- Publisher: Macmillan Pub Co (Jun. 1976)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 2205069039
- ISBN-13: 978-2205069037
- Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 1 x 22.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,235,879 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
NAB, Tome 12 : Zen Album – 1 Jun 1976
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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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
THE RETURN OF ASTERIX, THE WORLD'S FIRST SUPERHERO: --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The least intimidating of the indomitable Gauls is Cacofonix the bard so he is the one kidnapped and taken to Rome. Asterix and Obelix are hot on their heels though to try and get their bard back. While in Rome they find out that Caesar wants to throw him to the lions at the next games in Circus Maximus, and "only condemned men, lions and gladiators get into the circus," so they train to be gladiators.
The book features fights galore, at which Obelix collects helmets of the people (mainly Romans) he beats as part of a competition with Asterix. The pirates also feature for the first time in the Asterix series.
The story involves a kidnapping, just like the previous adventure Asterix and the Goths did, but this doesn't detract from the story here. The strong, well-defined characters make for some really good jokes, including plenty at the expense of the bard and his bad singing. This is another excellent Asterix story.
Sadly, I lost all my original books some years ago so I'm now collecting them again, from book 1.
I love the re-coloured versions of the early books as it brings them more into line with the newer ones.
Ok - not original, but I prefer the better colouring.
Books 1, 2 and 3 have been done brilliantly - this one - not quite so good.
It does appear to have been re-coloured in a bit of a rush, and not as neatly, or as sharply as the others.
Still a superb book though that I'm pleased to have.
Great story too....
resisting Roman imperialism, and succeed!
Extremely funny also the Romans with their subtle
resistance -- and hereby undermining! -- towards
This is funny on so many levels: the personal (watch
the look on the face of Caesar's son!), the social,
the political, the economic --giving an intelligent
funny description how things function. Because it is
so well researched, on learns also something about
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I wanted a hardback copy of the book, like what was advertised. I received a soft copy instead.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
This are for my grandson who is nine. He loves the Asterix books so was very pleased to receive this one.Published 15 months ago by Lesley Dawson
Bought these for my little lad, shame he cant read them yet, thats my excuse anyway.Published on 3 May 2015 by Michael F.