The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs

Published July 7, 2012 by myliteraryleanings

Review of The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs by Alexander McCall Smith

Overview from In The Finer Points of Sausage Dogs, Professor Dr. Von Igelfeld is mistaken for a veterinarian and not wanting to call attention to the faux pas, begins practicing veterinary medicine without a license. He ends up operating on a friend’s dachshund to dramatic and unfortunate effect. He also transports relics for a schismatically challenged Coptic prelate, and is pursued by marriage-minded widows on board a Mediterranean cruise ship.

My Review:

With this book we rejoin Professor Dr. Moritz-Maria von Ingelfeld and his quest to receive the accolades he feels he deserves for his very important book on Portuguese irregular verbs. Once again, the dear professor made me laugh but even harder this time.

After reading the first book in this series called, you guessed it, Portuguese Irregular Verbs; I knew I had to read the next one.  I found myself laughing out loud during the first half of the book, much to the annoyance of the people who were sitting around me but that is another story.

The best part however was when the professor is mistaken for another professor in an entirely different field—the field of veterinary medicine—and more specifically as an expert in “sausage dogs.” This was especially funny since I knew from the first book that the professor hates this type of dogs. And on top of that, he later discovers that professor he is mistaken for has died recently.

As a result of this unintended misunderstanding, the professor is put into a situation where he is forced to operate on one of these creatures. Clearly out of his depth, he manages to fool a veterinary student but then makes a bigger fool of himself when he leaves the poor creature virtually legless. It was too funny for words. I could go on and on about it but I think it would be best if you read it for yourself. It is a short book and therefore it shouldn’t take you long to read it. It would be great addition to any summer reading list.

Contains: nothing objectionable that I could find.

By the way, if you would like to see a video of the author discussing this series please refer to my earlier post called Portuguese Irregular Verbs.


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