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The Adventures of Tintin in the Congo [Hardcover]

Herge
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1 Nov 2002 Adventures of Tintin

Join the world’s most famous travelling reporter in two exciting adventures as he heads for the Congo.

The young reporter Tintin and his faithful dog Snowy set off on assignment to Africa. But a sinister stowaway follows their every move and seems set on ensuring they come to a sticky end. Tintin and Snowy encounter witch doctors, hostile tribesmen, crocodiles, boa constrictors and numerous other wild animals before solving the mystery and getting their story.

Join the most iconic character in comics as he embarks on an extraordinary adventure spanning historical and political events, and thrilling mysteries.

Still selling over 100,000 copies every year in the UK and having been adapted for the silver screen by Steven Spielberg and Peter Jackson in 2011. The Adventures of Tintin continue to charm more than 80 years after they first found their way into publication. Since then an estimated 230 million copies have been sold, proving that comic books have the same power to entertain children and adults in the 21st century as they did in the early 20th.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Last Gasp,U.S.; Cmc edition (1 Nov 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0867199024
  • ISBN-13: 978-0867199024
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 24.8 x 31.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,625,268 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hergé  (Georges Remi) was born in Brussels in 1907. Over the course of 54 years he completed 23 albums of The Adventures of Tintin series, which is now considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comics series of all time. With translations published in over 80 languages, more than 230 million copies sold worldwide and a Hollywood movie to its name, Tintin dominates the Comics and Graphic Novels chart even today. Sadly, Hergé died in 1983, leaving his 24th album, Tintin and Alph-Art, unfinished, but his hero continues to be one of the most iconic characters in both adult and children’s fiction.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I'll admit I bought this purely because of all the fuss in the media concerning racism, etc and because I did not know it even existed- I have every other Tintin book.
The plot is relatively simplistic, but then it was early days for Herge and the character was not really fully developed and neither was the storytelling style.
I did not really feel that racism was a central theme in this book at all; just about EVERY other Tintin book has him, as the central character, being portrayed as superior to everyone else, either morally, mentally or physically, it just happens that in this book the characters happen to be congalese natives in grass huts, speaking broken english, employing a witch doctor,etc. I feel what the complainants really want is an apology from Belgium for the entire period of colonial rule (which admittedly was appalling) but thats by the by.
I wasn't too keen on the wholesale slaughter of african wildlife just for fun, even presented in a jocular fashion- tintin accidently wipes out a whole herd of gazelles instead of the one he was supposed to catch for the pot, for example.
But it is important to remember that big game hunting was a popular pastime back then.
modern day concerns were really not on the agenda of the average person when the book was first written.
accept the book for what it is, a cartoon strip written in the 1920s that has very little relavence today aside from a glimpse of social attitudes from the past.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Provokes Thought Rather Than Outrage 6 Aug 2007
By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
The Tintin series starts and ends with different types of weakness. At the end of Herge's career the books are visually elaborate but lack the visual spontaneity that makes Herge's greatest albums so loved; on the other hand, at the beginning they are masterpieces of the comic-book serial form, but they are weaker in terms of plot. Until recently, the earliest of the adventures to be commonly available was Tintin In America, so there was a lot of interest among fans when first Tintin In The Land Of The Soviets and then Tintin In The Congo were republished.

Given the fall of Communism, the right-wing orientation of In The Land Of The Soviets attracts very little criticism now. In The Congo, however, plays on some readers' sensitivity to issues of colonialism, racism and animal welfare. To my mind, condemning this book on the third count is like saying that Jerry should be kinder to Tom. There is some merit to the accusation, though, that this book promotes ideas of colonial paternalism: the Congolese are treated sympathetically, but very much as gullible children. Also, they are drawn with curly hair and thick lips, which might itself be considered offensive in a comic strip drawn today.

Any responsible parent will want to flick through this book before handing it, or reading it, to his or her child, but while there are things here that should probably be explained by reference to their historical context, there is nothing here that I would personally regard as outrageous. Tintin does not mistreat the natives, and Herge's concern regarding the exploitation of indigenous peoples is clear from his depiction of Native Americans in Tintin In America (the next of the adventures to be published).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
You read a book as a child and think it's great. Then you read it as an adult and think oh my how incredibly racist. Enid Blyton, Robert E. Howard and now Herge it seems. There would be as much chance of publishing this book as a new work as there would be of bringing back the Black and White Minstrel Show. The black inhabitants of the Congo are definitely the butt of all jokes. There is humour within but should I feel guilty about laughing?

This work is typical of the 1930's in which it was published. Attitudes to other cultures were a lot different then. At least we like to think they are. This is quite a valuable work providing a telling glimpse into a less globalised and less politically correct society. This book was redrawn in colour from its original drawings in the 1960s and to my knowledge none of the dialogue was changed, meaning even then we were still laughing at ignorant foreigners.

If anyone comes off worse than the natives it's the animals. Tintin thinks nothing of blasting away at antelope, monkeys, lions, elephants and so on, accumulating skins and ivory at a frightening rate. Another example of how attitudes have changed.

Having said all that it's not a bad little story although it is never explained why Tintin goes to the Congo and as for the villain trying to kill him there is no way you will guess his identity in a million years.

Thumbs Up for showing us how far we have come, and how far we have yet to go.
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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Curiosity satisfied 14 Aug 2006
Format:Hardcover
As with a lot of people, I guess, I've bought this book as an adult after being a fan of the books as a child, and out of curiosity at the controversy surrounding it.

Looking at it from a modern perspective, I didn't feel particularly offended by the racism. The stereotypes portrayed are so out of date they become almost meaningless and you don't automatically interpret the negative assumptions. In fact, the arrogance and paternalism of Tintin is just absurd to modern eyes and makes Tintin look foolish and naive rather than the African people. If you've been taught anything about race issues you'll be able to put the story into context and you'll see the racism from the historical perspective rather than taking any inherent malice away from the book.

On the other hand, the attitude towards wildlife is probably more offensive today than it ever was at the time of writing. If Tintin's stance towards Africa's people didn't put you off him, then his lack of respect for its fauna probably will!

As other reviewers say, the story is fairly weak and the overall style is not a scratch on the later books. Still, it's a worthwhile investment for the older fan, satisfied the curiosity for the missing book and makes for an interesting study of the controversial issues. For children it's definitely not the book to start with, but, I don't think it requires the ban that we had to face, especially with the modifications Hergé himself made and the stereotypes it enforced, hopefully long gone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent Herge Tin-Tin.
Published 8 days ago by A. Winsley-wisniewski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good classic story, yes it's controversial, but I wanted it to complete my Tintin collection.
Published 19 days ago by Mr. David S. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars of its time
I bought this to complete my set, but it is very much of its time.many people
may find this offensive.
Published 4 months ago by john bolton
2.0 out of 5 stars Was hoping for a good story, was disappointed
I'm going to be honest - there's not much of a plot, and not much charm either. It's mostly Tintin wandering around shooting animals and shouting at black people. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Brog
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for the fainthearted
This is an interesting Tintin book as it must have been written before any censorship.
The story is a bit haphazard and quite condescending at times. Read more
Published 10 months ago by AMOT ASSOCIATES
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pressie!
Got this for my boyfriend as a Christmas present as it's the only one missing from his collection. He was amazed it was still in print/for sale. Read more
Published 12 months ago by HelenW
4.0 out of 5 stars Present for grandson
as above for Land of Black Gold. I am not going to keep repeating myself as what I wrote for the first book is the same for this
Published 18 months ago by S J Browning
5.0 out of 5 stars Tintin I love it
Tintin is just getting started. He's been read by generations but he's been rediscovered. Don't miss out, he's a cracking good read
Published 18 months ago by Happy shopper
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there is a foreword warning you about the concepts of race and big game hunting at the time the book was written. Read more
Published 19 months ago by A. Billington
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, as much for its 'issues' as anything else.
Neither the best of Hergé's artwork, nor storytelling (although it is a massive improvement over Land of the Soviets), Tintin In The Congo is most notable for the ways in... Read more
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