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Breaking Free: The Adventures of Tintin Paperback – Apr 1989


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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Attack International (April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0951426109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0951426104
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 704,963 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE ADVENTURES OF TIN TIN. BREAKING FREE

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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Little Eddy on 11 May 2006
Format: Paperback
I love the Tintin books for the grace of the drawing, the dreamlike flow of the plots and the quiet humour, integrity and humanity that lie beneath the surface. The only resemblance to Tintin here is the appearance of a few, at times barely recognisable, characters from Herge's books - barely recognisable in terms of both the draftsmanship of the drawing and the personality of the characters.

I thought this book might be an interesting and humourous twist on Tintin's all-round niceness and probity (I remember once seeing 'Tintin En Barcelona' in a Catalan bookshop and he and the Captain seemed to be getting into bondage and cross-dressing if I remember rightly! Wish I'd bought that one now).

Sadly, this book has no humour whatsoever and is a long and tedious piece of crude agitprop. Is it really an intelligent critique of the system to have Tintin throwing bricks at policeman's heads because they represent 'the system' which must be smashed? I gave up in boredom long before the tedious and predictable end. Let's hope the author one day decides to join the human race
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Laugh out loud fun for adults of a left-wing disposition, and a nice corrective to the early Herge books.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ashtar Command on 25 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
I was surprised to learn that this book has been reprinted, and is available on Amazon. It has even been reviewed by some Tintin aficionados. In my younger days, "Breaking Free" was something of an underground classic. At least according to urban legend, British prime minister Margaret Thatcher actually commented on this book, and said she was "utterly revolted". I'm not sure if I believe that story, but it sure makes for good promotion!

"Breaking Free" was first published in 1989. It's supposedly written by one Jack Daniels, a member of an otherwise almost unknown anarchist group in Britain, Attack International. If this group even exists except in name only, it must be very small. "Breaking Free" mimics and parodies a respectable Belgian cartoon, The Adventures of Tintin. In Jack Daniels' version, Tintin and Captain Haddock are anarchist revolutionaries, and one of the Thompson Twins is Black! Some of the other characters are also pilfered from the original cartoon. The union boss Jones looks like Frank Wolff from "Destination Moon". Some other characters are peculiar to "Breaking Free", including the lesbian Nicky. As several other reviewers have pointed out, Tintin's dog Snowy isn't included (except on the cover).

Of course, the plot of "Breaking Free" has absolutely nothing in common with the original Tintin. The Tintin rip-off is a commercial trick to make the book more interesting. Otherwise, it's a fairly straightforward anarchist story. And yes, the political message is supposed to be taken seriously. It's very naïve, but then, anarchist politics *are* naïve.

"Breaking Free" is about an anarchist revolution in Britain which starts as a protest against corrupt management and inefficient labor unions on one single worksite.
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