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The most comprehensive book on Tintin as an art
on 11 March 2002
This book is not simply good or informative, it is phenominal.
Each book is studied in incredible detail. The historic background to each story is very concise, as Harry Thompson has researched news events of the period, and Herge's life. This is not simply for idle interest either, the information is tied directly to events within each individual Tintin story, to offer an all round look at the circumstances in which each book was written.
Harry Thompson is quick to call himself a 'life-long Tintin fan.' This may seem irrelevant, and obvious, as he has written a book about Tintin, but in fact this ddevotion to Tintin serves to add the final piece of brilliance to this book. Harry Thompson reveals and analyses shortcomings in some of the Tintin books, but he does not reprimand Herge for this, but instead looks for answers in the events surrounding the books being written. For example, artistic shortcomings in the jungle scenes of the Broken Ear are explained by a lack of paint owing to the war. This love of Tintin and Herge's work allows Harry Thompson to revel in Herge finest moments, and a geniune sense of respect and awe at Herge's work has diffused throughout this book.
This does not mean that negative issues, such as Herge's questionable political stance during and after the war are avoided, they are treated with the same interest and professionalism that every issue is.
The book is excellently written, and Harry Thompson's enthusiasm for Tintin allows this book to inform the reader, and increase their appreciation of Tintin. It will certainly not ruin these books for anyone, as throughout, Harry Thompson maintains nothing but respect and enthusiasm for Herge.