4.5 starsAl has such a wonderfully distinctive voice, and he and Larry are so sweet together. I really loved the opportunity to see the world through Al's eyes for a while. An academic myself, the world through Larry's eyes would have been more familiar and mundane. I studied at Cambridge for a few weeks one summer and enjoyed the opportunity to "revisit" it.The pet aspect was a little disappointing, though, having read this for the "Men with Pets" category for the bingo challenge. For at least the first half of the book I was wondering if there'd been a mistake, and then we finally met Minnie. She really didn't have much of a role, unlike some of the animals in other books I've read on the list.