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The Pyrates by George MacDonald Fraser
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Apr 25, 10

bookshelves: pirates-and-buccaneers, historical-fiction
Read in January, 1995

Very few authors can pull off comedy in historical fiction, but Fraser can. He proved that in Richard Lester's Musketeers movies back in the 70s. I read this book before I knew he wrote those screenplays, and now I can see his style quite clearly. It's insane and anachronistic, and also totally cheeky and infectious.

It helps to have at least a passing knowledge of the swashbuckling greats of Hollywood when reading Pyrates, because the references come fast and furious. I was LMAO throughout, and developed quite a mad crush on Calico Jack, thanks to Fraser's way of giving flair to just about anybody.

The plot....I can't tell you. I don't even remember, this many years out from reading it. But if you're not a hardliner about your historical fiction, this is a literate change of pace without being utterly stupid.
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message 1: by Kerrie (new) - added it

Kerrie I had no idea he wrote the screenplays for those movies, but.... now it's obvious once I think about it.

Karla IKR? :D

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