The 13 1/2 Lives of Captain Bluebear

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Vintage, Jan 11, 2001 - Fiction - 702 pages
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A delightfully illustrated cult novel, literary satire and epic adventure.

'Within the first 15 pages I was carried away by the sheer craziness of it all. Some Minipirates find a baby bear with blue fur inside a walnut shell floating on the ocean towards a giant whirlpool. They rescue him and teach him about knots and waves, and that a good white lie is often considerably more exciting than the truth. Then, when he outgrows their ship to such an extent that he is in danger of sinking it, they abandon him on an island with a bottle of seaweed juice and a loaf of seaweed bread. Thus Bluebear comes to the end of his first life and embarks on his second. By the end of the book, he has expended exactly half of his 27 lives. Again and again, Moers confounds our expectations as the narrative twists and turns, travels backwards and forwards in time. Part science fiction, part fairy tale, part myth, part epic, the book is a satire on all these genres and so constantly satirises itself. Very amusing' - Daily Telegraph

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A great read. Moers takes the reader in numerous episodic 'lives', each one a different adventure. While the story and plot can be a bit dragged out (or even nonexistent) the writing is top-notch. Read it like an autobiography, or a demibiography, and the lack of plot will seem normal.

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A delightful book! It really comes off as a children's book with a high vocabulary. It was funny and enjoyable and I mostly loved it. I think I have a few friends who might like this - though it is a little long. The illustrations actually add to it, too, surprisingly.



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Walter Moers was born in 1957 and is a writer, cartoonist, painter and sculptor. He is the creator of the comic strips The Little Asshole and Adolf and his novels include The 13.5 Lives of Captain Bluebear, The City of Dreaming Books and The Alchemaster's Apprentice. He lives in Hamburg.

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