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4.0 out of 5 stars Of its time, but still an essential for the tintin collector, 25 May 2011
This review is from: Tintin in the Congo (The Adventures of Tintin) (Hardcover)
I'll admit I bought this purely because of all the fuss in the media concerning racism, etc and because I did not know it even existed- I have every other Tintin book.
The plot is relatively simplistic, but then it was early days for Herge and the character was not really fully developed and neither was the storytelling style.
I did not really feel that racism was a central theme in this book at all; just about EVERY other Tintin book has him, as the central character, being portrayed as superior to everyone else, either morally, mentally or physically, it just happens that in this book the characters happen to be congalese natives in grass huts, speaking broken english, employing a witch doctor,etc. I feel what the complainants really want is an apology from Belgium for the entire period of colonial rule (which admittedly was appalling) but thats by the by.
I wasn't too keen on the wholesale slaughter of african wildlife just for fun, even presented in a jocular fashion- tintin accidently wipes out a whole herd of gazelles instead of the one he was supposed to catch for the pot, for example.
But it is important to remember that big game hunting was a popular pastime back then.
modern day concerns were really not on the agenda of the average person when the book was first written.
accept the book for what it is, a cartoon strip written in the 1920s that has very little relavence today aside from a glimpse of social attitudes from the past.
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Initial post: 25 Oct 2011 21:15:58 BDT
Renzo says:
I seem to recall Tony Blair in hand-wringing mode apologising to anyone who'd listen for Britain's role in Slavery.
At about that time, English forebears were not exactly living the high life and no doubt an apology for them will be forthcoming.
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