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Asterix The Legionary: Book. 10 (Asterix (Orion Paperback)) Paperback – 16 Jun 2005

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  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Children's Books; New Ed edition (16 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752866214
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752866215
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 0.3 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ad van der Rest on 14 Sept. 2004
Format: Hardcover
'Asterix the Legionary' is the 10th of 31 adventures published between 1961and 2001; This adventure is from 1967.
Asterix and Obelix join the Roman Legion to track down a fellow Gaul who has been conscripted to fight in Caesar's African campaign. The Gauls make life insufferable for their Centurion and Drill Instructor as they go through recruit training and then on to Africa.
The story of the Gauls' army adventures are quite superb and their fellow volunteers are also wonderfully characterised; Accompanying the Gauls are a Goth, A Greek, a Briton, a Belgian with a Tintin-like haircut and an Egyptian who cannot speak the language and thinks he is on a package holiday (His speech represented by hieroglyphics). There is much to enjoy in this story, drawing on many stereotypes of army life, including army bureaucracy and army cooking. Of course the Gauls immediately impose their relaxed sense of order on the troops. This adventure is so successful because the strong story carries through without being forced or contrived, as in a few of the weaker adventures.
This re-inked and re-coloured edition does not improve on the original edition as the colouring is a little washed-out. Nevertheless, an excellent story; a classic. I would rate it in the top 5 adventures.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Feb. 2008
Format: Hardcover
One of the very best Asterix stories, all the way back from 1967, Asterix The Legionary is strong in every department - a purposeful story, superb drawings, marvellous secondary characters and - since the boys have joined the Roman Legion in their attempt to bring back the boyfriend of Panacea, who has been recruited into the ranks - there are plenty of Romans to both bash and endlessly frustrate.

The script and names are wittily translated, as ever, into English and there are good running jokes throughout - one at the expense of a hieroglyphic-speaking Egyptian unwittingly conscripted into the army believing the barracks is a hotel, the other around characters constantly breaking down into tears. Needless to say, the journey gives the boys an opportunity to get reacquainted with their old pals the pirates on the way to Rome and again on the return journey. What more can you ask for?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CG on 9 Jan. 2013
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Bought this for my 10 and 8 year olds. I had to read to them initially and I think I laughed the most. I loved these as a child but I think I was probably older as the puns and wordplay is often too subtle for a younger child. Now they are reading them to themselves!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mister Mark on 25 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
This was the first Asterix book i bought as a child, i read this story SO MANY times at night in bed sometimes staying up until 2am on a school night. Thats how good this book it. Funny, well written and the art is second to none.
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My dad used to buy us Asterix books when we were kids and I bought these two for my son as they are not ones I'd read previously and also based on other reviews as amongst the best of the Asterix stories.

Really recommend - the illustrations are so clever and well observed, and carry the humour even without reading the speech bubbles. Much of the wit of these stories is the play on words of the characters' names, which some kids might not always get, but this is one of the reasons why they continue to amuse as a grown up!
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By skandie44 on 29 Oct. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
This is more a complaint about the kindle version than the book itself. I downloaded the book but apart from the front page the content is blank. Emails to Anazon querying this are so far unanswered.
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