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Packed full of action and Tintin wears a kilt,
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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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Initial post: 19 Nov 2012 09:40:01 GMT
Last edited by the author on 19 Nov 2012 17:50:41 GMT
A. Oliver says:
Depending upon which link you click to order, there are two different covers, however the reviews show for all versions.
The less modern looking cover is in fact a colour version of the original circa 1940's, not the 1960's redraw.
This version features 1940's cars, boats and trains where as the later 1960's version has vehicles from this later period and more accurate uniforms for police, firemen etc.
I own 4 copies, each version in both English and French, personally I prefer this more original version rather the later and less atmospheric version which is more a work of the translators rather than a Herge creation.
In reply to an earlier post on 20 Nov 2012 19:44:37 GMT
A. Butterfield says:
I'm aware there are different versions, but this is the one I ordered from Amazon UK, and it's the 1960s redraw. People should always be aware of this - and especially be aware of the format/size - when they order a Tintin book, since there are often several.
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