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Captain Pamphile [Paperback]

Alexandre Dumas , Tony Robinson


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May 1 2006 Hesperus Classics
Darkly humorous, Captain Pamphile is a thrilling adventure story, full of sea battles, mutiny, and exotic animals—all led by one of Dumas’ most intriguing creations. In the fashionable social circles of 1831, the vogue is to collect one’s own menagerie, and there is soon a demand for exotic animals from the four corners of the world. Musing on how a monkey, a bear, and a turtle came to inhabit the same Parisian drawing room, Dumas introduces Captain Pamphile, a decidedly unorthodox Provençal sea caption with a flair for “liberating” unusual species from their native shores. The narrative soon gives way to the story of Pamphile’s own life—from his early hunting expeditions to his daring naval hijackings and his aberrant involvement in the local slave trade. French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas who is best remembered for The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press; 1 edition (May 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843911345
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843911340
  • Product Dimensions: 19.5 x 12.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 200 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,283,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

French novelist and playwright Alexandre Dumas (1802-70) is best remembered for The Three Musketeers and The Count of Monte Cristo.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Dumas, the Elder Was A Great Satirist March 21 2007
By Jonathan A. Weiss - Published on Amazon.com
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Captain Pampille sucessfuly utilises a narrative in a narrative to use the anthromophosising of animals as objects of love against the inhuman treatment of oppressed people. Based losely on an historical scam, drawing on American adventure stories and French society and art, the named protagonist tale is of Voltairian survival, Queeq sea management, and Ponzi sales. The animals are amusing and attractive. The portrait of abuse, authority, and cruelty devestating. Yet it is written smoothly, with great with an even charm. Hesperus Press should be praised for bringing this unknown gem to print.

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