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Breaking Free: The Adventures of Tintin [Paperback]

J. Daniels , Attack International
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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Attack International (April 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0951426109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0951426104
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 14.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,567 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars If you like Tintin, you'll HATE this! 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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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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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 nave, but then, anarchist politics *are* nave.

"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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately unneccessary 9 Dec 2010
Format:Paperback
This is an interesting oddity for the collector of left wing communist thought. However, the inclusion of line art and pictures from popular culture adds little to its narrative exposition of syndicalist theory. The book is written in a style who's inconsistancy is a far cry from most council communist pamphlets (even those written in the 1920's have more grace than this book).
The story, being a mystery-adventure, sees revolutionary theory transplanted from the tradition of Hegel and Marx to a crude version of the Belgian ligne claire style. It's swearking, social unrest, revolution and violence by the numbers, and the reader will feel ultimatelky unsatisfied. The collector may like to add this to his or her collection of Bordigan and left-communist writings in the curio section.
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18 of 28 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Ultimately Unneccessary 2 Feb 1999
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This is an interesting oddity for the Tintin collector. However, the characters and story line owe nothing to Herge'e appearance other than their appearance. The book is drawn in a style who's inconsistancy is a far cry from Herge's drawings (even those drawn in the 1920's have more grace than this book).
The story, being a class struggle, sees our characters transplanted from Marlinspike to a council estate. It's swearking, social unrest, revolution and violence by the numbers, and the reader will feel ultimatelky unsatisfied. The collector may like to add this to his or her collection of Tintin books in the curio section.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Avoid - not written by Herge! 2 Dec 2013
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The first thing to note about this book is that it is not written by Herge and is nothing to do with the original Tintin collection of books. For example one of the Thompson twins is black! It was written in 1989 by jack Daniels, an unknown anarchist. He merely used the Tintin character to get attention and as a way of making TinTin fans buy the book under false pretenses - thinking this was part of the Tintin collection, or a genuine spin-off.

In the book Tintin and Captain Haddock are anarchists, playing a key role in a workers revolutionary movement. Very distasteful use of Tintin and I wouldn't want my kids anywhere near this book! No Snowy either!
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