Souvenir book style annotations for 482 miles arranged, as the title indicates, in three geographical parts. This approach has, of course, no concern for chronology so Heloise and Abelard (""maimed"" only) at Nogent can follow an Impressionist favorite (Marcilly) and precede the prehistoric riverain civilizations. The format offers no sense of the development of a people (or a river) and provides a shallow and incomplete summary of industry, resources, etc. in the country (called ""France"" as early as 480 A.D., although subsequently the text explains the ""German"" Franks). Furthermore, it requires some familiarity with French history to hold the reader's attention because the relatively unrelated anecdotes have little in the telling to commend them. Sidetrack sailing.