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Les Aventures De Tintin, Reporter Du Petit Vingti̬me, Au Congo (French) Mass Market Paperback Р1982

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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Casterman (1982)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2203011025
  • ISBN-13: 978-2203011021
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Mark Arjomandi on 22 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
This was the 2nd Tintin comic book that the Belgian author Herge' (1907-1983) wrote in 1931 after "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets". In this episode the young reporter travels to Congo in Africa and takes on a bunch of gangsters whom he will meet again later in America in the third episode. This particular book has not been widely translated into English because it is considered to be racially charged and demeaning to the African people, and also contains several cruelty scenes to animals. Nonetheless I had to pick this one up since I have all the other books in English and needed to complete my collection of the Tintin books, eventhough I can't read French too well. Many years ago I also had this same book in my mother-tongue (Farsi) and back then as a child never even thought a "comic" such as this to be considered as racist. It was only when I came to the USA that I noticed there are so many sensitive racial issues here where one can easily be tagged as racist based on only a subtle remark. The moral of the story is that if you are politically correct you may as well want to skip this one, but be aware that a few of the other Tintins also had to be modified before their first English publication. (For example "The Black Island" episode, since the first edition from 1934 had apparently misrepresented the British people.)
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2001
Format: Hardcover
The boy reporter makes his second appearance here in the heart of colonial Africa. This time he is trying to "bust" al Capone's diamond racket, something Capone holds against him even when he goes to America.
The artistic ability of Herge' never ceases to amaze, even though the plot is not as well developed as the later adventures. A visual delight which reads marvellously, if you know French of course!
A fine way to start you adventure with the boy reporter
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By Ryan Arthur king on 23 Dec. 2014
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Another successful Christmas present
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By Sylvia F. on 4 Dec. 2014
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I always enjoy Tin Tin
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Get over it! 7 Sept. 1999
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Format: Hardcover
I remember when I was a kid this was one of my favorite tintin books and I gotta admit last night when I read it again after nearly 20 years I still love it. The cartoonish killing of animals didn't bother me then and shouldn't bother any normal kid today either. Gotta admit the way the natives are portrayed though is not PC.
51 of 65 people found the following review helpful
Artistic advance for Herge, but too many dated attitudes 28 Mar. 2002
By darragh o'donoghue - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
'Tintin In The Congo' is something of a taboo for devotees of Herge - how to reconcile the famed humanitarianism and tolerance of the Tintin books with the unthinking racism that informs this adventure? And so there have been attempts to pretend it doesn't exist - you won't find it on the back cover of Tintin books with the other volumes - or to excuse it, by showing how Herge was merely reflecting the attitudes of his time, although, three decades after 'Heart Of Darkness' and the findsings of Roger Casement, it's difficult to justify as naive the (ahem) white-washing of genocidal Belgian colonialism, with the benevolent missionary project celebrated here, full of heroic action-priests. This is certainly the most difficult Tintin to read - watching our hero referring to natives as 'boy'; bullying them into working, and generally abusing them for his mistakes; treating Africa as a big playground where people exist to serve him and animals for the jolly slaughter.
Tintin is on a safari holiday to the Congo. His presence, however, is minsinterpreted by the area's gangsters, who send one particularly unlovely goon to get rid of him, which he attempts to do by raising the natives against Tintin. Among the various trials inflicted on our hero, the most memorable include being hung over a river of hungry crocodiles, being charged by an army of M'hatavus; and precipitating on a branch over steep rapids.
'Congo' is really Snowy's adventure - from his opening struggle with a parrot on board their cruise, Snowy is prominent, getting into scrapes, endlessly rescuing his recklessly adventurous master, at one point even made king by a tribe of pygmies. This focus is appropriate in an environment stuffed with animals; encounters with crocodiles, snakes, monkeys, buffalo, hippopotami, giraffes and rhinos make up the bulk of the action. This has a sinister side - the monkeys bear a striking resemblance to the Africans, whose flock-like instincts, dumb obedience and malleability marks them as barely above the level of animals, their minds as primitive as their way of life.
There are two types of colonialism in this adventure - one, bad, that exploits the natives, treats them as slaves and robs them of their resources; the other, that of Tintin and the missionaries who teach the natives that their home country is Belgium, is benevolent, bringing railways, medicine, education technology, progress. I think it's possible, however, that Herge, contributing to a right-wing Catholic magazine, was straining at his story's ideological limits - the reduction of the train service to a rickety tin-can hardly heralds the success of colonialism; the repeated imagery of holes, trees, fluids (water, rubber seeping from trees), arrows etc., might take on a Freudian dimensnion, suggesting unconscious anxieties behind the optimistic facade - the incident with the buffalos might suggest as much. When Tintin prepares to shoot a rhino, the film camera he had been carrying is turned away - this is an activity best not documented. At one point, a gangster disguises himself as a priest, momentarily suggesting a connection between the two (exploiting) groups. Throughout the story, judgements and observations made by Tintin based on appearances - the wandering of a leopard into a schoolroom; the charge of whooping pygmies - are shown to be inaccurate. The importation of the less pleasant aspects of colonialism - especially militarism - is seen to blow up in the natives' faces.
The well-meaning attempts to ignore 'Congo' is wrong, a denial of history, an attempt to pretend Western Europe was never fundamentally racist. The real shame is that the book is a big improvement on its predecessor - the drawing is much more controlled and imaginative - memorable images include the torchlight revelation of a hunting monkey; the rescue attempt by the priest on two wires over the rapids, with the knife-wielding gangster looking on; the pygmy charge through the forest; the silhouette of Tintin hanging from the rope ladder of a biplane as he escapes a herd of buffalo. Most brilliantly, the landscape often mirrors the action, e.g. the palm trees overlooking the homicidal witch-doctor at night.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Very cool!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 23 May 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Tintin is asked to visit the Congo to report to Le Petit Vingtieme of life there. Instead he ends up fighting natives and wild animals and busts Al Capone's diamond racket.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Another great Tintin for the collector! 6 Jan. 2012
By Minerva - Published on Amazon.com
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Still one of the best comics around. A very fun adventure story set in the Belgian Congo. Some content may be deemed racist, but please bear in mind that at the time of creation, the Congo in Africa was still under Belgian colonial rule. Herge was a Belgian. Most Europeans had not come to terms with Africans, and there is the inevitable condescension toward them and mild racism. Considering the times, you have to make allowances. We are all, a product of our times. Enjoy it for what it has to offer - adventure, mystery, humor, and buy it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
For completion, for fun, and for learning another language 20 Mar. 2013
By F. J. PRISCO - Published on Amazon.com
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It's funny that anyone would call a cartoon from the 1930s 'dated' -- as if typical European attitudes of that time toward Africans wasn't well-known to be ethnocentric and even paternalistic. Since all the Tintin adventures before THE BLUE LOTUS were largely free of meaningful plot or character, there is no way to purge TINTIN AU CONGO of these aspects, which is why this book is often out-of-print; it is what it is, and it can't be any better without turning it into a different book entirely.

So much for literary critique; as a stand-alone book, it would be only a curiosity. But there is the Tintin character [not to mention his faithful dog Milou], and their adventures begin here; those who enjoy the later books will want this not just for completion but for the genuinely hilarious additions to their history. As my daughter remarked, it may be very racist but still very funny. It's often silly, but it is entertainingly well-drawn, and shouldn't be taken any more seriously than a Tarzan film from the same era [which are actually *less* appallingly racist than the original books by Edgar Rice Burroughs].

FWIW, I do find it better to read in a non-native language; the story is simple enough that a bilingual dictionary can get you through, so I have this book in both French and German, but not English ... I guess it isn't all THAT interesting a story :)
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