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Asterix the Gaul [Paperback]

René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo
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21 April 2005
The year is 50BC, and all Gaul is occupied. Only one small village of indomitable Gauls still holds out against the invaders. But how much longer can Asterix, Obelix and their friends resist the mighty Roman legions of Julius Caesar? Anything is possible, with a little cunning plus the druid Getafix's magic potions! Their effects can be truly hair-raising...

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Asterix (21 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752866052
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752866055
  • Product Dimensions: 28.5 x 21.7 x 0.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,584 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As for the English adaptations of Asterix, they represent a real triumph of the translator's art. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge have finessed every allusion and tweaked every joke, so that their cascading English verbal wit seems to come straight from the heart of the original books (Boyd Tonkin THE INDEPENDENT)

A cartoon drawn with such supreme artistry, and a text layered with such glorious wordplay, satire and historical and political allusion that no reader should ever feel like they've outgrown it...It is absurd that these wonderful books were ever out of print, and it's great to have them back (Andrew Mueller TIME OUT)

If you're new to the indomitable Gauls, our favourite is Asterix in Britain, for its wry wit lampooning the Brits (IRELAND ON SUNDAY)

There are plenty of Latin quips and snippets of Roman history, but enough low puns to make the stories as enjoyable as ever (EVENING STANDARD)

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The first album chronicling the much-loved adventures of Asterix and friends.

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
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The appeal of the Asterix books is universal, and timeless. For children there are terrific stories well told, and dazzling illustrations. For adults - the real audience - there are René Goscinny's wonderful jokes and marvellous puns, interspersed with quotations from classical authors, The Bible, Napoleon, Shakespeare and many many more. And Albert Uderzo's illustrations are often simply breathtaking. So, many of the visual ideas in "Asterix and Cleopatra" come from the film "Cleopatra" with Elizabeth Taylor and Rex Harrison. Meanwhile, in "Asterix the Legionary" the pirates' ship is sunk by Asterix and Obelix (again). The image of the pirates on a raft in mid ocean is taken from a 19th Century French Romantic painting in the Louvre, "The Raft of the Medusa", by Géricault. In the French version the pirate captain says to the reader "Je suis médusé" ("I'm gobsmacked"). In English this is rendered equally cleverly as "We've been framed, by Jericho".
Ah, the translations. Asterix owes his success in the English-speaking world to the brilliance of the translators, Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge. They've been responsible for all the Asterix books since "Asterix the Gaul" first appeared in English in 1969, an amazing record. So true is their work to the spirit of the French originals, that it's as though Goscinny and Uderzo had produced the books in English in the first place. Some of the jokes are arguably better in English than in French, especially the names. Having two legionaries called Sendervictorius and Appianglorius, in "Asterix the Gladiator", gives three jokes for the price of two. (Asterix trivia: Anthea Bell is the sister of Martin Bell, the former BBC war correspondent.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Introduction 4 Nov 2005
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I'm a big fan of the series, 'Cleopatra' and 'in Britain' being perhaps the two best of all. It's interesting to see the visual appearance of the characters change through the first half of the book until they reach their final - and best - look.
I'm just writing this to point out that most reviews here seem overpraising. Though good, this is one of the worst of the series, with not much in the way of plot or the ingenuity that at least a few dozen others are full of. If you want to read one Asterix book to see what the fuss is about, it's best to start with another, then read this for completion later on.
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This is the first of the adventures of the little Gaulish warrior, Asterix. Their little village is surrounded by four Roman camps which have not been able to conquer these indomitable Gauls because of the magic potion they drink that gives them super-human strength. The Romans send a spy to find out the secret of their strengh. When he brings back the report, the Romans ambush the village's druid Getafix (who makes the magic potion) and try to get him to make it for them. Asterix leaves the safety of the village to find his friend. He learns of Getafix's being captured by the Romans and arranges to get into their camp, where he surrenders. Enjoy how Asterix and Getafix pull the wool over the eyes of their captures. Enjoy the wonderful "torture" of being Roman captives. And finally, enjoy how they reveal a plot against their arch-enemy, Julius Caesar. It literally is a "hair raising" adventure. Enjoy!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The 1st Asterix book 7 May 2006
The very first Asterix book is a must for anyone who wants to read all the Asterix books. But for those who just want to read one, this may not be for you. The drawing is far cruder than the other books, and the plot is a little thin, although the story introduces all of the characters (except Dogmatix). Maybe not for the newcomer to the Asterix world (because after reading this you may not want to stay), although if you wish to read them all, read this one first.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
'Asterix the Gaul' is the first of 31 adventures published between 1961and 2001. As this is the first book, some of the drawings are a littlecrude compared to the later stories, and some of the favourite features ofthe Gaulish village have yet to evolve. This is a good story, well toldand drawn, but doesn't yet deserve to be considered 'classic' Asterix,like the fourth book 'Asterix the Gladiator' and the sixth book 'Asterixand Cleopatra' and of course many later stories. The tale itself focuseson Asterix and Getafix the Druid fooling the Romans who want to get theirhands on the magic potion which makes the Gauls invulnerable. The newedition re-inks and re-colours the story. A beautiful job has been done ofthis 'restoration'. My original tatty copy (from 1969!) has crudecolouring and in some places careless use of colour where whole parts ofthe characters are just coloured the same. This edition beautifully shadesthe drawings in the style associated with the later books and 'corrects'the colouring of characters such as Vitalstatistix who in my original copywears pink! and now is restored to his chief-like green. I loved this bookwhen I was eight. I love it still (many years older!).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Typical Romans 1 Nov 2007
By Doniaa
I think this book is for 8+ year olds because there are very hard words to read and understand.
Do you want get all of the books like me? (this is only number 1!)
Asterix and his village are based in France 1000 years ago.The Romans try to attack, but always fail because Obelix, Asterix's best friend, mainly fights them away. He can do this on his own because when he was a baby he fell into a cauldren with a liquid that makes you stronger. Asterix has to drink the potion from a bottle like everyone else but it runs out quickly. The Romans got tired of being beaten up. So Julius Caesar has a plan to trick them by dressing one of the Romans like a Gaul!
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