Asterix Omnibus 1: Asterix the Gaul, Asterix and the Golden Sickle, Asterix and the Goths Paperback – 7 Jul 2011
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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"
A special collector's edition of three Asterix stories - ASTERIX THE GAUL, ASTERIX AND THE GOLDEN SICKLE and ASTERIX AND THE GOTHS - in one volumeSee all Product Description
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Each adventure is fun to read, but by far my favourite is Asterix and the Goths, where the Gaul and his huge friend (and part time Menhir deliverer) Obelix go to Germania and cause havoc. Every tale is wonderfully illustrated by Uderzo, while the prose by Goscinny manages to cram in plenty of puns, wordplay, and satire - much of it aimed at France's neighbours.
Long time fans of the series, including adults who have long since lost their childhood versions of the books, might be tempted to get these brilliant omnibus editions; but I'm also sure that children and newcomers will enjoy these tales as well, as they haven't dated much despite their age.
By Toutatis, you'll have some fun with these stories!
The first is Asterix the Gaul which introduces many of the themes that follow in the following 30-odd books: the premise of a Gaulish village resisting against the might of the Roman army; the Romans getting a good biffing from those villagers whenever they attempt to take it; Asterix's craftiness; the magic potion as produced by the druid, Getafix, that gives those who drink it great strength; Obelix who has permanently high levels of strength due to falling into the potion as a boy and he can never have it again as the consequences would be tragic, yet he does want it; Obelix's love of wild boar...
The story is good too. It tells the tale of the Romans sending a spy into the village to find out where their great strength comes from which leads to a kidnap plot on the druid, and Asterix gets involved too, but all ends happily with a great banquet to celebrate (another theme carried through into the other books).
The drawings themselves are a little cruder and less refined than the later books, which is understandable given this is the first.
The second is Asterix and the Golden Sickle. Getafix the druid breaks his golden sickle so Asterix and Obelix need to travel to get it from the only sickle maker Getafix considers worthy. That means a trip to faraway Lutetia (Paris). Trouble is that when they arrive the sickle maker can't be found and the only golden sickles they can buy are on the black market at over-inflated and unaffordable prices. This is all bad news because Getafix needs it urgently for the imminent annual druid conference.Read more ›
And how wonderfully enjoyable this re-acquaintance - after a separation of approx two decades - is proving. The three stories collected here, Asterix The Gaul, Asterix & The Golden Sickle, and Asterix & The Goths still enchant, delight and amuse. They appear to have been somewhat updated: in Asterix The Gaul it looks like the artwork itself has been redrawn, and across all three the translations - names and puns - aren't 100% as I recall them.
But despite the very slight changes, the key thing is, for me, that these remain as delightful to me now as they did when first they charmed me, which is going back over three decades now! I look forward to extending my (re)collection!
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perfect book - grandson took it on school camping week, a classic that never datesPublished 12 months ago by BOYLE L
A crowd pleaser for the whole family - favorite character is Marcus Ginantonicus - so many funny characters and jokes for adults and children alike! Started collecting them all. Read morePublished 15 months ago by dadoftwo
Love it! This book arrived in perfect condition on the day arranged. Superb service. If you don't know Asterix, then you are in for a treat! :)Published 18 months ago by matt52