Rodrigo Ramirez Ramirez from São Pedro do Sul, Portugal
My choice in the course.
The actual feature of the three papas in Three Papas in a Boat run down the Thames takes up about a quarter of the book. The other three quarters are comprised of levels, tracks, old chestnuts, and historical soupçons supplied by the novelist. Which is fine, I suppose; they were, in their own way, charming and amusing. But the problem I had with Three Papas in a Boat is, strangely, similar to the one I had with Lewis Carroll’s Alice parables: I could easily miss parts of the book without missing out on any of the feature. In the case of the Alice parables, the scenario made no sense to me, so I wasn’t any more lost if I missed a fragment here and there. With Three Papas in a Boat, the scenario was so slow and so stuffed with outs of the way that I probably could have skipped whole chapters without losing the gossamer of the narrative. The intelligence I really did enjoy about Three Papas in a Boat was Montmorency, the bowwow that accompanied the papas on their outing. He was treated like a fourth person, and whenever he popped up, I smiled. His presences were few and far between, though, and so not enough to redeem the book for me. I should also mention that the book is certainly well written, and for all that it’s rambling and slow, it’s also witty and clever. If you’re in the depression for such things.