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on 9 August 2015
Another great Herge story. Tintin visits a pseudo Eastern European state where there is a plot to steal the King's sceptre.... usual riveting read. The kids were fascinated with the story and the places. The locations stimulated lots of questions from the kids about where the country was and what the culture was like.
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on 21 February 2018
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on 11 February 2017
One of my favourites, marvelous story.
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on 4 September 2017
I am in the process of collecting the set, this particular one is a really good story, love it !
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on 19 August 2017
Not as good as some of the others Tintin stories, still interesting to read.
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on 11 October 2013
Arrived very quickly and my nephew was very pleased with the gift. I believe that he now has the full set of TinTin books.
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on 26 September 2013
Action from start to finish .great stuff.and still no haddock, but he was just on the horizon.Ottoker? Really Good book.
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on 28 May 2015
Excellent. Thank you
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on 7 August 2015
“King Ottokar's Sceptre” is one of the best Tintin adventures. It's obviously political, and was originally serialized in 1938-39, when Adolf Hitler's Germany had embarked on its policy of aggressive expansion. The message of the story is anti-Nazi. Unfortunately, Hergé decided to collaborate with the Nazis after the German occupation of Belgium in 1940, thereby soiling his post-war reputation.

The plot revolves around two fictitious nations in the Balkans, the peaceful monarchy Syldavia and the aggressive fascist dictatorship Borduria. While Syldavia is mostly based on interwar Yugoslavia (complete with Muslim mosques!), the story contains allusions to Czechoslovakia, Austria and Hergé's native Belgium, making it clear that it's not really about the Balkans at all.

The Syldav language is freely based on a working-class sociolect spoken in Brussels, the king's name Ottokar is identical to that of two Bohemian rulers, and the entire scenario of Borduria wanting to annex Syldavia is similar to Hitler's Anschluss of Austria. Borduria is obviously a stand-in for Nazi Germany (the name of its dictator Müsstler being a combination of Mussolini and Hitler). During the Cold War, Hergé's new allegiances made him subtly change Borduria into a stand-in for the Soviet Union instead!

Above all, “King Ottokar's Sceptre” is a good and entertaining story. The stupidities of the Thompson Twins are kept down at a minimum, and Captain Haddock isn't included at all. He hadn't been invented yet! I know that most Tintin fans love Haddock's blistering barnacles and the bad detectives Thomson and Thompson-with-a-P, but I never liked them. Besides, I fancied the political angle.
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on 1 July 2014
First published in French in 1939, and written at the time that Europe was under the thumb of totalitarianism: Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin.
Tintin is taken through a sequence of strange vents to the mythical Kingdom of Syldavia, which we learn much about in this book. The drawings and information which bring this country to life : a combination between Zenda and Albania , are amazing .
A plot by Fascists based in neighboring Borduria is hatched to unseat King Muskar, involving the seizure of the symbol of the Syldavian monarchy, the mediaeval King Ottokar's Scepter.
Tintin is called to the rescue. Once more these charming comics are an interesting commentary on events at the time, through the eyes of Herge.
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