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Tintin, ethnographic in South America
on 23 March 2012
As a grown man I've just finished collecting all the Tintin titles I owned as a kid, plus a few I never had 'back in the day', and I have to say, that while I've changed lot, and that dreamlike state of childhood innocence is hard to recapture, the Tintin books, on the whole, help me get close. They remain enchanting.
I love the hapless ill-fated villains in Tintin And The Broken Ear, Alonso and Ramon. There's a talking parrot, an amnesiac, and general Alcazar makes what I believe is his first appearance. As usual there's some beautiful 'bandes dessinées' artwork from Hergé, the lushly rendered jungle being very evocative, and he pays his usual attention to detail, basing the 'Arumbaya fetish' on a real statuette from an ethnographic museum that, I believe, he discovered in his locality.
As others have noted, this is one of the better Tintin adventures from Hergés earlier period. I loved them all back in the day, and I still love them now. Whether you're a child reading the Tintin adventures for the first time, or an adult returning to them, they remain enchanting.