinary medicine without a license. he ends up operating on a friend's dachshund to dramatic and unfortunate effect. he also transports relics for a schismatically challenged coptic prelate, and is pursued by marriage-minded widows on board a mediterranean cruise ship. in 'at the villa of reduced circumstances', he gets caught up in a nasty case of academic intrigue while on sabbatical at cambridge. when he returns to regensburg he is confronted with the thrilling news that someone from a foreign embassy has actually checked his masterwork, portuguese irregular verbs, out of the institute's library. as a result, he gets caught up in intrigue of a different sort on a visit to bogota, colombia.

Gwynn b. owens |

Thoughtful humor!

The fourth installment of the extraordinarily ordinary professor dr moritz-maria igelfeld. a tale of a peculiarly humble hubris, of an egoist who has no sense of the world beyond his mind, who ponders his response to various outside stimuli, and who finds answers in kindness. and is a comedic character extraordinaire! a delight in a character who should be unlikeable but instead is compelling in his isolation amid others. humorous, thought provoking, with characters ranging from our gentle egoist to the ultimate egotist, from the stable friend to the lonely truly humble man finding love. alexander mccall smith's background as a ethics professor reveals itself in a quiet eloquent whisper allowing the reader to be as superficial or as engaged as one desires.

Mary e dugas |

British humor at its best

I bought this for a son who loves this author's writing, especially this series. it's a lol experience even when alone.