The 2 1/2 Pillars of Wisdom (The Von Igelfeld Trilory #1-3)

Author(s): Alexander McCall Smith

Fiction - Contemporary

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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'There is something almost divinely appealing about the way Alexander McCall Smith writes about daily life in Botswana ... it is hard to think of a contemporary writer more genuinely engaging ... his novels are also extremely funny: I find it impossible to think about them without smiling' Craig Brown, Mail on Sunday.

Alexander McCall Smith is a Professor of Medical Law as well as an author who has written over 50 books on a wide range of subjects. His extraordinary fan base now ranges from Anthony Kiedis (Red Hot Chilli Peppers lead singer) to Martina Navratilova and Alex James (from Blur).

General Fields

  • : 9780349118505
  • : Little, Brown Book Group
  • : Abacus
  • : July 2004
  • : 198mm X 126mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : December 2010
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 823.914
  • : 400
  • : Modern fiction
  • : Alexander McCall Smith
  • : Paperback
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