The Beaufort Diaries

The Beaufort Diaries

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by T Cooper, Alex Petrowsky
     
 

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It may sound like a familiar story—boy goes to Hollywood, boy befriends big star, boy gets almost as famous as big star, boy finds fame tricky—but T Cooper's first illustrated novel is subversively different. For one thing, the "boy" is a polar bear. For another thing, the "big star" is Leonardo DiCaprio. And together, they decide to make an action

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It may sound like a familiar story—boy goes to Hollywood, boy befriends big star, boy gets almost as famous as big star, boy finds fame tricky—but T Cooper's first illustrated novel is subversively different. For one thing, the "boy" is a polar bear. For another thing, the "big star" is Leonardo DiCaprio. And together, they decide to make an action movie…about the environment.

It's a story that's both wacky and edgy, as readers have come to expect from T Cooper (Lipshitz Six or Two Angry Blondes, Some of the Parts). But in this case, Cooper has pushed the envelope even further by enlisting illustrator Alex Petrowsky to help tell the story. Petrowsky's poster-like, full color images combine photos with cartooning and painting for an arresting effect that's both wildly humorous and hypnotically otherworldly.

It is, in short, a compelling tale with an edgy charm and a persevering conscience. And it's all in a lush package, as if T Cooper's gifts for wisdom and humor and social commentary had been boiled down to their essence for a devoted following, then blown up like fireworks for a much wider audience to ooh and aah over.

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"It's a sad state indeed when polar bears have nowhere to go but Hollywood after being forced from their rapidly-diminishing natural habitat. With any luck, Beaufort's epic, instructional journey will help make him the last bear on Earth to have to work for food and survival in the bear-eat-bear film industry."
—Tea Leoni, actor
 
“T Cooper is a prodigious talent, who manages not just to ‘Make it New’ but also to ‘Make it Great.’ ”
—Darin Strauss, author of Chang and Eng and More Than It Hurts You
 
"T Cooper does the kind of thing that drives other writers mad: He takes the bones of stories told many times, in many ways, and shapes them into something singular and breathtaking. . . . Cooper's nearly flawless prose is the meat of this work: It's as if the author challenged himself to test his talents with a scenario that in less able hands would almost necessarily lapse into cliché and cheap satire. Instead, Cooper makes it original, humane, and deeply funny."
Austin Chronicle
 
"An unlikely premise—a polar bear makes it big in Los Angeles and then crashes—but somehow Cooper makes it work. . . . Outlandish and frequently hilarious."
Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews

An unlikely premise—a polar bear makes it big in Los Angeles and then crashes—butsomehow Cooper (Lipshitz Six, or Two Angry Blondes, 2006, etc.) makes it work.

The book is categorized as a graphic novel, but it's more of a novella with illustrations. Beaufort the polar bear lives at the Beaufort Sea and is separated from his mother when an ice floe breaks off due to global warming. Attracted to the glitz and glitter of Los Angeles, he hitches down to southern California and nabs a job waiting tables at the trendy restaurant Nobu. There he's discovered by Leonardo DiCaprio and offered the role of Leo's sidekick in the filmSeparation of Oil and State. The reviews are sensational, and Beaufort rides the wave of celebrity and its over-the-top lifestyle. He hooks up with supermodel Svava and starts turning down plum roles—like the polar bear inThe Golden Compass 2: TheReturn of Whimsy—because he doesn't want to be typecast. (To his chagrin, the role eventually goes to Bigfoot.) Beaufort starts hangin' out with the likes of Demi and Ashton and hits the party circuit hard. His creative juices start to flow, and his ego expands, when he decides that what he really wants to do is write and direct, so he starts crafting a screenplay calledBear, a movie about the war in Iraq starring Shia LaBeouf as a Marine from Alaska "who gets called out by his bunkmates when they discover he secretly sleeps with a stuffed bear that he also totes in his pack throughout their deployment." Unfortunately, the movie bombs, and Beaufort becomes a pariah in Tinseltown—after all, you're only as good as your last film. In his depression and search for meaning, Beaufort turns to Scientology. Although he has a few commercial auditions—including one for Klondike Frozen Novelties—Beaufort feels his life spinning out of control, but he pulls himself together, enters a 12-step program for alcoholism and addiction and writes a one-bear show that becomes an off-Broadway hit.

Outlandish and frequently hilarious.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781935554073
Publisher:
Melville House Publishing
Publication date:
07/06/2010
Pages:
90
Product dimensions:
8.68(w) x 5.90(h) x 0.52(d)

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