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Asterix And The Actress Hardcover – 6 Apr 2001

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; 01 edition (6 April 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752846574
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752846576
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 0.6 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 354,304 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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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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By A Customer on 11 May 2001
Format: Hardcover
This latest Asterix venture doesn't fare so well. To be honest, it just feels crusty. It makes a perfectly enjoyable read, but unlike the previous books, there seems to be little to make you read it again. There are very few jokes in it, and those that are there are recycled or very obvious. The art, too, has lost some of its quality. A lot of it looks a little flat, and the returning characters seem to be drawn a little differently. Personally I think they were just thrown in for the sake of it.
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.
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By A Customer on 24 April 2001
Format: Hardcover
After a five year gap Asterix has returned in probably one of the slightest books in the series but undoutably one of the funniest. It pails in comparison to some of the earlier books but is still highly enjoyable. Perhaps the jokes are becoming just too sophisticated for some people! Latraviata is surely one of the best creations in the series. Lets hope there are more to come.
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Since Uderzo started producing Asterix books alone, it's become clear that while he is a great visual artist, he's no storyteller.

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.
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I have been hearing some poor reviews of this new installation in the Asterix series, and I must admit that I disagree that this edition is a lackluster attempt at revitalizing the Asterix line of books. I have been an avid Asterix fan for many years, and although I will not say that this book is among my favorites in the series, I think Uderzo did a good job of developing a new and innovative story line. With this installation, the reader learns a lot about Asterix and Obelix's past and about their families. I disagree that the jokes and puns in this book are just reused jokes from previous books; Uderzo plays on the operatic theme of the book (making allusions to Rigoletto and other famous operas) as well as uses some jokes that have become well known staples of Asterix dialogue. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and hope that it will not take another 5 years before the next installation is published.
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A new Asterix album is always something to look forward to, but since Uderzo is on his own, the series is becoming just a faint echo of its haydays, this last one being the worst ever. The story is weak and the few jokes don't offer anything new. Dragging Asterix and Obelix's parents into the plot does not help, on the contrary for me it seems to point out an author run out of fresh ideas.
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.
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excellent story as usual, we done drawings and well published.
I just hope they will continue to provide more pleasurable reading.
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Bought these for my little lad, shame he cant read them yet, thats my excuse anyway.
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all very nice I am very happy about amazon service too. thank you
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