The Castafiore Emerald (The Adventures of Tintin) Paperback – 26 Sep 2012
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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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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.
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...
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I needed this for my collection,I shan't explain the story and spoil it for those who haven't read it. If you enjoy Tintin then you will enjoy this I'm sure.Published on 12 July 2013 by Stanleyb
Pun fully intended, this is a gem of a story.
Opting to keep Tintin, Haddock and co. at home in Marlinspike Hall, rather than send them on their usual globe-trotting... Read more
My lil cousin brother wanted this book as he is a huge fan of Tin Tin and has read all the collections apart from the 2 I got from Amazon. Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2011 by Sam