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on 22 November 2001
This was the 2nd Tintin comic book that the Belgian author Herge' (1907-1983) wrote in 1931 after "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets". In this episode the young reporter travels to Congo in Africa and takes on a bunch of gangsters whom he will meet again later in America in the third episode. This particular book has not been widely translated into English because it is considered to be racially charged and demeaning to the African people, and also contains several cruelty scenes to animals. Nonetheless I had to pick this one up since I have all the other books in English and needed to complete my collection of the Tintin books, eventhough I can't read French too well. Many years ago I also had this same book in my mother-tongue (Farsi) and back then as a child never even thought a "comic" such as this to be considered as racist. It was only when I came to the USA that I noticed there are so many sensitive racial issues here where one can easily be tagged as racist based on only a subtle remark. The moral of the story is that if you are politically correct you may as well want to skip this one, but be aware that a few of the other Tintins also had to be modified before their first English publication. (For example "The Black Island" episode, since the first edition from 1934 had apparently misrepresented the British people.)
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on 23 November 2001
The boy reporter makes his second appearance here in the heart of colonial Africa. This time he is trying to "bust" al Capone's diamond racket, something Capone holds against him even when he goes to America.
The artistic ability of Herge' never ceases to amaze, even though the plot is not as well developed as the later adventures. A visual delight which reads marvellously, if you know French of course!
A fine way to start you adventure with the boy reporter
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on 17 December 2015
I needed this book for lectures on colonialism. It was a difficult book to get hold of because of its perceived racism and I was delighted to receive such a good copy. It fulfilled all my expectations.
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on 28 June 2016
Be aware that this is a small format. Although dimensions are stated, it should be made more clear in the title.
What a dissapointment.
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on 23 December 2014
Another successful Christmas present
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on 19 May 2016
A nice collectible book of Tintin
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on 4 December 2014
I always enjoy Tin Tin
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on 29 March 2015
Genial!
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on 16 March 2015
Good
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