Unusual Uses for Olive Oil (Professor Dr von Igelfeld Series)
Alexander McCall Smith
Welcome to the insane and rarified international of Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology. Von Igelfeld is engaged in a endless quest to win the glory he feels definite he's due—a quest which has the tendency to move hilariously astray.
In Unusual makes use of for Olive Oil, von Igelfeld stories a series of new adventures. First, he reveals that his educational rival Detlev-Amadeus Unterholzer has been successful undeserved attractiveness, a scenario that has to be addressed. Then von Igelfeld stumbles towards a romance with Frau Benz, an enthralling widow who owns her own Schloss and a fleet of good-looking cars—that is, until eventually a faux pas lands him at the lessen. Later, whereas at the annual pupil research retreat within the Alps, von Igelfeld fearlessly plunges 3000 toes into climbing historical past, and turns his survival into the topic of inspirational lectures. eventually, at a cocktail party, he's the one type soul who can reduction an unlucky dachshund whose sticky wheels are wanting lubrication.
Alexander McCall Smith’s Professor von Igelfeld is his so much splendidly maddening, ridiculous, and completely encouraged comedian production.
one other instance of an identical thing.’ ‘An very unlikely example,’ stated von Igelfeld. Prinzel nodded. ‘Quite.’ He drew himself up. He was once every piece as tall as von Igelfeld and his bearing used to be nonetheless virtually as amazing because it were after they have been scholars in Heidelberg and he had lower a rushing determine within the Korps. ‘Quite,’ he repeated. ‘Now, this query that my spouse recommended I should still ask. it really is fairly an easy query, yet please, don't feel lower than any compulsion to reply to it. you're completely.
Of going away on a examining occasion comparable to this, is to discover the minds of others. So just remember to hear, in addition to give a contribution, in order that on the finish of the week you could say to your self: i've got discovered whatever actually important.’ there have been nods of contract from a couple of scholars, whereas others expressed their approval of this sentiment via changing glances with their fellows. relocating directly to take care of one or administrative issues, von Igelfeld then sketched out the form of the week.
Cloud that had descended to envelop the construction. He became around; anyone used to be addressing him. Unterholzer. ‘Defenestration,’ stated Unterholzer menacingly. ‘Defenestration.’ Von Igelfeld cried out, yet there has been no one to listen to him other than Unterholzer, who was once now advancing upon him, forcing him to maneuver in the direction of the open window. after which, with a unexpected stream from Unterholzer, von Igelfeld was once defenestrated. He aroused from sleep, sweating with anxiousness. He checked out his watch: it used to be almost immediately after 3, a.
will get out.’ He paused. ‘And in truth one has already are available in. have you ever seemed on your in-tray yet?’ Von Igelfeld had now not. He was once busy engaged on the ultimate draft of a bit for the Zeitschrift and had stumbled on no time up to now for correspondence. The Librarian defined. ‘Professor Unterholzer and Frau Professor Unterholzer have invited each person for dinner – as they did final 12 months. That’s you and Professor Prinzel and Frau Professor Prinzel and me and …’ He hesitated, smiling shyly. ‘Is there anyone.
subject, and that took them to the purpose at which dinner was once served. Over the meal, the dialog used to be congenial, with all people making an attempt to incorporate Aalina in what used to be stated. She proved to be a simple conversationalist, smiling charmingly at anyone who spoke to her and nodding contract with every little thing that the host or hostess acknowledged. For the remainder, she gazed upon Herr Huber with excessive delight, now not noticing, it seemed, that he advised a similar tale two times, as soon as before everything of the meal.