Captain Pamphile

Captain Pamphile

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by Alexandre Dumas
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781843911340
Publisher:
Hesperus Press
Publication date:
06/28/2006
Series:
Hesperus Classics
Edition description:
ANN
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 0.61(d)

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Captain Pamphile 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Captain Pamphile is a somewhat incoherent novel which mixes the fates of several wild animals kept by some friends of Dumas in an apartment in Paris with the adventures of a french pirate, who at some point acquired and sold some of these animals. This is not a story in the tradition of pirate adventures; Captain Pamphile is not a romantic figure, but unscrupulous and greedy, doing damage to others for his own profit and mostly successful with it. The scenes with the animals, each of which dies at the end, mostly illustrate the strange things these artists try out on the animals. The various sub-stories fail to integrate, and remain somewhat pointless.