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Portuguese Irregular Verbs (Audio) - Community Reviews back

by Paul Hecht, Alexander McCall Smith
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SJane
SJane rated it 6 years ago
A light, humorous book about a German doctor of philology, if that makes sense. While parts were very funny, especially at the beginning, it lost steam as it developed. Though it didn't actually "develop." Mostly it just cast a pretentious German PhD into silly situations meant to poke fun at preten...
ereksonj
ereksonj rated it 8 years ago
This was really fun and light reading. The little details that make academics human, and ever so out of touch, really resonated! I enjoyed this as a good recreational read, and appreciate the episodic writing. It's like a set of short stories with a common setting and characters, rather than a novel...
The Welsh Bookworm
The Welsh Bookworm rated it 8 years ago
I love Alexander McCall Smith, but this book kind of fell flat for me. I listened to it twice, and don't remember when I finished it for sure, or much about the book. It just wasn't very memorable. Much of the humor depends on a familiarity with academia - it is amusing in a droll sort of way. There...
Affairs of M/Men
Affairs of M/Men rated it 10 years ago
Although supposedly a novel, it's really a bunch of loosely strung together short stories. This was nothing like Lady's Own Detective Agency, which is delightful. The humor in the book was just too subtle for me. There were a few funny parts but mostly it just seemed like a dork of a guy whose life ...
JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it 12 years ago
Very witty stuff! Almost Wodehousian. Portuguese Irregular Verbs follows an uptight German Romance languages professor struggling for the respect he feels is owed him and his 1000+ page book on Portuguese irregular verbs. If you like your wordplay humor in the dry British style with a light dash of ...
Vera
Vera rated it 14 years ago
Complete return to form by this author after the unfortunate The Sunday Philosophy Club. Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igenfeld is a gem.
debnance
debnance rated it 17 years ago
I like the simplicity, the kindness, the gentleness, the light humor, and the respect the author pays to each character in this story. Smith, author of the No. 1 Ladies' ...
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