Portuguese Irregular Verbs

Portuguese Irregular Verbs

Book - 2004
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Follows eminent (if shamefully under-read) philologist Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld from a busman’s holiday researching old Irish obscenities to a flirtation with a desirable lady dentist.
Publisher: Toronto : Vintage Canada, 2004, c2003
Edition: Vintage Canada ed. --
ISBN: 9780676976793
Branch Call Number: FIC McCal 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 128 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Additional Contributors: McIntosh, Iain


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Oct 31, 2015

Inside the mind of a genius who is even less connected to other humans than is Sheldon Cooper of "The Big Band Theory." He watches the incomprehensible actions of mere humans with astonishment and sorrow.

Jan 27, 2014

The first German Philologist Professor Doctor book about nutty academics and international miscommunication. Short romp. Just for fun.


I love this series. I realize it's very different from McCall's other work, but it's still clever and, in my opinion, hilarious. It is a jab at academia and the pretentions that go along with it. It reminds one not to take oneself too seriously.

Aug 07, 2013

This is one of those books that are written purely to amuse, and it definitely did that. The writing was fun, and von Igelfeld is many bits quirky.

Jun 24, 2013

Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld is the world famous author of Portuguese Irregular Verbs. Despite this amazing accomplishment, he gets no respect, instead bumbling through life without enough imagination in some parts, but too much in others. This rather whimsical piece is not nearly as charming as the Patience Ramotswe or Isabel Dalhousie series, but is an amusing quick read.

The character flaws in the German academics suggest some xenophobia in the author. There is a sadness in the overblown self- esteem of Professor Iglefeld and his fawning co-academics. Yes the academic diktat to ‘publish or perish’ [despite the waste of all those trees] is humorous, but no less absurd than expectations put on professionals in other fields of human endeavour. In my opinion this kind of observation of human nature is not funny and the book is really a piece of fluff. I won’t dis the book but it will only appeal to an audience with a particular sense of humour.

Jun 12, 2012

Very funny for those who enjoy kicking uberintellectuals.

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