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Portuguese Irregular Verbs

September 3, 2009

You may recall that I happened across the second book in this series, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs a little over a month ago in the audiobook section of the library.  I was delighted to discover the entire series in my mom’s library and quickly finished the first & last books in the series.

Portuguese Irregular Verbs introduces Professor von Igelfield as a younger man, and includes flashbacks to his college days and the creation of his hallmark work, after which this book is named.

At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances follows Professor von Igelfield on two extended trips: the first to Cambridge as a visiting professor, where he discovers the inconvenience of England’s inferior plumbing and the conspiring of English academics; the second to Columbia, where he single-handedly ensures the success of a political uprising and, as a reward for his valor, becomes the president of the country.

These books are great, funny, quick reads which I’d highly recommend, especially to those who appreciate the virtues of subtle-stupid, Hitchhiker’s-like, dry British humor. (If your tolerance for stupid-people-who-don’t-realize-they’re-stupid humor is low, these may not be the best books.)

Also, I recommend listening to these books, even more than reading them…especially if you can nab the editions read by Hugh Laurie. Yes, Hugh Laurie of Dr. House fame, sans American accent. I’ll spare the swooning declarations of praise regarding this man and his phenomenal comedic delivery and timing. But…give it a shot.

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  1. September 4, 2009 11:35 am

    I’m so glad you’ve discovered these books, AMS is one of my favorites. And you’re right, the recordings are to die for!

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