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Asterix and the Laurel Wreath (Asterix (Orion Hardcover)) [Hardcover]

René Goscinny , Albert Uderzo
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28 Oct 2004 Asterix (Orion Hardcover)
Chief Vitalstatistix rashly invites his brother-in-law to dine of a stew seasoned with Caesar's laurel wreath, so Asterix and Obelix must go to Rome to fetch those laurels. Hoping to get access to Caesar, they sell themselves as slaves - but can they do a deal with the corrupt Goldendelicius to swap the laurels for parsley? If so, it will be their own Roman triumph.

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Asterix; New Ed edition (28 Oct 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752866362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752866369
  • Product Dimensions: 29.3 x 22.5 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The 18th album chronicling the much-loved adventures of Asterix and friends.

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Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977.

Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 34 Asterix albums.

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5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the series 2 Mar 2009
As in 'Asterix and Cleopatra,' it begins with a bet which is trifling but of great symbolic importance. Vitalstatistix, accompanied by his wife and bodyguards -- ie Asterix and Obelix -- visits his boorish, nouveau riche brother-in-law in Paris. Homeopathix and his wife Tapioca -- the Mr and Mrs Dursley of ancient times -- have done very well under the Roman occupation and don't care who knows it. This is all too much for Chief Vitalstatistix, who gets drunk and boasts that he will give Homeopathix a dinner in return ... a stew that no amount of money can buy ... seasoned with Caesar's laurel wreath. Hic!

This is such a wonderful opening, and very funny. It takes a swideswipe at the collaborateurs of WWII without losing touch with the good-naturedness of the series, and it perfectly encapsulates what the Asterix books are really about (the best of them, anyway) -- honour, pride and resilience in the face of imperialism.

Nor does the rest of the book disappoint, as it takes us into the very heart of imperial Rome. PG Wodehouse once said that the important thing is to work out what your big scenes are, and here there are big scenes applenty. I love the slave market with its snooty slaves, and our heroes' arrival at the house of the amiable Tiberius and his family, and their efforts to be resold. Then there's the trial scene which is a lovely parody of Roman oratory. And finally there's the last minute appearance by the great man himself -- that wolf, son of the Roman she-wolf -- who under his new wreath of parsley can't help wondering why he feels like a piece of fish.

It's a classic!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Getting up Caesar's nose 12 May 2004
This is the small, compact version of the Asterix 'graphic novel' - it'll fit in a large pocket. Our eponymous hero continues his persecution of the Roman Empire - this time appearing in the Coliseum. If you are a fan, this is up to the normal high standards of graphic humour. If you are new to Asterix, the fantasy and imagery are well worth exploration - one of the charms of the comic genre is the fact that you can revisit it, again and again, and spot things you've missed, rediscovered things you've forgotten. This is artistry of the highest quality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the true greats 22 Oct 2013
This Asterix story can be read again and again, and I have have read it many times over the course of more than 30 years. Its satirical and good natured take on decadent life in ancient Rome, as our two puzzled heroes discover, is written with much warmth and humor, and beautifully illustrated too. The story Begins with a Family quarrel between Chief Vitalstatistix, and his condescending - and too ROme-friendly - Brother in law. The quarrel results in a very drunk Chief boasting that he will Cook his wife's Brother a meal, seasoned with the Laurel wreath of none other than Gaius Julius Caesar. As a result, the Chief's two most trusted men, Asterix and Obelix, go to Rome to try to obtain the piece of organic ornament. Along the way, they become involved with all aspects of every day life in the eternal city, and even sell themselves as slaves in aplan to get closer to the Laurel wreath, which by the cannot be historically proven ever to have decorated the mighty roman ruler's head. Wonderful fun.
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