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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen (1785)

by Rudolf Erich Raspe

Other authors: Gottfried August Bürger

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I bought this book because Neversink Library and Terry Gilliam. I haven't seen the movie yet, somehow, and thought it would be nice to read the book first. I knew almost nothing about it, and as it turns out, this is one of the rare books where I wish the afterword had been the foreword. It would have explained the differences in tone and provided a helpful context for the stories.

I did quite love many of the early stories, the ones, as it turns out, most likely to have been written by Raspe himself. These are the stories with the most in common with tall tales more familiar to American audiences: Pecos Bill, Babe the big blue ox, etc. Grand stories of overstatement and humor. As the book goes on, the tone becomes more satirical, more political, less good-natured, and these stories were almost certainly written by imitators wanting to glom onto the Munchausen "brand."

I did laugh quite a bit, especially in the beginning, and the illustrations are fantastic. The afterword was also very interesting. Treatment of women and black people was poor, even if the most offensive bit was intended to be a satire of slavery.

Would give the first volume 4 stars, the second 3, if I could. ( )
  greeniezona | Sep 20, 2014 |
Z really, really loved this. As did I as a read-aloud. ( )
  beckydj | Jun 26, 2014 |
German noble's amusingly outrageous adventures abroad.
160 B&W illustrations by Gustave Dore
  UniversalCostumeDept | May 13, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Rudolf Erich Raspeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bürger, Gottfried Augustsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Agosti Castellani, Maria LuisaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Öman, V. E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bomans, GodfriedTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carswell, Johnsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cruikshank, GeorgeIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Doré, GustaveIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kredel, FritzIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wood, LeslieIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0486443833, Paperback)

Baron Munchausen's astounding feats included riding cannonballs, traveling to the Moon, and pulling himself out of a bog by his own hair. The Baron's definitive visual image belongs to Gustave Doré, the artist famed for his engravings of scenes from the Divine Comedy, Don Quixote, and other literary classics. 160 black-and-white illustrations.

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