Unusual Uses For Olive Oil (von Igelfeld Entertainments) Hardcover – 6 Oct 2011
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For The 2 Pillars of Wisdom: ** 'The eccentric and egotistical Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld is a hilarious creation ...packed full of wit' DAILY EXPRESS ** 'Portuguese Irregular Verbs, where the author searches for Irish curse words, is reminiscent of Flann O'Brien's "truly Gaelic Gaelic" researcher and is all the better for it' THE HERALD ** 'Witty trilogy of novels ...very amusing' --Mail on Sunday
* The hilarious new Von Igelfeld novel - the follow-up to THE 2½ PILLARS OF WISDOMSee all Product description
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This time he manages to tackle a situation in which he is sure his definitive treatise on Portugese Irregular Verbs has been confused with the lesser work of Unterholzer (the half pillar of wisdom) in the nomination for an academic prize, tries to court the widow Benz, falls down a mountain to great acclaim, delivers another well received after-dinner speech, and has another accident involving Unterholzer's dachshund.
AMS writes with his characteristic mix of subtlety and venom to satirise the self-importance of the arcane academic and the German obsession with titles and formality. Herr Prof. Dr. Dr. von Igelfeld is a truly terrific creation of humourous writing. The only complaint is that at about 200 pages of reasonable large font size printing the reader is left wanting more.
I haven't read any Alexander McCall Smith books for ages but my 7-year-old was determined to find a book for me in the library. After rejecting the first few he offered (a Mills & Boon with the phrase "sexy cowboy" included in the blurb [shudder], a Star Wars book and a guide to walks in the Peaks were all given a "no") he brought me this. Having really enjoyed the Ladies' Detective Agency stories, I was happy to go with this one.
I think I read the first Von Igelfeld story, but my memory of it is hazy at best. But this didn't matter, it works as a stand-alone book. Von Igelfeld's confidence and self-belief along with his complete social inability are lovely and endearing, and overall it is a really enjoyable book.
You have to wait until the very end to find out the unusual use for olive oil, but it is worth the wait.
Speaking of which, please AMS, don't leave it so long for this marvellous character to appear in print once more.
Highly recommended for everyone looking for gentle humour of high quality.
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