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Adventures of Tintin: "The Black Island", "King Ottokar's Sceptre" and "The Broken Ear" v. 2 (Tintin Three-in-one Volumes) [Hardcover]

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19 Mar 1990 Tintin Three-in-one
In this adventure Tintin hears of a robbery at the Museum of Ethnography. A sacred tribal object from the Arumbaya tribe has been stolen. Tintin embarks upon a journey to find out the truth behind the object's disappearance.
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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen young books; New edition edition (19 Mar 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0416148727
  • ISBN-13: 978-0416148725
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 16 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 595,854 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The Broken Ear" is an early adventure of Tintin from 1937 where our hero and his faithful terrier companion Snowy go it alone through a series of perilous episodes (there are brief appearances by the Thom(p)sons and Professor Calculus). The title defect belongs to an Arumbaya Fetish at the Museum of Ethnography which is stolen and then mysteriously returned. When Tintin notices the sacred tribal object now has two perfect ears and our hero is quickly in full Sherlock Holmes mode. However, Tintin is not the only one in search of the real fetish as his path starts crossing that of a pair of mysterious figures. After a series of incidents involving the search for a talking parrot, everyone finds themselves on a ship bound South American way for the Republic of San Theodoros, which happens to be where the Arumbaya tribe lives along the banks of the River Coliflor. There Tintin becomes involved in the political turmoil of San Theodoros and eventually gets around to traveling up the jungle river to find the Arumbayas. Meanwhile, poor Snowy finds that his tail becomes a sore point time and time again.
Overall in "The Broken Ear" the mystery takes something of a back seat to the repeated perils faced by Tintin. I went back and counted them up and on average Tintin faces death or severe physical harm once every three pages in this 64-page story. That might not be a record for our intrepid reporter, but it has to be close.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Increasing Sophistication 18 Jun 2001
By A Customer
In "The Broken Ear", a fetish (idol) is stolen and replaced in a museum arousing Tintin's curiousity when he notices the fetish that has been replaced is not the same as the one that was stolen (by the lack of a broken ear!). In the hunt for the original fetish Tintin travels, for the first time, to the republic of San Theodorus and it's neighbour Nuevo-Rico. In San Theodorus he experiences a volatile political system with constant rivalry between it's two leaders, General Alcazar and General Tapioca. By accident he becomes General Alcazar's trusted Colonel until the scheming of oil companies and arms dealers makes him fall from grace and puts him once again on the trail of the fetish with the broken ear.
Although first published in England in the 1975, "The Broken Ear" was created by Herge in 1935 between "The Blue Lotus" and "The Black Island" and represents a step towards increasing sophistication which was first prompted by Herge's real life friend Chang during the creation of "The Blue Lotus".
Most of the events in "The Broken Ear" have a basis in reality. The main source for inspiration appears to have been the Gran Chaco war (which Herge turns into the Gran Chapo war). In the real Gran Chaco war two oil companies set Bolivia against Paraguay in 1932. They were desperate for drilling rights on disputed territory and the war was a convenient means to an end. The companies inflamed what was an already existing dispute resulting in 100,000 dead over three years of fighting before an armistice was signed in 1935.
Herge's character, the arms dealer Basil Bazarov is most likely based on the real Basil Zaharoff who in the first world war made a fortune by selling arms to both sides.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent 25 Jun 2011
By Alex
The Book Arrived in Great condition with a little stain but i was able to wipe it off. ***** star. money well spent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Stories 15 Jan 2008
By Needler
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Whether you're 7 or 70 these 3 in 1 volume stories are great.Herge had a real talent for using real historical backdrops for his stories which gives them appeal to a much wider audience than just kids upto 12. The prose is strong as is the imagery. The pacing is fast and plots are engaging. 'The Broken Ear' is very enjoyable and you wonder Lucas tipped the wink at this when writing 'Raiders'. The Black Island is good but it's unfortunately (due to it's rewriting in the 60s)a little out of context visually with the 1930s period (Cars, Planes,Trains, clothing etc)of the other 2 stories in this volume (even though it was originally written / published in between 'The Broken Ear' & 'King Ottakar's Sceptre'. Herge always wanted his stories to flow like movies and the more you read of these the more apparent this is. KOS is again a really strong story and very fast paced which kinda sets you up to want to read it again & again
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5.0 out of 5 stars 3 in 1 books are good value and useful size 6 May 2005
By artemisrhi VINE VOICE
Of the three stores the Black Island is my favourite - lots of good action. I lliked it when Snowie drinks the whiskey!
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