Tuesday, 11 September 2012

The Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics

I had not read any of the other Pirates! books or seen the film, so I didn't quite know what to expect when I began to read this title. I was pleasantly surprised. The Pirates! In an Adventure with the Romantics is a delightfully silly tale featuring Byron, "draculas" and stolen book pages.
I loved The Pirate Captain, a hilariously narcissistic buffoon who falls hopelessly in love with Mary Shelley and encourages her love of monster-based fiction. As a librarian, I giggled hysterically through the scenes in the Bodleian library with its latent sexual tension. I also enjoyed the tenuously linked historical facts provided in the footnotes.
As a quick and funny read I very much enjoyed The Pirates! it was very witty, and I would recommend its history mash-up to anyone with a sense of humour, although I think those with some knowledge of history will get the most out of it. I shall go and read the other volumes forthwith!

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