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Le Tour de Gaule d'Astérix (French) Hardcover – 9 Jun 1999


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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette (9 Jun 1999)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2012100058
  • ISBN-13: 978-2012100053
  • Product Dimensions: 29.9 x 22.5 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,535,362 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Antenna TOP 500 REVIEWER on 20 Dec 2012
Format: Hardcover
As a mature student of French, I read this in an attempt to understand the addiction to "les bandes dessinées" which seems to persist into adulthood even for French literature lovers. I hesitate to repeat what must be widely known - since I had grasped it without reading a single Asterix in the past - that the revered Goscinny has created a "village gaulois" populated by "irréductibles gaulois" who manage to make mincemeat of the entrenched Roman garrisons surrounding them, and fools of the occasional representative of Caesar who comes along with the intention of bringing the villagers to heel. The secret of the locals' success lies in the magic potion prepared by the venerable druid Panoramix, and the exceptional strength of the menhir delivery man, Obelisk, who never needs to take the potion since he tumbled into the brew at berth.

The ensuing tale of the wager for Asterix and Obelisk to tour France without being captured, collecting local specialities on the way as evidence, is pretty silly although amusing, partly in showing one again the French preoccupation with food - all the items collected are edible and listed with gusto at the end: "saucisse de tolosa", "huîtres et vin de burdigala" and so on.

In trying to find an equivalent story embedded in English culture I came up first with Winnie the Pooh, then thought perhaps Dad's Army would be nearer the mark. You may need to be able to associate Asterix with the nostalgia of childhood, and also be a native of France to understand the puns fully. I have at least learned the French for "port" and "starboard" and that, "Je tire ou je pointe?" refers to the game of pétanque.
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By Neil Levy on 13 Jun 2013
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Asterix is great, but the kindle edition is bad. On my ipad mini, the writing is too small to read unless I zoom in, but if I zoom in the letters become fuzzy because the image is low quality. It might be okay on a full size ipad, but on a mini or iPhone it is bad. Given the price, the quality should have been much better.
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Le tour de gaule 16 Aug 2001
By ouelcum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
One more time, a great Asterix. This time, asterix make the Tour de france, and bring some specific food from each part of france. The roman try to stop him & Obelix, but of course they fail. A lot of joke and fun hidden in the book, like all the time. Try to find them.
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A gift 19 May 2013
By hscpbs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book as a gift for a friend of mine who remembered it from 7th grade French class. She loved it.
Middle Schooler loves it 27 April 2014
By Bill - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book hoping to stimulate my 8th grader and encourage some 'alternative' activity in addition to his French II homework and test prep work. Worked better than expected. He took up the challenge and along with some translation tools worked his way through most of the book and says he will start again at beginning when he finishes, Grades have improved too.
Four Stars 24 Oct 2014
By Ted Fickinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
This helps complete our collection of Asterix in French.
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