Asterix and the Big Fight
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The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames. THE TIMES" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Also the quality of stories did range from very weak to very strong, but overall an excellent children's comic book, and without question, the most educational. They gave me both a love for history, and more importantly, a love for language, as they are beautifully written indeed, and quite challenging even for literate 10 year olds, as the author did love a multisyllabic word or two. The latin references and play on words are plenty, and they are drenched in witty, wordy humour. They are also quite satirical and loved poking gentle fun at the inhabitants of the country they were set in. Also, importantly, they were never infected with any of this politically correct nonsense (unless they've been re-edited, which I hope sincerely hope not). Not that they are in any way harsh or mean at all, they just loved the humour of being culturally aware, if you like. The books are very proudly French, don't forget, and are quite an insight into what they, comically, think of other nationalities. 'Spain' had a gentle dig at their neighbour's laziness, and 'Britain' portayed us all as simple minded eccentrics with bizarre rituals like tea time. If you want to know their view of the Germans, then The Goths will not disappoint or surprise you.Read more ›
in comic asterix is one of the finest with great humour that mihgt get lost a bit in the translation , it got friendship adventure, sadness , happiness, but most of all humour and an image of the french a bit stereotyped as fighter , like to eat n drink , and quarrel or discuss against any authority which is quite true actually
asterix is great because you can read it as a kid and as adult you ll discover more levels of humour and citation like from those pirate that speak a rough latin (alea jactae est)
so anyway if you are starting with asterix start by this most funny album
There is one village in Gaul that holds out against Roman rule. The Romans hatch a plan. "There's one custom that might come in very useful... it's called THE BIG FIGHT!" The big fight happens when the chief of one village wants to take over another village. He challenges the chief of that village to a big fight, like a boxing match, and the winner takes charge of the other's village. The Romans line up "collaborator and as colossal as the Colosseum" Cassius Ceramix of the village Linoleum for the job.
But because of the magic potion, brewed by druid Getafix, chief Vitalstatistix is invincible, so Cassius Ceramix refuses. The Romans then take out the druid, inadvertently as he gets knocked out by a menhir and loses his memory. Therefore the big fight goes ahead.
Of course it is down to Asterix to get things right again and there is a lot of fun and jokes along the way, as well as the normal clever puns and wordplay. All-in-all another great Asterix story.
This is the 'new' re-coloured edition and I must say what a difference!
The added shading, tonal variations and overall look make this book look as if it has only recently been created.
I noticed the lighting colours particularly.
When Asterix and Obelix are in the forest, they are shaded darker. As they are leaving the forest, the shading changes gradually and in some frames, the figures are lighter on one surface, and darker on another. They literally look 3D. Superb.
Also, when they are in the druids hut, the lighting from the single lamp is fantastic.
A massive upgrade to the original.
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Bought these for my little lad, shame he cant read them yet, thats my excuse anyway.Published 9 months ago by Michael F.
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Cover not fixed to book, many pages stuck together. Only fit for bin.Published 15 months ago by Mr. Dominic Hodgson
Love art work in these books. Where a childhood favourite of mine and reading them again as an adult it's clear why I have such a love of reading.Published 19 months ago by Wez
My 5 and 7 year olds are both crazy in love with Asterix and will hardly let me read them anything else. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Sean-Paul Brankin