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The Last Bookaneer ✮ [PDF] ✩ The Last Bookaneer By Matthew Pearl ✻ – book'a neer' bŏŏk'kå nēr' n a literary pirate; an individual capable of doing all that must be done in the universe of books that publishers authors and readers must not have a part inLondon 1890 book'a neer' bŏŏk'kå nēr' n a literary pirate; an individual capable of doing all that must be done in the universe of books that publishers authors and readers must not have a part inLondon —Pen Davenport is the most infamous bookaneer in Europe A master of disguise he makes his living stalking harbors coffeehouses and print shops for the latest manuscript to steal But this golden age of publishing is on the verge of collapse For a hundred years loose copyright laws and a hungry reading The Last MOBI :Ê public created a uniue opportunity books could easily be published without an author’s permission Authors gained fame but suffered financially—Charles Dickens Mark Twain Robert Louis Stevenson to name a few—but publishers reaped enormous profits while readers bought books inexpensively Yet on the eve of the twentieth century a new international treaty is signed to grind this literary underground to a sharp halt The bookaneers are on the verge of extinctionFrom the author of The Dante Club Matthew Pearl The Last Bookaneer is the astonishing story of these literary thieves’ epic final heist On the island of Samoa a dying Robert Louis Stevenson labors over a new novel The thought of one last book from the great author fires the imaginations of the bookaneers and soon Davenport sets out for the South Pacific island As always Davenport is reluctantly accompanied by his assistant Fergins who is whisked across the world for one final caper Fergins soon discovers the supreme thrill of aiding Davenport in his uest to steal Stevenson’s manuscript and make a fortune before the new treaty ends the bookaneers’ trade forever But Davenport is hardly the only bookaneer with a mind to pirate Stevenson’s last novel His longtime adversary the monstrous Belial appears on the island and soon Davenport Fergins and Belial find themselves embroiled in a conflict larger perhaps than literature itselfIn T he Last Bookaneer Pearl crafts a finely wrought tale about a showdown between brilliant men in the last great act of their professions It is nothing short of a page turning journey to the heart of a lost era.

10 thoughts on “The Last Bookaneer

  1. Katie/Doing Dewey Katie/Doing Dewey says:

    In the same way that the phrase “assassin nuns” made me instantly want to read Grave Mercy as soon as I got to the words “literary pirates” in this book description I knew I had to read The Last Bookaneer Sadly unlike Grave Mercy The Last Bookaneer didn’t live up to my expectations Although this book picked up a little towards the end it was a mostly a very slow read that I was always close to giving up on Here are a few of the reasons it didn’t uite work for meThe dry writing style The writing was objectively good but my subjective experience was not The author’s words didn’t make me picture what was happening He focused on small details that never gave me the whole picture of the person or scene being described He interrupted the story that was being told with uestions from the listener or outside events every time I was becoming absorbed Despite being technically of high uality the writing wasn’t evocative and didn’t make me feel anythingThe feeling of being lectured by the characters I generally love when characters have opinions about books but in this case they felt condescending This could be because much of the book was an older man telling a younger man a story Whatever the reason it felt close to insultingThe lack of awesome The description of this book told me how awesome the bookaneers were The bookaneers and the other characters all tell you how awesome the bookaneers were They’re supposed to be adventurous brave daring They’re supposed to have adventures akin to those spies have in thrillers The actual action didn’t live up to these descriptions This book was a slow starter for me and even when interesting things finally started to happen the dry writing didn’t convey any excitementThe lack of discussion of books Very few of the characters seemed all that interested in books except as a way to make money Even the characters who had opinions about books didn’t seem to have any passion for reading I also didn’t learn as much as I would have liked about how the publishing industry worked at the timeThe weird ending I’m not going to get spoilery here but the ending didn’t work for me Initially I was excited that it managed to surprise me but then it got strange enough I found it unbelievableI’m sad to write such a negative review and wish I had redeeming things to say about this book The premise was fantastic and I wanted to like it but I spent most of the book debating whether to go on This review first published on Doing Dewey

  2. Ray Palen Ray Palen says:

    The author John Milton once said To kill a man is to kill a reasonable creature but to destroy a book is to kill reason itselfMatthew Pearl clearly loves reading and literary history Some of his prior Historical Thrillers involved Charles Dickens Edgar Alan Poe and Dante With his latest release THE LAST BOOKANEER he has created a valentine to books and book lovers He also exposes the dark side of the publishing world circa 1890A young man named Clover commutes by London train each day One of the most pleasant sights of his journey is when he sets eyes on Mr Fergins Fergins wheels a book cart down the train aisle way passing out literary treasures and classics to all those in search of their next read or to simply kill time on their journeyClover befriends Fergins and the bookseller begins to impart his knowledge to his young admirer Fergins tells how the publishing company prior to regulation was a free for all and those who could get their hands on an original manuscript from someone like Twain Shelley or Dickens would have a windfall The sub group of book hunters were labeled bookaneers and Fergins knows all of them at least those that are leftThe novel focuses on these profiteers of the written word as Fergins regales a story for Clover about his trip to the isle of Samoa in the Pacific Islands His journey described his time as sidekick to 'the last bookaneer' a man named Davenport Davenport travels under an assumed name and his target is an ailing and secluded Robert Louis Stevenson Stevenson relocated to the islands primarily for health reasons and is purportedly working on what would be his final manuscriptHowever Davenport and Fergins are not alone After they eventually befriend Stevenson and his staff they are met by a missionary priest who was actually the notorious bookaneer Belial in disguise Belial is there for the same reason to con Stevenson out of is unfinished manuscript upon its' completion The battle is on between the rival bookaneers and is a pleasure to beholdTHE LAST BOOKANEER has it all adventure intrigue historical references and events mystery and thrills You experience everything from typhoons to cannibals along the way and the opportunity to spend time with the legendary Robert Louis Stevenson a famous wit is worth the price of admission A must read for anyone who loves reading and appreciates the long standing history and tradition of book readingReviewed by Ray Palen for New Mystery Reader

  3. Chris Chester Chris Chester says:

    I've never had the occasion to read anything by Matthew Pearl before so what drew me to this book wasn't any kind of hype or pedigree but an earnest fascination with the very concept of a bookaneerIn short there existed for a short time in the western world certain ambiguities or blind spots in copyright law that allowed publishing houses on either side of the Atlantic to publish the works of authors without their permission and for the publisher's exclusive profit Little is actually known about the mysterious agents that would fulfill this role which left Pearl ample room to guide his reader through a multi leveled literary adventureIt's a concept that seems aimed suarely at the habitual bookworm and Pearl's literary arrows do find purchase It's not enough that the narrator is himself transformed by books the main character is a book seller and one of the secondary characters is none other than Robert Louis Stevenson Pearl also weaves in a number of genres into the densely packed tomeThe relationship between Pen Davenport and Edgar Fergins seems the self conscious shadow of Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson The adventures on Samoa aren't uite as romantic as Stevenson's Treasure Island but it certainly evokes the tone There's even a little bit of Heart of Darkness or HP Lovecraft if you know where to lookIn any case I don't think I've been uite as pleased by a book I picked up at random in uite some time Pearl hooked me with the uniue bookaneer premise and then he delivered with a page turner that hit all my soft spots as a book nerd Highly recommend it

  4. Piyangie Piyangie says:

    This is my first book by Matthew Pearl The plot is about a long lost group of literary pirates called “bookaneers” I have two other Matthew Pearl books but the concept of bookaneers and the beginning of Copyright Laws curtailing this strangely notorious profession fascinated me so much in to reading this book first The book opens up in New York with two characters One is a young man called Mr Clover and the other is a middle aged man called Mr Fergins The former is a book reader employed as a railway waiter and the latter is a bookseller who brings a book cart on board of the train They form closeness through their love for books which after certain events eventually leads to the narration of the main plot of the book spoiler The story then switches back to London where Mr Fergins owns his own book stall He comes in to contact with one Mr Penrose Davenport who belongs to the rare species called the bookaneers They form an association and work together A new Copyright Law emerges in the American shore and threatens the bookaneers’ once lucrative secret profession As one last desperate mission before his notorious profession is killed by the Copyright Law Pen Davenport with his associate Fergins sail South Pacific Sea to Samoan Island with the objective of stealing the greatest masterpiece of world renowned author the great Robert Louise Stevenson They are joined by a rival bookaneer named Bilal who has the same intention The story flows with the events of their adventure and finally winds up with an astounding ending giving rise to the uestion who the last bookaneer is The inclusion of Robert Louis Stevenson as a living character is uite fascinating A good description of Samoan Island the life of Stevenson family the lives of the natives and their traditions and the power exerted by German authorities obliuely colonizing the island added further colour to the bookThe writing style of Mr Pearl is praiseworthy It is simple yet elegant It captures your imagination and fixates you so much that you feel you are presently at that very moment is a part of the whole story and that the story is presently being cinematically unrolled before your own eyes It was uite an amazing feelingThe use of language is admirable Mr Pearl has flawlessly grasped the English language of the late 19th Century The use of both spoken and written language is perfectly done to reflect the language style used in that era Adventure intrigue historical information and historical events a good writing style and correct use of language of the historical era makes the The Last Bookaneer an interesting read for everyone who appreciates a good piece of literature

  5. Carly Carly says:

    “When they dreamed of turning iron and metal into gold they called it alchemy The much far fetched dream of turning bound sheafs of plain paper into fortunes they call publishing”Fergins may be only a lowly book cart seller now but in a not too long distant past he was the assistant to one of the greatest bookaneers pirates who profit on the high seas of literature in all of Europe With the copyright laws of Europe and the United States woefully inconsistent there are plenty of opportunities for an unscrupulous man to make a legal pile of money The famous bookaneers don’t always stop with the legal capers they also find steal and forge manuscripts then auction them off to the highest bidders But now the era of copyright free for all is coming to an end The great bookaneer Pen Davenport embarks upon his last mission to travel to the island of Samoa and steal a manuscript from the reclusive and sickly author Robert Louis Stevenson Accompanied by his faithful friend Davenport must engage in a battle of wits with his greatest bookaneer rival and with the author himselfGiven that my blog username is “bookaneer” there was no way I could resist a book with “bookaneer” in the title In The Last Bookaneer the bookaneers aren’t just book borrowers or library users a la Edward Bernays; they’re true criminals even if inconsistent copyright laws mean their actions aren’t necessarily illegal But the I thought about it the I began to wonder about the lines we draw between borrowing books and stealing them I find these bookaneers’ willful defrauding of the authors to be despicable but given that the bookaneers’ activities were mostly legal were their activities really so morally distinct from an inveterate library user? After all both cost the author their profits and both are legal I think the difference is that Pearl’s bookaneers profit from their crimes and make a business out of defrauding authors But does that mean that the only difference is in scale? It’s all a bit uncomfortably tenuous and the book repeatedly explores that theme As Pen Davenport bookaneer extraordinaire puts it“People in the book world always hated the bookaneers because our operations forced them to be honest with themselves about what the whole thing really is that literature and money were two edges of a single sword”Pearl’s ability to create a Victorian voice borders on genius The story reads like a Wilkie Collins novel In fact Pearl is so expert at creating a Victorian perspective that I found the book’s tone uite uncomfortable Much of the story takes place in Samoa and explores the tensions between various colonizers the seething unrest of the native and slave populations and Stevenson’s own interactions with the native Samoans While Stevenson was certainly very broad minded for his time period the “great white chief” flavor of his household setup is certain to leave a bad taste in the mouths of the contemporary reader even though it would be completely anachronistic to write the story differently Even though the narrator cannot shake his own racism the book does present several interesting Samoan characters and a secondary narrator even hints at Fergins’ biasesFergins is a sympathetic narrator and his interactions with the famous bookaneer Pen Davenport have an amusing Holmes Watson rhythm although I think Davenport himself is far similar to Hornig’s Raffles I’m not much of a fan of Raffles and I don’t really understand Davenport’s belief that stealing an author’s manuscript can be considered some laudable venture All the same I enjoyed the way in which Davenport’s arrogance and lack of empathy become a running gag throughout the book The rest of Fergins’ narrative is also full of plenty of gentle humor; for example“Ingenious really”“It did not work though”“That is the problem with ingenuity”Each of the characters including Davenport himself tries to live up to the image that others have of them and their inability to turn fiction into reality is their ultimate tragedyMost of the story is an adventurous Wilkie Collins style romp but a twist so bizarre that it feels like something out of a scifi short story highlights the core theme of the novel an exploration of the true nature of books Are they captured ideas or text bound physical objects? Are they ideas that can be owned or are they meant to be shared? This duality of the concrete and the abstract is utterly mindbending and even confusing in the era of e books At what point does the author become distinct from his creation ideologically or financially? As one character concludes“The moral is this authors do not create literature; they are consumed by it” Note this review is of an uncorrected advanced reader copy While the included uotes may not reflect the final phrasing I believe they speak to the nature of the novel as a whole I received an advanced reader copy of this ebook through Netgalley from the publisher Penguin Group in exchange for my honest review

  6. Erik Erik says:

    Though the premise of this book was fascinating I struggled at times trying to orient myself within its surprising layers Even when I did get my bearings I found myself reading for the sake of reaching the story's conclusion rather than reading for genuine pleasure

  7. Cian O hAnnrachainn Cian O hAnnrachainn says:

    The prose was well formed the voice scented with a hint of Mark TwainAnd yet There is an adventure tale in this novel a preposterous saga that is told by an itinerant bookseller to a railroad porter The premise revolves around copyright laws before 1900 and book pirates out to swipe Robert Louis Stevenson's last manuscript so they can sell it before the new law kicks in and their manuscript stealing becomes illegal Not unlike an unscrupulous literary agent in a way Madness indeed And yet I made it through the first 200 pages and could no longer force myself to keep reading The tale had wit but the pace was too slow The novel was boring and the thought of another 200 pages was too much to endure So I gave up The subtle digs at modern publishing were too distracting for me as were uips about greedy publishers and books becoming too expensive etc etc Readers who do not follow the industry probably won't notice and will likely have an easier time in connecting with the novel It isn't you Last Bookaneer it's me Sorry we had to part but you'll find an audience out there

  8. Ashley Reading Stewardess Ashley Reading Stewardess says:

    I would like to thank First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance readers copy of Matthew Pearl's newest book As with many readers I was first introduced to Matthew Pearl's writing with his novel The Dante Club which I loved Unfortunately I have found his subseuent books that I've read since are hit or miss The Last Bookaneer was a miss for me The premise of the book sound so wonderful and promising but I found the actual execution to be long winded and at times uite boring It wasn't until much past halfway through that the story finally began to pick up and become interesting for meThis is one of those books where readers will either love it or not for this reader I do not love it despite liking the author

  9. Jason Pettus Jason Pettus says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted illegallyMatthew Pearl has made an entire career out of fanciful action packed thrillers set within obscure historical corners of intellectualism his most famous novel continues to be The Dante Club concerning a sort of League of Extraordinary Gentlemen supergroup of Victorian writers who band together to solve crimes; so it should come as no surprise that his latest The Last Bookaneer continues along this same vein with its main framing device being the period in the 1800s after copyright laws had been invented in the US and England but before the countries had decided to honor the other's leading to a shadowy profession of manuscript thieves whose job it was to whisk away famous authors' newest books while still in the production stage in one country so to be legally ripped off and sold by unscrupulous publishers in the otherBut make no mistake this is no genteel steampunk tale told in the back alleys of London or New York; in fact the vast majority of the story takes place on the South Seas island of Samoa after a rumor starts that self exiled author Robert Louis Stevenson has recently completed what many consider the most important novel of his career prompting a number of dueling bookaneers to make a trip to this far flung location in order to attempt a series of con jobs for the purpose of securing said fabled manuscript And this is just the tip of the iceburg of this cleverly metafictional story within a story within a story which very inventively layers surprise twist upon surprise twist even as the story itself is related to us through a narrator telling the story of a narrator telling the story of a narrator A book that on top of everything else makes very astute comments about the state of publishing here in the 21st century and why obsessive book lovers become obsessive in the first place from a pure entertainment standpoint this is one of the most delightful reads I've had in the last year a loving ode to the power of printed books that is a must read to anyone who has ever turned their nose up at the very idea of Kindles It comes with a huge recommendation to one and all and will be uite easily making CCLaP's best of lists at the end of the yearOut of 10 98

  10. Laurie Carlson Laurie Carlson says:

    Do you love to read? Are you a book enthusiast? A voracious reader? Do you just love books? Have you ever wondered about the history of publishing in history? Although this IS fiction Like adventure? All of those fit this book and You are going to LOVE this book This book is an adventure about stealing manuscripts from authors and being able to sell these out from under the authors noses This book is told by a Narrator who takes us and ends up going on this adventure too all over the place While not a typical book I would read but because this is about books which I read the first few chapters in Buzz Books SpringSummer 2015 another one again this absolutely grabbed my attention Believe me if you are not the Adventure type reader but LOVE books you are still going to LOVE this journey You will enjoy this immensely I’m not going to say too much about this book because there is already a lot in the description up above but you should go on this journey and you will never forget it It really makes you wonder if this happened back then Thanks to the publisher Penguin Press and NetGalley for this one

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