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Alexander McCall Smith

Updated on November 15, 2016

Alexander McCall Smith

Portuguse Irregular Verbes, the Finner Points of Sausage Dogs, At the Villa of Reduced Circumstances

We were planning a trip to Lizbon and in the bookshop I saw this book "Portuguese Irregular Verbs" First I liked the tittle, than read the back cover introduction..

I haven't read any books of Alexander McCall Smith at that time, didn't know much about the author.

I began to read the book that night and felt in love with it:)

The main character of the book ; Herr Doctor Professor von Igelfeld captured my whole attention. He is like Inspector Clouseau or Mr Bean.

The good thing is that; this book is the first of a series. I bought the other books; The finner points of sausage dogs (2nd book) and At the villa of reduced circumstances (3rd book)

I will enjoy reading them:))

My first Alexander McCall book

As I confessed in the introduction part of my hub, I picked this book by its tittle and I think this was a very wise decision as I became acquainted a very good writer and a very enjoyable book..

In the author's web page (www.alexandermccallsmith.co.uk) it is written that

"Welcome to the insane and rarified world of Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology. Von Igelfeld is engaged in a never-ending quest to win the respect he feels certain he is due-a quest which has the tendency to go hilariously astray.

In Portuguese Irregular Verbs, Professor Dr von Igelfeld learns to play tennis, and forces a college chum to enter into a duel that results in a nipped nose. He also takes a field trip to Ireland where he becomes acquainted with the rich world of archaic Irishisms, and he develops an aching infatuation with a Dentist fatale. Along the way, he takes two ill-fated Italian sojourns, the first merely uncomfortable, the second definitely dangerous. "

I found Professor very naïve, optimistic, happy in his own world. His trip to Goa and meeting the Guru was the part I liked most. I felt sorry for him in his unfortunate love affair with the dentist.

1st of the Series

The book relates his early years, a difficult early academic life, stoic resolve to succeed, moderate academic success, various trips, love found and lost, and most importantly his relationships with the other major characters of the book series.

The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency Is Now A TV Series

This first novel in Alexander McCall Smith's widely acclaimed The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series tells the story of the delightfully cunning and enormously engaging Precious Ramotswe, who is drawn to her profession to "help people with problems in their lives." Immediately upon setting up shop in a small storefront in Gaborone, she is hired to track down a missing husband, uncover a con man, and follow a wayward daughter. But the case that tugs at her heart, and lands her in danger, is a missing eleven-year-old boy, who may have been snatched by witchdoctors.

It is a TV series since 2008 and IBDB ranks is 7.5.

Alexander McCall Smith quotes


"You can go through life and make new friends every year - every month practically - but there was never any substitute for those friendships of childhood that survive into adult years. Those are the ones in which we are bound to one another with hoops of steel."

Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

"It is sometimes easier to be happy if you don't know everything."

Alexander McCall Smith, Morality for Beautiful Girls

"She was made for untidy rooms and rumpled beds."

Alexander McCall Smith, The Sunday Philosophy Club

"It was time to take the pumpkin out of the pot and eat it. In the final analysis, that was what solved these big problems of life. You could think and think and get nowhere, but you still had to eat your pumpkin. That brought you down to earth. That gave you a reason for going on. Pumpkin."

Alexander McCall Smith,

"That of all people, it should be him; that took her aback. That the heart should settle on somebody like him; that surprised her. But she was so certain about it, so certain."

A. McCall Smith, Dream Angus: The Celtic God of Dreams

"We all know that it is women who make the decisions, but we have to let men think that the decisions are theirs. It is an act of kindness on the part of women."

Alexander McCall Smith

"The telling of a story, like virtually everything in this life, was always made all the easier by a cup of tea."

Alexander McCall Smith, The Miracle at Speedy Motors

"But don't we often lie to people we love, or not tell them things, precisely because we love them?"

Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

"She had a taste for sugar, however, and this meant that a doughnut or a cake might follow the sandwich. She was a traditionally built lady, after all, and she did not have to worry about dress size, unlike those poor, neurotic people who were always looking in mirrors and thinking that they were too big. What was too big, anyway? Who was to tell another person what size they should be? It was a form of dictatorship, by the thin, and she was not having any of it. If these thin people became any more insistent, then the more generously sized people would just have to sit on them. Yes, that would teach them! Hah!"

Alexander McCall Smith

"Gracious acceptance is an art - an art which most never bother to cultivate. We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving.... Accepting another person's gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you."

Alexander McCall Smith, Love Over Scotland

"Do not act meanly, do not be unkind, because the time for setting things right may pass before your heart changes course.

Isabel Dalhousie"

Alexander McCall Smith, The Careful Use of Compliments

"Be content with who you are and where you are, and do whatever you can do to bring to others such contentment, and joy, and understanding that you have managed to find yourself."

Alexander McCall Smith, The Double Comfort Safari Club

"Traditional Botswana men like ladies who are more traditionally shaped. You and I, Mma. We remind men of how things used to be in Botswana before these modern-shaped ladies started to get men all confused."

Alexander McCall Smith, The Full Cupboard of Life

"Why is it that there are always these problems and misunderstandings between men and women? Surely it would have been better if God had made only one sort of person, and the children had come by some other means, with the rain perhaps."

Alexander McCall Smith, The Kalahari Typing School for Men

"...how sorry she felt for white people, who couldn't do any of this (sit talking with friends and growing melons) and who were always dashing around and worrying themselves over things that were going to happen anyway. What use was it having all the money if you could never sit still or just watch your cattle, and yet they did not know it. Every so often you met a white person who understood, who realized how things really were; but these people were few and far between and the other white people often treated them with suspicion. "

Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency

"A life without stories would be no life at all. And stories bound us, did they not, one to another, the living to the dead, people to animals, people to the land?"

Alexander McCall Smith, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

"There is room in history for all of us."

Alexander McCall Smith

"Regular maps have few surprises: their contour lines reveal where the Andes are, and are reasonably clear. More precious, though, are the unpublished maps we make ourselves, of our city, our place, our daily world, our life; those maps of our private world we use every day; here I was happy, in that place I left my coat behind after a party, that is where I met my love; I cried there once, I was heartsore; but felt better round the corner once I saw the hills of Fife across the Forth, things of that sort, our personal memories, that make the private tapestry of our lives."

Alexander McCall Smith, Love Over Scotland

"Sorry about your sausage dog."

Alexander McCall Smith, The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs

"There is plenty of work for love to do."

Alexander McCall Smith

"You have to leave your heart to get on with it. It's rather like breathing. We don't have to remind ourselves to breathe."

Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

"But that's exactly the problem, retorted Isabel. We're all stuck with the same tired and trusted ideas. If we refused to entertain the possibility of something radically different, then we'd never make any progress - ever. We'd still be thinking that the sun revolved round the earth."

Alexander McCall Smith, Friends, Lovers, Chocolate

"And if there's bad behaviour," Mma Potokwane went on. "If there's bad behaviour, the quickest way of stopping it is to give more love. That always works, you know. People say we must punish when there is wrongdoing, but if you punish you're only punishing yourself. And what's the point of that?"

Alexander McCall Smith, The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

"That is the problem with governments these days. They want to do things all the time; they are always very busy thinking of what things they can do next. That is not what people want. People want to be left alone to look after their cattle."

Alexander McCall Smith, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agenc

"Mma Ramotswe sighed. 'We are all tempted, Mma. We are all tempted when it comes to cake.'

That is true,' said Mma Potokwane sadly. 'There are many temptations in this life, but cake is probably one of the biggest of them."

Alexander McCall Smith, In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

For more quotes: http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/4738.Alexan...

"We all know that it is women who make the decisions, but we have to let men think that the decision

BOOKS

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Tears of the Giraffe

Morality for Beautiful Girls

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency 3-Book Box Set

The Kalahari Typing School for Men

The Full Cupboard of Life

In the Company of Cheerful Ladies

Blue Shoes and Happiness

The Good Husband of Zebra Drive

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