The Last Bookaneer

The Last Bookaneer

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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Near the end of the nineteenth century, two bookaneers--literary pirates seeking authors' manuscripts to steal--are caught up in a colonial war on Samoa as they compete for Robert Louis Stevenson's last manuscript and make a fortune before a new international treaty ends the bookaneers' trade.
Publisher: New York :, Penguin Publishing Group,, 2015
ISBN: 9780698195615
Branch Call Number: Online eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file, rda
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Feb 14, 2017

Loved this book,with its 19th century prose, and brave deeds done on both sides of the law. Did not find the opening slow. The Audiobook reader seems the ideal choice and listening to him is a treat. He brings it all to life wonderfully.

CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jul 05, 2016

This historical action, adventure yarn finds a couple of "bookaneers" on the search for the latest Louis F Stevenson novel; before the copyright laws change with the coming of the new century. A bookaneer is someone who flouts copyright laws to bring "literature to the masses". They never saw it as breaking the law; but others did. Really fast paced and full of action, more like Dante Club than his other titles.

cmlibrary_anickerson Jan 30, 2016

Although the story line seemed to ramble at times, this was an interesting take on 19th century copyright laws and those who sought to operate "above the law".

Jun 23, 2015

I have not enjoyed Matthew Pearl's subsequent books nearly as much as the Dante Club. This one took 200 pages to take off. The first half of the book could be a lot les descriptive and pedantic and a bit more believable. Very slow plot development. Lots of vague action without much build-up or background. Lacking specific details. I did read a book recently on Robert Louis Stevenson's wife, so the bit about Samoa was easier to relate to.

Jun 03, 2015

Pretty good but not nearly as good as I hoped based on the book blurb. I thought it was a bit slow for something that was supposed to be an adventure story.


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CMLibrary_gjd_0 Jan 07, 2016

The more things change, the more they stay the same. This book begins at the dawn of the 19th century when global copyrights will take affect. The European counterfeiters have just found out the Robert Lewis Stevenson has plans to publish a novel. They race to the island Stevenson resides to liberate his novel. More action and adventure than Pearl's usual novels.

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