Sunday, September 23, 2007

The Pyrates


Before Guybrush Threepwood, before Captain Jack Sparrow ... there was Captain Avery and Colonel Blood to shiver your timbers and brace the mains'l. Avast thar!

George MacDonald Fraser's Pyrates is a grand farce that rolls in just about every piratical stereotype. Similar in style to his Flashman series, and I think executed almost - but not quite - as successfully.

The delicious juxtaposition in book's dedication gives you an idea of GMF's style ;-)

In memory of the Most Reverend and Right Honourable Lancelot Blackburne (1658-1743)
Archibishop of York and Buccaneer


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