The Princess Hoppy or the Tale of the Labrador PDF/EPUB

The Princess Hoppy or the Tale of the Labrador PDF/EPUB

The Princess Hoppy or the Tale of the Labrador [Read] ➪ The Princess Hoppy or the Tale of the Labrador By Jacques Roubaud – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk A postmodern fairy tale might best describe Jacques Roubaud s delightful book The Princess Hoppy, or The Tale of Labrador How else to describe a novel that reads like an Arthurian romance as rewritten A postmodern fairy Hoppy or eBook ´ tale might best describe Jacques Roubaud s delightful book The Princess Hoppy, or The Princess eBook î The Tale of Labrador How else to describe a novel that reads like an Arthurian romance as Princess Hoppy or Kindle Ò 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 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 untranscribed languages Dog, Grasshopper, Duck , tales of unrequited love, allegorical interludes, poems, a playlet, and much But no suspenders, the author promises Finally, there arequestions for readers of the novel, to see how closely they ve been paying attention for ultimately The Princess Hoppy is a giddy inquiry into how we read literary works It is both an old fashioned tale and an ultramodern hypertext, the oldest and the latest thing in fiction Exhilarating T he 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 light and never meanspirited New York Times Book Review A zany jeu d esprit Washington Post Book World Delightful and full of fun Cleveland Plain Dealer One of the strangest books that I have ever had the pleasure of reading completely and finding that I had not quite fully understood just what it is I was reading is Jacques Roubaud s The Princess Hoppy Roubaud takes advantage of language, 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.


10 thoughts on “The Princess Hoppy or the Tale of the Labrador

  1. MJ Nicholls MJ Nicholls says:

    For such a gifted mathematician, linguist, historian and poet, Jacques Roubaud is a wee daftie This novel delights in wordplay, maths problems, storytelling tropes, subverting the reader writer relationship with callisthenic nonsense prose whose games and riddles are either deeply imbedded, or one great confidence trick Mr Roubaud is an accomplished prose poet and Oulipo legend whose Hortense novels might pigeonhole him as a postmodern prankster But his genius runs deeper See, for instance, For such a gifted mathematician, linguist, historian and poet, Jacques Roubaud is a wee daftie This novel delights in wordplay, maths problems, storytelling tropes, subverting the reader writer relationship with callisthenic nonsense prose whose games and riddles are either deeply imbedded, or one great confidence trick Mr Roubaud is an accomplished prose poet and Oulipo legend whose Hortense novels might pigeonhole him as a postmodern prankster But his genius runs deeper See, for instance, his latest book on Mathematics


  2. Eric Eric says:

    Mysteries What goes on in the world What goes on in a book What should go on in a book, anyway At first 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 w Mysteries What goes on in the world What goes on in a book What should go on in a book, anyway At first 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 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 questions 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 secret of everything, stripping away all the silliness to arrive at a surprise declaration of profound love Or not


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