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The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom (original 2004; edition 2005)

by Alexander Mccall Smith

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Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has turned his hand to humour. The delightful result is a creation of comic genius. For in the unnaturally tall form of Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, we are invited to meet a memorable character whose sublime insouciance is a blend of the cultivated pomposity of Frasier Crane and of Inspecteur Clouseau's hapless gaucherie. Von Igelfeld inhabits the rarefied world of the Institute of Romance Philology at Regensburg, a world he shares with his equally tall and equally ridiculous colleagues, Professors Florianus Prinzel and Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer. Their unlikely adventures are described in three deliciously funny instalments: Portuguese Irregular Verbs, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances.… (more)
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Title:The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom
Authors:Alexander Mccall Smith
Info:Vintage Canada (2005), Paperback, 400 pages
Collections:Your library
Rating:*****
Tags:Collection of the 3 Professor Igelfeld novelettes - Portuguese Irregular Verbs, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs and At The Villa of Reduced Circumstances

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The 2½ Pillars of Wisdom by Alexander McCall Smith (2004)

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Wie die Hauptperson Prof. von Igelfeld bin auch ich Professorin an der Universität Regensburg. Daher musste ich das Buch einfach lesen. Allerdings hat die tatschliche Uni nicht viel mit dieser fiktiven Uni Regensburg zu tun. Aber so wenig auch nicht: Das Buch beschreibt den deutschen Professor als naiv, weltfremd, eitel und verschroben - ständig im Konkurenzkampf mit den Kollegen, die am Ende doch fast die besten Freunde sind.
Wie britischer Humor manchmal ist, ist auch dieses Buch fast zu übertrieben. Aber ich fn es doch sehr lustig und manches absolut gut getroffen. Für Angehörige der Universität, v.a. in den Geisteswissenschaften, ist das eine sehr kurzweilige Lektüre. ( )
  Wassilissa | May 10, 2018 |
I am too enamored with little Bertie of the 44 Scotland stbseries to fully appeciate this series, but oh so funny. ( )
  sophie.anna | May 3, 2017 |
Liked “The Perfect Imperfect” and particularly “At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances”, but overall I feel it may have been whimsy drawn out rather too far. Suspect it would be better in the three separate volumes as which it was originally published. ( )
  florasuncle | Dec 5, 2012 |
I only read the first of the three books in this collection, Portugese Irregular Verbs. That was more than enough for me. Despite loving many of McCall Smith's creations, and despite having a penchant for novels about academics, be they serious or comic, I just couldn't take to Von Igelfeld and his colleagues. To explain why is difficult. How does one explain why one finds something amusing or not? It's more of an instinctive reaction.

One of the curious things about the various different series written by AMS is the way in which different readers tend not to like them all, despite the style and sense of humour being quite similar across all of them. Nor is there always a clear pattern in responses, for example, not all fans of the Scotland Street books like the Isabel Dalhousie series, despite the fact that they both feature comfortably off citizens of Edinburgh. At least when one doesn't take to comic fiction one can simply shrug one's shoulders and move on. Unlike when one does not get a serious work that is widely regarded as a masterpiece - a state of affairs that is likely to lead one to doubt one's intellectual credentials. ( )
  dsc73277 | Apr 23, 2012 |
This was promising to start with, but I found myself getting increasingly irritated with the two dimensional nature of the characters and the total lack of a story, in any of the three books. A series of mildly amusing anecdotes isn't really enough to sustain 400 pages. It felt as if it had been written in a rush, according to a publisher's delivery schedule. ( )
  BecMcQ | May 25, 2011 |
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Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld often reflected on how fortunate he was to be exactly who he was, and nobody else.
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The 2½ 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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Alexander McCall Smith, best-selling author of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, has turned his hand to humour. The delightful result is a creation of comic genius. For in the unnaturally tall form of Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, we are invited to meet a memorable character whose sublime insouciance is a blend of the cultivated pomposity of Frasier Crane and of Inspecteur Clouseau's hapless gaucherie. Von Igelfeld inhabits the rarefied world of the Institute of Romance Philology at Regensburg, a world he shares with his equally tall and equally ridiculous colleagues, Professors Florianus Prinzel and Detlev Amadeus Unterholzer. Their unlikely adventures are described in three deliciously funny instalments: Portuguese Irregular Verbs, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs and At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances.

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