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At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances (original 2003; edition 2004)

by Alexander Mccall Smith

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Member:rightantler
Title:At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances
Authors:Alexander Mccall Smith
Info:Anchor (2004), Edition: First Thus, Paperback, 128 pages
Collections:Read but unowned, Stewart's Read
Rating:***1/2
Tags:Y08, fiction, humour

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This book was a major dissappointment. McCall is not at his best here
  gosherry | Oct 19, 2012 |
This is a throwaway book, an extremely short comic novel that is never more funny than it is absurd. Or perhaps I don’t appreciate the vagaries of academic life enough to get the joke, although I found the section depicting the rapid rise and fall of Central American governments to be so full of stereotypes as to be nearly offensive.

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  sturlington | Oct 27, 2011 |
The third Dr Igelfeld book. Always fun, quick, refreshing reading. ( )
  BooksForDinner | Oct 3, 2011 |
This third installment of Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld books is similar to the others. The story is outlandish and the characters are eccentric. Heading to Colombia to be inducted into a prestigious group Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld is entangled in a revolution that ends with a surprising outcome. This was a light and humorous read. I truly enjoyed the series and this book was a nice end to the series. ( )
1 vote goose114 | Mar 15, 2010 |
Fun conclusion to an excellent series. ( )
  rightantler | Jan 6, 2010 |
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The English were very difficult to read; half the things they said were not meant to be taken seriously, but it was impossible, if you were German, to detect which half this was. (p.22)
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The 2 1/2 pillars of wisdom includes At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs and Portuguese Irregular Verbs in 2002. These titles were published separately in 2003.
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CONTENTS:

eins, On Being Light Blue p.9

zwei, At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances p.63
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