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

by Alexander Mccall Smith

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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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I really really enjoyed all these books--fun, made you laugh, and quick reads. I like Alexander McCall Smith because he has a way of writing (convincingly) from the point of view of people from either Germany, as in this book, to Botswana to Scotland. He's brilliant. Although as Taryn says, he does better when writing from a woman's point of view. ( )
  jessibelle34 | Jul 12, 2013 |
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. ( )
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Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld's birthday fell on the first of May.
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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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