Asterix And The Actress Hardcover – 6 Apr 2001
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The pint-sized hero Asterix returns in his first new adventure in five years, ready to delight old fans and win armies of new ones.
In his latest adventure the diminutive hero and his less-than-diminutive friend Obelix are celebrating with a joint birthday party back in their Gaulish village and there are some surprising faces among the guest list.
Their celebrations are cut short however when their fathers come into possession of a sword and shield belonging to Pompey, expelled from the Roman Senate by Julius Caesar. Now Pompey is thirsting for revenge, Asterix and Obelix have what he wants and only the charms of a beautiful woman who isn't all that she appears can get the weaponry back. Will Asterix fall for her womanly ways and signal the downfall of Caesar in the process?
It's a joy to see Asterix back in action after all these years and this is a worthy adventure. The great Asterix ingredients are all present and correct--great artwork, a funny script and some great gags--all leading to a satisfying conclusion. Fans will love this book and if you weren't a fan before, you'll fall head over heels for Asterix now. --Jonathan Weir
A cartoon drawn with such supreme artistry, and a text layered with such glorious wordplay, satire and historical and political allusion that no reader should ever feel like they've outgrown it. TIME OUT"
The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames. THE TIMES"
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The whole thing feels like it's on its last legs. Since Goscinny died, the series seems to have been getting continually worse, and this latest outing does nothing to help the situation.
Original writer Goscinny penned dozens of memorable stories, with Uderzo providing the pictures, and together they created the world that Asterix inhabits.
But without Goscinny, Uderzo just doesn't have the narrative skill or imagination to carry it on, so he resorts to more and more outlandish plots and characters, which just don't ring true. Instead of building on the world of Asterix, he's spoiling it.
All of us who grew up with Asterix have to thank Monsieur Uderzo for bringing such a brilliant creation to life. But things have gone so far downhill with his last few books, it's now time he left the plucky little Gaul alone.
If you're not a die hard fan, don't buy it, but rather complete your collection with any one of the older albums. If you have them all, well then you have to buy this one, but only to keep the collection complete.
I just hope they will continue to provide more pleasurable reading.
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I have enjoyed these books for years and this is as good as the rest. Anybody liking a good laugh will enjoy thisPublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by joseph fisher
Dear Amazon UK
The book "Asterix And The Actress" was a little banged on one of the sides. I thought about changing it.
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