Mysteries What goes on in the world What goes on
a book What should go on in a book Atbook What should go on in a book anyway At I was flummoxed frustrated frazzled by this one An exercise in playful postmodernism at its worst I felt all experimental that dreaded phrase that too often becomes an excuse for this doesn t have to make any sense Using the simple trappings of the fairy tale genre Roubaud introduces a number of characters both human animal sets various scenes establishes patterns with mock mathematical precision proceeds towell I m not sure exactly what There are stories
within stories that never resolve anything recognizable dependable is. A postmodern fairystories that never resolve anything recognizable dependable is. A postmodern fairy might best describe Jacues Roubaud's delightful book The Princess Hoppy or The Tale of Labrador How else to describe a novel that reads ike an Arthurian romance as rewritten by Lewis Carroll with enough math puzzles to keep the game reader busy with a calculator for months the tale concerns a princess her faithful dog who happens to be a wiz at math four royal uncles always plotting four royal aunts always potting a The New Song: For the Sunday School, Societies of Christian Endeavor, and Other Religious Exercises (Classic Reprint) lovesick hedgehog named Bartleby two camels named North Dakota and South Dakota four ducks who double as boats thus called doats and an amphibious blue whale named Barbara to name only a few Even the Sun has a speaking role There are dramatic abductions daring rescues passages in hitherto untranscribedanguages Dog Grasshopper Duck tales of unreuited ove allegorical interludes poems a playlet and much But no suspend. Liable to change at any moment It s enough to drive you batty
Why Go Thru Withgo thru with at all Then a revelation By the ending my sensibilities expectations became so completely fried that I just embraced the chaos went with the flow as it were which just got exponentially wackier climaxing in a hilarious series of review uestions that are as pointless as they are ridiculous Justify the choice of bone varieties hidden by the dog unbelievably had me going back to the beginning to start all over again with my fresh attitude outlook The whole thing is book ended by a pronouncement from the tale tail itself that may contain the entire. Ers the author promises Finally there are 79 uestions for readers of the novel to see how closely they've been paying attentionfor ultimately The Princess Hoppy is a giddy inuiry into how we read iterary works It is both an old fashioned tale and an ultramodern hypertext the oldest and the atest thing in fiction Exhilarating The chief pleasures of this book are its narrative inventiveness and vigorously related amusing parodies excellently translated by Bernard Hoepffner Mr Roubaud is a vivid and charming writer who seems to smile as he makes esthetic and philosophical points about the autonomy of fiction and the illusory nature of destiny He is over highly proficient at various forms of humor from the silly to the sophisticated When he does satirize the vanities of society his touch is ight and never meanspirited New York Times Book Review 9 26 93.