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The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Rudolf Erich Raspe

Book Overview: 

The stories about Münchhausen were first collected and published by an anonymous author. An English version was published in London by Rudolf Erich Raspe, as Baron Munchhausen's Narrative of his Marvelous Travels and Campaigns in Russia, also called The Surprising Adventures of Baron Munchhausen. It is not clear how much of the story material derives from the Baron himself; however, it is known that the majority of the stories are based on folktales that have been in circulation for many centuries before Münchhausen's birth. (Summary by Wikipedia)

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .The Baron's eyes have retained fire ever since, and appear particularly illuminated when he relates this anecdote.] A hearty blow drew sparks again; the shot went off, and I killed fifty brace of ducks, twenty widgeons, and three couple of teals. Presence of mind is the soul of manly exercises. If soldiers and sailors owe to it many of their lucky escapes, hunters and sportsmen are not less beholden to it for many of their successes. In a noble forest in Russia I met a fine black fox, whose valuable skin it would have been a pity to tear by ball or shot. Reynard stood close to a tree. In a twinkling I took out my ball, and placed a good spike-nail in its room, fired, and hit him so cleverly that I nailed his brush fast to the tree. I now went up to him, took out my hanger, gave him a cross-cut over the face, laid hold of my whip, and fairly flogged him out of his fine skin.

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Suštost minhauzenštine ne opstojava u skladu sa apsolutnošću laži prema kojoj možete obmanjivati sve ljude sve vreme, baš zato što je neistinito tako obmotalo činjenično da se ovo više ne može probiti na videlo. Ona se mahom ne krije ni u instrumentalizaciji krivogovora; ne, jer famozni baron ne zam

احساس می کنم بخش های اولش بیشتر رنگ و بوی خالی بندی داشتن، و به خاطر همین بامزه تر بودن.
هر چی به انتهای کتاب نزدیک می شد حال و هوای کتاب بیشتر شبیه به داستان های طنز فانتزی (مثل گالیور) می شد، و خب هر چند مفرح بود، اما به خوبی بخش های اول کتاب نبود.

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If only Salvador Dalí could have illustrated this book! Or Jack Kirby! Makes Alice in Wonderland seem very 'normal'! But there is also much social commentary here; the social stratification is very pronounced and defined. This book is also what I would call a 'proto' superhero work; and as such it h

After few slower books, it was nice to read something quick and just lose myself in the story. This book was perfect for that. I
enjoyed reading it. I think the reason why I enjoyed reading it this much, was because of the humor. The humor in this book was right up my alley.

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Everybody knows that it’s bad to lie. But Baron Munchausen used to lie with such virtuosity that his lying achieved the state-of-art quality and he is highly respected for this art all over the world.
One evening I missed a bee, and soon observed that two bears had fallen upon her to tear her to piec

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