The Pirates! In An Adventure With Napoleon Paperback – 14 May 2009
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Defoe is still one of the funniest writers around (THE GLOSS)
If you have teeeangers who resist the idea of being read to, then leave Gideon Defoe's hilarious The Pirates! book lying around (Frank Cottrell-Boyce The Times) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The Pirates return and this time the Pirate Captain faces his Waterloo.See all Product Description
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Warning, this book has a number of "spit out your tea" funny moments - be careful reading it in public!
Miss them at your peril. Oh and Im quite fond of the pirate with the red scarf now. He's my favourite.
The latest offering in the series is amusing enough, but I can't help feeling Defoe is beginning to run out of ideas. Not much really happens and it isn't all that clever compared to the other "adventures". The ending particularly was an abysmally lazy piece of writing, which was a shame because only a few pages earlier I'd been reduced to tears of laughter at the exchange of letters in the island's newspaper!
Maybe the publishers were hassling Defoe to produce the book as soon as possible and this is the rushed result?
There's nothing wrong with being a one-trick pony, just as long as your one trick remains entertaining.
Defoe's delightful wandering style, with the customary tangents and witty asides, remains into this fourth title, however the main adventurous piratical plot is a little weak and reminiscent of the stories written in english class at school where you start off on a story, but decide you'd rather play football outside, which leaves the story to go from seemingly mid-flow to finished in the space of a few pages.
The pirate captain suffers from the absence of a true antagonist or hearty quest . . .
You can take this book two ways: either it is a clever post-modern antiplot with a unifying ironic joke on the nature of adventure stories & reader expectation; or it is quite boring and a bit of a let down.
Defoe makes a good start by playing with his well-loved formulaic opening, but afterwards the plot dissolves completely as he works to establish a setting that would make Father Ted's 'Craggy Island' look exciting. There's no roaring, no-one gets run-through, and honestly there isn't any kind of pirating at all. A far cry from the triumphs of '...Scientists' or '...Communists'. It's a sea-story set on land about pirates who do no pirating... then it ends.
This book is so disappointing precisely because we know how good Defoe is, and in this volume the gap is wide.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Buy the entire series, they're so, so funny and a nice quick read if you're feeling in a bit of a rubbish mood.Published on 8 Mar. 2014 by shewfleck
I haven't read any of the other Pirates books, but having watched the film (with scientists), I thought I'd give it a try... Read morePublished on 22 July 2013 by rémi
So funny. I can just see Alexander Armstrong and the usual suspects playing The Pirate Captain and his crew. Read morePublished on 30 Jun. 2013 by trop1cal
bought the books after seeing the film, good fun read . . . . . . . . . .Published on 26 April 2013 by kml
I love all these books. My sons love them. The film was fun, but the books are even better still.Published on 24 Mar. 2013 by Amazon Customer
I bought this for my daughter and she couldn't put it down, very light hearted and funny, a real page turner and she can't wait for the next one from the author.Published on 27 Jan. 2013 by Maggie