Captain Bluebear is a bear with blue fur, a creature as unique as the fantastic adventures he undergoes. Unlike cats, which have only nine lives, bluebears have twenty-seven. This is fortunate, because our hero is forever avoiding disaster by a paw's breadth. In this remarkable book, Captain Bluebear tells the story of his first thirteen-and-a-half lives spent on the mysterious continent of Zamonia, where intelligence is an infectious disease and water flows uphill, where headless giants roam deserts made of sugar, and where only Captain Bluebear's courage and ingenuity enable him to escape the dangers that lie in wait for him around every corner. In company with our indomitable hero, we enter a realm of the imagination that combines the fantasy of "Lord of the Rings and "The Neverending Story with the humour of Baron Munchausen - a wonderland where anything can exist except boredom.
Moers has here produced an inexhaustibly inventive epic tale. Only in one section he became a bit too indulgent in his own wild creativity at the expense of solid pacing. But for the rest of this 700 page work, I was delighted with his writing and illustrations. It contains some of the most uproariously funny moments i've ever read in any book. But just under the surface of this playful tale, I found some almost Coelho-esque commentary on various aspects of life... stuff like: dealing with fear, change, models for viewing life, aging, futility of possession acquisition, nature of civilisation, fame, blind faith, captive mentality and more. For me this give the story a more meaningful dimension, but it can be easily enjoyed without any consideration to this more thoughtful perspective. I also give a lot of credit to John Brownjohn who expertly translated this book into English from the original German.