Saturday, August 30, 2008

Firoozeh Dumas' 5 best funny books

Firoozeh Dumas, author of Laughing Without an Accent and Funny in Farsi, named a five best list of funny books the Wall Street Journal.

One title on her list:
Portuguese Irregular Verbs
by Alexander McCall Smith
Anchor, 2003

British author Alexander McCall Smith, best known for his No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency mystery series, reliably brings a light touch to his work, but he gives his comedic instincts full rein in the series named for its first entry, "Portuguese Irregular Verbs." Smith was a longtime law professor at the University of Edinburgh, and here he follows the adventures of Prof. Dr. Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld, an expert in the Portuguese language who feels that he hasn't been accorded the sort of professional respect he deserves. His attempts to correct that shortfall invariably end in priceless indignities -- as when von Igelfeld, on a visit to Fayetteville, Ark., is mistaken for a German veterinarian and finds himself about to operate on a dog.
Read about all five books on Dumas' list.

--Marshal Zeringue