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  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; New edition edition (5 Sep 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405220988
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405220989
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 1 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,300 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.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mr. O. A. Lewis on 25 May 2011
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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42 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Sordel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Aug 2007
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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50 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Brill Bill on 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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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A. Smithers on 12 May 2004
Format: Hardcover
Tintin in the Congo is a book for Tintin affecionados. Many of the "normal" readers won't even know that the book exists. It's not the best known of the Tintin books due to it's politically incorrect nature. There is no real story to the book, although it does set the scene in a vague way for Tintin in America, introducing the Al Capone story. It is a very early Tintin, and this I think is also a facsimile copy - from before herge recoloured the book. The background is a little boring, and you get the impression herge didn't like this book as much as some of the others. The facsimile is interesting if you have the newer version as you can see all the changes Herge made to make the book slightly more acceptable. It was the last of the Tintins to be translated into English and you can see why. All in all, a book for the Tintin fan, not necessarily the Tintin reader.
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