How can one 'review' Papa? All I can do is give my opinion. I thought this was a wonderful book, its cool and slow and spare prose pulls you into the insouciant and priveliged lives of these characters in the Parisian twenties, leading you, with little action and plenty of dialogue, into the workings of their lives and intricate, and cringe-making, riffs of their personal involvements. After reading this, and I had read Old Man, I am now hooked and reading Hem's entire oeuvre. If you like books which are thrilling, plot-driven, or arrive at a 'point', you may not enjoy this. But I believe Hem is one of the top five writers of the 20thC, so I would find it difficult to believe anyone who didn't enjoy this work of his. It is a wonderful, enjoyable, and easy to read meandering through a wonderful 'storyteller's' mind and those of the magical people he creates, and furthermore, into humanity and the smallness and greatness of the very essence of being human itself. You'll wanna get tight and talk rot. Rather.
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