Item description for Fan Tan (Spanish Edition) by Marlon Brando & Donald Cammel...
She was China's most famous pirate. He had nothing to lose. In 1927, "Annie" Doulty was serving a 6-month sentence in Hong Kong's hellish prison when he saves the life of a Chinese prisoner, one of the hired assassins of the ruthless pirate, Madame Lai. As a token of gratitude, Lai makes Annie an unexpected offer: if he collaborates with her in the riskiest and most ambitious piracy act of her life, he will get half the loot. It doesn't take long for Annie to discover that she is as dangerous as she is alluring, and that in order to defeat her he will have to learn to bet on his life as well as he does on the game of fan-tan. This classic sea adventure is the last surprise of an ever-inventing genius, Marlon Brando. Description in Spanish: Ella era la pirata ms famosa de los mares de China. l no tena nada que perder Durante aos, Marlon Brando trabaj junto con su amigo, el guionista y director Donald Cammell en esta novela de aventuras en el mar a la manera clsica: la ltima sorpresa de un genio siempre sorprendente. Si duda, el carismtico actor hubiera encarnado como nadie al protagonista de esta historia: Anatole, "Annie" Doulty, un singular aventurero de comienzos del siglo XX, cuya reputacin se extenda por todo el Mar de la China. En 1927, mientras est cumpliendo una condena de seis meses en un infernal presidio de Honk Kong, Annie salva la vida de un prisionero chino, uno de los sicarios de la astuta y despiadada Lai Choi San. Cuando Annie sale de la crcel, la mujer-pirata le agradecer el favor con una inesperada oferta: si colabora con ella en el acto de piratera ms arriesgado y ambicioso de su vida, le dar la mitad del botn. Annie se embarca en la aventura y descubre que la poderosa Madame Lai es tan peligrosa como seductora y que si quiere vencerla con sus propias armas tendr que saber apostar tan bien en la vida como en el fan tan, el juego de azar en el que ambos son consumados maestros.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.4" Width: 5.9" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.75 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2006
ISBN 9870403697 ISBN13 9789870403692
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More About Marlon Brando & Donald Cammel
Marlon Brando appeared in more than forty films, including <i>The Wild One, A Streetcar Named Desire, </i>and <i>Apocalypse Now, </i> and won Academy Awards for his performances in <i>On the Waterfront</i> and <i>The Godfather</i>. His autobiography, <i>Songs My Mother Taught Me, </i>was published in 1994.<br><br>Donald Cammell, writer, actor, producer, and director, was best known for his films <i>Performance</i>, <i>Demon Seed, </i> and <i>Wild Side</i>.
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Great for the screen May 3, 2008
The story of the making of this novel is as interesting as the book itself -- the tale of a Scottish-American sea captain who signs on with some Chinese pirates in the South Pacific during the 1920s. The late Marlon Brando struck up a friendship with Donald Cammell during the 1960s when the actor was in France shooting The Young Lions. The two eccentrics had many character similarities and decided to collaborate on this ultimately unfinished project. An editor and film historian stepped in and finished the job...
From The Mind Of My Favorite Pirate...I mean...Actor... Aug 15, 2007
I am not really much of a fiction reader, but I had to read "Fan-Tan" since the story came from the mind of Marlon Brando, himself.
It is sad that both men who originally participated in bringing this story to fruition, Marlon Brando and Donald Cammell, are no longer with us. But, how grateful I am for such works that are part of the legacy of wonderful artists such as they both obviously were. And, how grateful I am that David Thomson did such a wonderful job in completing this novel so that it could be made available to us.
Although fiction is not my favorite kind of reading, I enjoyed "Fan-Tan" so much with its intriguing plot and its twists and turns. I found myself looking forward, page by page, to what would come next.
The book is well-paced and full of intrigue. I enjoyed its unique and eccentric characters, including that of Annie Doultry - a character Brando might have played. The book's content is imaginative and downright spicy in some parts. I found the sexual "escapades" interesting, edgy, daring, and surprising. I also enjoyed the descriptive writing and the vivid settings - I was able to picture each scene in my mind's eye.
I think Marlon Brando fans will enjoy reading this book, if for no other reason, to further savor the genius of Marlon Brando.
One last, wild ride! A pearl of a story. Oct 19, 2006
Fun read. A pearl of a wild ride. A must for Brando fans.
Worst opening ever? Aug 16, 2006
You're supposed to be willing to give every book 50 pages or so before giving up on it, right? I seldom give up on novels and usually read the whole thing... usually there is some enjoyment to be had even in a below average book, ya know?
Well, Fan-Tan threw me on the mat and made me say uncle. I can't believe anyone published it. It's like the product of a hundred drunk monkeys with typewriters.
Let me treat you with a portion that really blew my mind.
"His memory was a mess, as full of giant holes as an old sock. Scotland was an accent he loved. On the other hand, he thought a lot about the future. "That is one of my characteristics, Lorenzo," he said firmly to the bum of a Portuguee who occupied the bunk above, all aswamp in his noisome reflections."
You may believe I have taken that passage out of context and this is a great book. You may think I am a simple minded fool who can't handle stream of consiousness writing.
However, I think it is a crime againist humanity that those sentences happened IN A ROW. Also, "on the other hand" needs to have what was in the first hand in the general proximity of the phrase.
I couldn't get very far in this book.
the worst novel ever written? Apr 13, 2006
I have read some bad novels in my time. Spectacularly bad in some cases. Books that made my eyes bleed. Books that made me want to watch TV shows for the rest of my life and never touch the printed word again. Books that were that close to being doused in lighter fluid and sent up in flames.
Nothing, but nothing, has even been quite as bad as this.
Vanity project in the extreme; this should have stayed in the grave with Brando. What on earth was David Thomson (otherwise top notch film historian) doing putting his name to this? I would respect him more if the answer was 'for the cash' than if he ever claims it was because he liked the book.
Do yourself a favour. Stick pins in your eyes for a week rather than read this.