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Fan-Tan

by Marlon Brando, Donald Cammell & David Thompson

Fan-Tan by Marlon Brando, Donald Cammell & David Thompson
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2005
    256 pages
    Genre: Novels

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A wholly unexpected, hugely entertaining work from one of the greatest actors of our time: the story of an eccentric early-twentieth-century pirate, on the high seas from the Philippines to Shanghai – a larger-than-life character that Brando could have easily inhabited himself.

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'Throw in a typhoon, a double-cross, a scorching sex scene, hand-to-hand combat and a mad break for freedom, and enthralled readers will be swinging from the rigging along with the rest of the pirates in this rollicking high-seas saga.' - PW Starred Review.

Comment: In 1979, Brando proposed to film director, Cammell, that they collaborate on a China Seas pirate story. They ended up with 165 pages which Cammell worked into an incomplete novel. Brando dropped the project but after the death of both men, Cammell's widow revived it and her publisher, Knopf, hired Thompson to finish up the book.  

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