Mysteries What goes on in the world What goes on in a book What should go on in book anyway At What on in a book 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 fairy tale 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 ovesick 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 thus called doats and an amphibious blue whale named Barbara to name only a few Even the Sun has speaking role There are dramatic abductions daring rescues passages in hitherto untranscribed anguages Dog Grasshopper Duck tales of unreuited ove allegorical interludes poems a playlet and much But no suspend. ,
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Away All The Sillinessall the silliness arrive at a surprise declaration of profound How to Draft Basic Patterns love Or not For such a gifted mathematicianinguist historian and poet Jacues Roubaud is a wee daftie This novel delights in wordplay maths problems storytelling tropes the reader writer relationship with callisthenic nonsense prose whose games and riddles are either deeply imbedded OR GREAT CONFIDENCE TRICK MR ROUBAUD IS AN one great confidence trick Mr Roubaud is an prose poet and Oulipo Crafting Novels Short Stories legend whose Hortense novels might pigeonhole him as a postmodern prankster But his genius runs deeper See for instance hisatest book on Mathematics. A zany jeu d'esprit Washington Post Book World 12 19 93 Delightful and full of fun Cleveland Plain Dealer 12 12 93 One of the strangest books that I have ever had the pleasure of reading completely and finding that I had not uite fully understood just what it is I was reading is Jacues Roubaud's The Princess Hoppy Roubaud takes advantage of anguage expectations of heroic fairy tales and postmodern perspective to create a story rife with intrigue suspense and mathematical puzzles The Princess Hoppy is an irreverent trip through out collective consciousness with elements familiar to everyone but with a bizarre twist making us realize just how it is we go about reading stories I have found the story to be educational and simultaneously fabulously entertaining This is one book that will be read many times and recommended as a positive and fun read Texture Liable to change at any moment It s enough to drive you batty Why go thru with it 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 there are 79 uestions for readers
OF NOVEL TO SEE HOWthe novel to see how they've been paying attentionfor ultimately The Princess Hoppy is a giddy inuiry into how we read A Seat At The Table: A Novel of Forbidden Choices literary works It is both an old fashioned tale and an ultramodern hypertext the oldest and theatest 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 Soul Unchained (Sons of Wrath, light and never meanspirited New York Times Book Review 9 26 93.