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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious, but even worse, boring!, 5 April 2003
This review is from: Tintin in the New World: A Romance (Hardcover)
One of the more pretentious novels I've read in quite a while, this postmodern pastiche of German writer Thomas Mann's novel The Magic Mountain and the popular comic character Tintin is likely to leave fans of both exceedingly disappointed, and general readers bored to death. Basically, Tuten (who was a friend of Tintin's creator, Hergé) started with the notion that the man-boy reporter remained essentially emotionally immature and shallow over the course of his twenty or so adventures. So, he places Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock in Macchu Picchu with a number of characters from The Magic Mountain and has them talk at each other endlessly. The book is subtitled "A Romance", presumably because in it, Tintin falls in love for the first time. There's also an overarching thread where Tintin is apparently supposed to play some role as prophet. The problem is that Tuten is attempting to play with the idea of Tintin as a "real" man, with anger, lust, disillusionment, etc. but the entire book is absolutely stagey, talky, and unreal. Most of it reads like a bad play, with endless monologues in language not heard in at least half a century. It's an interesting idea transformed into a very dull book-an experiment that wouldn't have merited a second look from any editor had it not been for the Tintin affiliation.
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Initial post: 22 Jul 2009 09:20:12 BDT
D. K. Taylor says:
Maybe this wasn't for you, but my teenage sons understand and like it, as it seems to reflect teenage boys.

In reply to an earlier post on 3 Nov 2009 03:17:38 GMT
I'm confused D.K. Taylor. This book is about as far removed from reflecting teenage boys as one could get.
The Tintin comics by Herge are something altogether different to this book, and much better than this snub-nosed, philosophical bore-fest.
Maybe you're commenting on the comics themselves and not this book?

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Jun 2011 21:39:38 BDT
Yeah, review is pretty spot on. Not sure what it's got to do with Tintin. Don't remember him being a womanising murderer who becomes the messiah. Or did I miss that one?

Posted on 9 Nov 2013 01:57:21 GMT
ricadus says:
Just read it and tend to agree. I actually felt a sense of grateful relief when Peeperkorn fell to his death, since it also meant the end of his tedious monologues.
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