The Pirates! in An Adventure With Napoleon

The Pirates! in An Adventure With Napoleon

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The Pirate Captain and his merry band of ne'er-do-wells face off against their toughest--but by no means their tallest--challenge yet.

Crushed with disappointment at the Pirate of the Year Awards, our Pirate Captain decides that it's time for a career change. And so with his loyal (if soon-to-be-dismayed) crew, he sets off for St. Helena, a bleak speck of an Atlantic island a thousand miles from anywhere. But the Captain's plan for a quiet island life of beekeeping (yes, beekeeping) is interrupted by the arrival of a new "visitor" to the island--the recently deposed Napoleon Bonaparte. Will the island's twenty-eight-mile circumference be big enough to contain two of history's greatest egos? Has the Pirate Captain finally met his match? And, lest we forget the most important question: which of them has the best hat?

The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon is a swashbuckling tale of lavish tea parties, planning regulations, educational museum exhibits, and naked political ambition. And--unlike all of its thrilling predecessors--there is not much ham involved.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2009], c2008.
Edition: First U.S. edition
ISBN: 9780375423987
Branch Call Number: DEFOE G
Characteristics: ix, 177 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.


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Jun 23, 2009

This is the fourth in the madcap Pirates! series by Gideon Defoe, whose swashbuckling pirates have previously run amok with Charles Darwin, Captain Ahab, and communists. This time around, the dashing Pirate Captain is nursing a wounded ego (he?s lost the Pirate of the Year Awards) on the tropical island of St. Helena. Unfortunately, there?s already another big ego with a sword on the island?the freshly exiled Napoleon Bonaparte. Rivalry ensues. Defoe delights in anachronisms and making fun of sea adventure stereotypes (witness the Pirate Captain?s attempts to win over the residents of St. Helena with a hand-crafted statue of the Queen made from potato chips). Unabashedly juvenile, farcical, nonsensical, even ridiculous, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Napoleon wants nothing more than to make you throw aside your sword with hysterical laughter?but watch out for where it lands since, as the Pirate Captain would be sure to say, the sharp end of a sword can be rather pointy.


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