Tintin: Hergé and His Creation Paperback – 13 Oct 2011
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Praise for Tintin: Hergé & His Creation (---)
'As biographies go, they don't come much more definitive than Harry Thompson's hugely enjoyable account of Tintin' (James Delingpole, Sunday Telegraph)
'Harry Thompson rings all the right bells...a joyous Tintinabulation' (Piers Brendon, Mail on Sunday)
'A major biography...witty and sympathetic' (Jonathan Sale, Financial Times)
'Thompson...is motivated by such admiration for Hergé and such affection for Tintin that his pleasure is communicated. I am keen to reread Tintin in the light of what I know now' (Nicholas Garland, Daily Telegraph)
'A delightful portrait...well-organised and well researched...witty, fascinating and just a little mad...it is more or less impossible not to like this book' (The European)
'As a broad, bright Hergé-like brush-stroke, it has genuine appeal' (Guardian)
'The first book in English on Tintin to have an idea in it' (The Times)
'An admirably organised double biography... For specialists and for the myriad devotees of the stories this book is a must' (Frank Muir, Sunday Express)
'Immensely detailed...it contains a great deal of fascinating information' (GQ)
A fascinating and witty account of the life of Tintin, his creator, and the phenomenon that they became.See all Product Description
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Each book is studied in incredible detail. The historic background to each story is very concise, as Harry Thompson has researched news events of the period, and Herge's life. This is not simply for idle interest either, the information is tied directly to events within each individual Tintin story, to offer an all round look at the circumstances in which each book was written.
Harry Thompson is quick to call himself a 'life-long Tintin fan.' This may seem irrelevant, and obvious, as he has written a book about Tintin, but in fact this ddevotion to Tintin serves to add the final piece of brilliance to this book. Harry Thompson reveals and analyses shortcomings in some of the Tintin books, but he does not reprimand Herge for this, but instead looks for answers in the events surrounding the books being written. For example, artistic shortcomings in the jungle scenes of the Broken Ear are explained by a lack of paint owing to the war. This love of Tintin and Herge's work allows Harry Thompson to revel in Herge finest moments, and a geniune sense of respect and awe at Herge's work has diffused throughout this book.
This does not mean that negative issues, such as Herge's questionable political stance during and after the war are avoided, they are treated with the same interest and professionalism that every issue is.
The book is excellently written, and Harry Thompson's enthusiasm for Tintin allows this book to inform the reader, and increase their appreciation of Tintin. It will certainly not ruin these books for anyone, as throughout, Harry Thompson maintains nothing but respect and enthusiasm for Herge.
The author, Harry Thompson, has written an exhaustive bio of Peter Cook, and a funny book about Cricket too, so I know his writing style appeals and that his interests matched my own - his passing was a loss to people who share his humour and tastes, as I do - so chose this above others on the market, that are more expensive and look rather filled with psycho-babble to me (something Herge despised - he found catharsis more easily through his art than through many sessions of psychoanalysis).Read more ›
I've read all 23 Tintin books. I always enjoy them, but have a feeling that there is more to them than I realise... And now I've read this book, I see so much more. It has made me want to go book a pore over each book, and look in more detail at them. I also feel I know more about Herge/Georges Remi, his context and where Tintin came from.
On top of all that, this book is eminently readable; is an ideal length, and really has something to say, even on a subject that has been written about extensively (albeit less so in English).
I would thoroughly recommend this book to anyone who has read any Tintin book. And, indeed, anyone who hasn't!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For anyone who wants to go beyond just the stories of Tintin.Published 4 months ago by Risborough Ranger
A must for all tintin fans Harry Thomson clearly is a fan and his knowledge of all thong Herge shine through .Published on 21 Jan. 2014 by ross
Bought this for my grandson as he and my daughter are mad Tin Tin fans . . . I had read an excellent review in the press about the book but so far no comment from grandson or... Read morePublished on 7 Mar. 2013 by PatriciaBookworm
What a lovely book! What a great writer and what a sad loss to Britain. This Thing of Darkness by Harry Thompson is, quite simply, brilliant. Read morePublished on 19 Mar. 2012 by Stephen Holmes