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Title:
The 13 1/2 lives of Captain Bluebear : being the demibiography of a seagoing bear ... and excerpts from the "Encyclopedia of the marvels, life forms and other phenomema of Zamonia and its environs" by Professor Adbullah Nightingale
Author:
Moers, Walter, 1957-
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
13 1/2 Leben des Käpt'n Blaubär. English
Publication Information:
London : Vintage, 2001.

©2000
Physical Description:
702 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
General Note:
This translation originally published: London: Secker & Warburg, 2000.
Language:
English
Added Author:
ISBN:
9780099285328

9781585678440
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

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


Author Notes

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.


Reviews 1

Booklist Review

A blue bear named Bluebear begins his adventures in Zamonia, which was once part of the lands humans know, when small enough to float in a walnut shell bobbing toward a hole in the sea. He is rescued by the Minipirates, who are so small that ordinary sea-goers have no inkling of their mastery of the sea. Eventually, he grows too large to remain with the Minipirates, who regretfully maroon him on an island. In his subsequent travels, he meets fabulous and exotic people, makes friends and loses them, and is aided by a mental copy of Professor Nightingale's Encyclopaedia, his graduation gift from the professor's school. His story is illustrated by a vast number of bizarre black-and-white drawings that complement the chatty, easy prose perfectly. Bluebear still has 13 1/2 lives to go at the conclusion of his narrative because all bluebears live 27 lives, and he keeps the bluebears' secret for their sake. The tone in which the book ends is pleasant, for all adventurers eventually learn to settle down. --Regina Schroeder


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