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5.0 out of 5 stars Packed full of action and Tintin wears a kilt, 31 Jan 2012
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This review is from: L'Ile Noire (Les aventures de Tintin) (Hardcover)
In this story, Tintin has to clear his name when he's accused of a crime. Dupont et Dupond chase him across England and up to Scotland in a typically ludicrous series of adventures culminating on L'Ile Noire itself where the dreaded and fearsome 'bÍte' (beast) is at large (it's not Nessie in case you were wondering) but luckily terrified by the sight of Milou. Well, who wouldn't be...
It's especially interesting for UK readers because this is the only adventure set in the UK. This edition is the revamped version from the 1960s. The original 1940s version was deemed too inaccurate in its portrayal of this country so much of it was redrawn. I haven't seen the original so I can't say whether this is a good thing or a bad thing, but I did hear that the new drawings weren't done by Hergé himself.
This is the (original size) large hardcover version of this book, not the too-small-to-see half size version Amazon also sells.
These books are excellent for anyone learning to read French since the difficulty is moderate, the language used is idiomatic, and the pictures help you understand what's happening. I also find that not being able to read them without a bit of effort makes them much more interesting and almost gives you back the mystery you felt reading them in English as a child.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The original and the best, 19 Nov 2012
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If you buy the version with Tintin standing on the rocks on the front cover, this is the 1943 version, much closer to the 1938 black and white original, except for 4 changes.
If you are buying the version with Tintin in a boat on the front cover, you are buying the 1966 version rewritten by the translators Leslie Lonsdale-Cooper and Michael Turner and redrawn, in conjunction with Herge.
This 1966 version contains some 300 changes including replacing all of the cars, boats, trains and uniforms with more up to date or 'accurate' drawings, not by Herge himself, the 'violence' has been toned down and there are some minor changes to the story.
The 1966 book is less of a Herge work of art and more of a exercise in political correctness and marketing for the English audience and as a result loses much of its original charm.

They are two entirely different books, both good in their own right, personally I own both versions in English and French, but if i had to choose just one, i would go for the 1943 version - Remember, the one with the front cover showing Tintin on the rocks, not in the boat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars L'ILE NOIRE, 29 Nov 2011
This review is from: L'Ile Noire (Les aventures de Tintin) (Hardcover)
I have always been interested in the author Herge,and am now in a position to read it in French. I was delighted with the book, the illustarions were everything I had come to expect, and the language a delight to read. I have in mind to collect the complete oeuvre.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent way to learn French., 29 July 2009
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Modern young readers, brought up on Transformers movies and similar fare, may be put off a bit by the fact that nothing much happens; Tintin basically just hitchhikes his way from Surrey to Scotland, occasionally harassed by an evil doctor. He makes a friend on the titular Isle.
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