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The Castafiore Emerald (The Adventures of Tintin) Paperback – 26 Sep 2012

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Egmont; 01 edition (26 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1405206322
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405206327
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 0.5 x 29.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 72,967 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Hergé  (Georges Remi) was born in Brussels in 1907. Over the course of 54 years he completed 23 albums of The Adventures of Tintin series, which is now considered to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest, comics series of all time. With translations published in over 80 languages, more than 230 million copies sold worldwide and a Hollywood movie to its name, Tintin dominates the Comics and Graphic Novels chart even today. Sadly, Hergé died in 1983, leaving his 24th album, Tintin and Alph-Art, unfinished, but his hero continues to be one of the most iconic characters in both adult and children’s fiction.


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The late Harry Thompson, Herge's English-language biographer, regarded this as the best Tintin book. Reading it as an adult, it's hard to disagree. It may not have the swashbuckling panache of the Unicorn/Rackham saga, or the nailbiting tension of the moon journey, or the mystical dread of the Inca adventure, but what it lacks in rollercoaster thrills it more than makes up for in character comedy. And it's still a fine detective story.

It's a masterclass in storytelling. Almost nothing happens - a soprano's jewels are stolen and then recovered - but there's never a dull moment. Bianca Castafiore's self-absorption was never so well captured as when she walks into the room where her accompanist has supposedly been practising; instead, he's been playing a tape of himself practising for the benefit of anyone wondering where he is, so that he can hop out of the window, sneak down to the town and bet on the horses; however, Tintin has caught him in the act. The two are standing beside the still-running tape player discussing the matter when Signora Castafiore enters and asks the hapless Herr Wagner why he isn't practising, and Tintin replies that he clearly is, just listen - whereupon the none-too-sharp signora catches herself, apologises to her sweating accompanist and walks out, reassured. Well, it's funny when you read it.

Confining Haddock to a wheelchair means that that sublime grump can't just shove off to sea when it all gets too weird, and meantime Prof Calculus is carrying on his eye-twisting research into the properties of colour TV. It's a beautifully drawn, cleverly plotted and admirably low-key story, relying less on glamorous locations and more on the interplay of character. Herge never displayed his genius so fully as in this book.
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Egotistic opera diva Castafiore invades Marlinspike Hall like a Sherman tank, causing chaos all around her. Poor Captain Haddock is subjected to every grievance under the sun - a broken leg, a vicious parrot, relentless visits by pressmen, not to mention Castafiore's singing. As a mystery story it is full of twists and turns, false leads and red herrings. Excellent.
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Hell is other people

So said Sartre.

Bored of sending Tintin halfway across the globe for every outing, Herge instead adopted the idea of Tintin staying at home. The result? Probably the greatest adventure in the series, packed with wit, humour and biting satire.

In Captain Haddock, we have one of comics' greatest creations on the verge of a mental breakdown, housebound by a twisted ankle, and tormented by a psychopathic parrot and an opera singer who is the living embodiment of Sartre's famous observation.

Tintin himself is strangely subdued, which is no bad thing, content to give a nodding wink to the reader, and equally surprised when his famous sleuthing abilities are found wanting, and the real perpetrators of the crime featured in the story turn out to be something a lot more innocent...

A strong supporting cast of equally amusing characters and eccentrics, lend gravitas to the claim of this being one of the best comic stories of all time...
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Pour ma part, je trouve que ce n'est pas le meilleur album de Tintin, mais on retrouve nos personnages favoris at home, envahis par la Castafiore et son staff, ambiance électrique autour d'un vol de bijoux, humour bon enfant, sympa.
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Captain Haddock invites a group of Gypsies living on nearby rubbish dump to come and stay on a meadow by the stream on his estate. Meanwhile the Captain's nemesis, the Florentine opera star, Bianca Castafiore
invites herself to say at his residences of Marlinspike.
Castafiore and her entourage cause the Captain no end of irritation , but the real adventure comes when her prize jewelry goes missing and it is up to Tintin to unravel the mystery.
With the interplay of the Captain and people like Castafiore , the pet parrot , troublemaking journalists, and the insurance broker , Jolyon Wagg , this Tintin album is hilarious from beginning to finish.
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“The Castafiore Emerald” is easily one of the least exciting Tintin adventures, most of the “plot” revolving around the diva Bianca Castafiore and her annoying or paranoid behavior in various situations at Marlinspike Hall. Hergé's mostly sympathetic depiction of the Roma (Gypsies) might be of some interest, but otherwise this is a real dud.

But sure, I was surprised to learn that Castafiore's trademark, the Jewel Song from “Faust”, actually exist in real life! I noticed that most people who commented it on Youtube were also lured there by “The Adventures of Tintin”. If this is good or bad for the great genius Goethe and his reputation, is perhaps another matter entirely…

Final point. Although I happen to like magpies (you heard me), I can't give this poor excuse for a story more than two stars.
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I have to admit that after going to the Moon and rescuing his friend Chang in Tibet, the stay at home Tintin adventure "The Castafiore Emerald" is relatively tame. It begins with Tintin and Captain Haddock out for a walk and discovering a band of gypsies camped near the rubbish dump. This offends the good captain, who offers the gypsies the use of a large meadow near his hall. However, no good deed goes unpunished and he receives a telegram announcing the imminent arrival of Biana Castafiore, the Milanese Nightingale. Meanwhile, the broken step on the front staircase earns Haddock a badly sprained ankle and the opportunity to roll around the adventure in a wheelchair. The diva and her entourage then descend upon the hall, literally adding insult to injury by giving the captain the gift of a parrot.
As Castafiore repeatedly points out, she has brought along her jewels, including an emerald given the signora by the Maharajah of Gopal. The gypsy fortuneteller had already predicted the theft of the jewels and we expect her prophecy to come true, even though Castafiore is constantly yelling about her jewels missing. But you know that sooner or later this is going to come to pass and then it will be up to our intrepid reporter to solve the case and save the day. Meanwhile, Captain Haddock's life continues to be a string of minor misfortunes and misunderstands thanks to Castafiore, Professor Calculus, the parrot, Thompson and Thomson, and the unwillingness of the local repairman to come out and fix that step.
"The Castafiore Emerald" derives its comedy from the clash of characters with Tintin staying out of the way for the most part.
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