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Solomon Leviathan's Nine Hundred and Thirty-First Trip Around the World (Signed)

Le Guin, Ursula K.; illustrated by Alicia Austin

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ISBN 10: 0399214917 / ISBN 13: 9780399214912
Published by Philomel Books, New York, 1988
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Hardcover with dustjacket. First printing of first edition. SIGNED and inscribed by illustrator Alicia Austin on front endpaper. Book is in As New condition, as is jacket. A bright, crisp copy. Lovely color illustrations throughout. Not price-clipped. 4to. Unpaginated. In protective Mylar. Bookseller Inventory # 14279

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Title: Solomon Leviathan's Nine Hundred and ...

Publisher: Philomel Books, New York

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: First edition.

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A giraffe and a boa constrictor go to sea in a small boat and are swallowed by Solomon Leviathan, the ancient whale who swallowed Jonah and Pinocchio.

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Grade 1-5 A far-fetched, humorous tale of two animal friends, an intellectual giraffe and a boa constrictor, both philosophers, who set out to sea in search of the horizon. Soon, however, they are swallowed by a whale, Solomon Leviathan, the same ancient whale who swallowed Jonah and Pinocchio long ago. To their dismay Solomon tells them he has swum around the world 930 times and has never yet reached the horizon. An elephant they meet in India informs them that the horizon does not exist, but they decide to steam ahead just the same. As the story ends they are still continuing their elusive pursuit, with the two philosophers reciting Runes and Odes and the whale telling tales from history. Language is rich and metaphorical, but a pompous tone and numerous literary allusions and historical references may lessen the story's appeal for children. Watercolor illustrations in deep sea shades of blue, green, and purple capture the quirky humor. Older devotees of the offbeat may appreciate this. Sally R. Dow, Ossining Public Library, N.Y.
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