The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear: a novel
by Walter Moers
(Secker and Warburg, £17.99, 702 pages, hardback; 12 October 2000 ISBN 0-436-27500-7.)
To prepare The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear you will need the following ingredients:
The resultant 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear should be light, airy and entertaining with many graphical interludes and textual oddities throughout. If the mixture fails to rise properly then you may find it best served with a side order of Magic Realism (or, for the less stern, Child-like Wonder).
WARNING: 750 pages is a large number and even the most dedicated bon viveur may find that digesting the entirety of The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear becomes something of a chore. It is recommended that for maximum enjoyment The 13½ Lives be eaten one life at a time - perhaps one per evening.
The 13½ Lives of Captain Bluebear contains some Satire and references to hallucinogenic substances, but carefully chewed is eminently suitable for young and old palates alike.
Review by Stuart Carter.
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