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Tintin in the Congo by Herge
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Tintin in the Congo (original 1930; edition 2005)

by Herge

Series: Tintin (2)

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Title:Tintin in the Congo
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Info:Egmont Books Ltd (2005), Edition: New edition, Hardcover, 64 pages
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Tintin in the Congo by Hergé (Author) (1930)

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    The Rabbi's Cat by Joann Sfar (alaskayo)
    alaskayo: Tintin and his adventures in the Congo make an appearance in the Rabbi's Cat. It's a moving story, well worth looking into. Tintin makes his appearance bumbling through the forests and slaughtering everything in his path in the fifth and final story in the series, which is, for the English translation, contained in 'the Rabbi's Cat 2' rather than this one. It's worth starting here, however.… (more)
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My review, as posted in Tintin Books

Written at the request of his editor (and in spite of Hergé's desire to take Tintin to America), 'Tintin in the Congo' betrays a patronising attitude towards Africa and its inhabitants that was typical of Europe in the 1930s. Herge came to regret his opinions in this work, but defended himself by stating that he was working from the opinions and writings of his society. In future redrawing of the work, Herge removed many of the overly colonial references to Belgium, as well as some of the less animal-friendly sequences (such as using dynamite to blow up a rhinoceros solely for hunting purposes). The album still remains controversial to this day, however, and is often banned. By this point, Herge was beginning to meticulously research his works, and it would not be long before the pace of his albums would slow down as Herge dedicated time to creating albums of marvellous high quality.

The final version of this album, as published, is vividly drawn although the background work has nothing on Herge's later masterpieces. However, the racial issues do tend to dominate this work - at least from a Western perspective - and beyond that it is little more than a series of cliffhangers of increasing unlikelihood. (Something it shares with the next book, [b:Tintin in America|790192|Tintin in America (The Adventures of Tintin)|Hergé|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1178382359s/790192.jpg|2874939]).

Herge had a long way to go. ( )
  therebelprince | Oct 30, 2018 |
Racist. ( )
  RashikNahiyen | Apr 16, 2018 |
The drawings are nicer then the first book but the story is still rather ridiculous. ( )
  julie.bonjour | Dec 7, 2017 |
The Broken Ear; The Black Island; King Ottokar's Sceptre
  jhawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
I'm still waiting to see if the Tintin from the cartoons is going to show up. ( )
  Glaucialm | Feb 18, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
HergéAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Janzon, Allan B.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lonsdale-Cooper, LeslieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Turner, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wahlberg, BjörnTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This is the 1946 redrawn and colourised version of "Tintin in the Congo" (Tintin in Congo). Please, do not combine it with the 1931 original black and white version.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0867199024, Hardcover)

In Tintin in the Congo, one of his earliest adventures, our intrepid reporter hunts down both criminals and wild game. The story was written in 1930 and first appeared in book form in 1931, and some of the parts are so dated that for years the book was unavailable in English. This edition reprints on black-and-white newsprint the original 1931 version. In one scene, Tintin tells a group of African children "Today, I'm going to talk to you about your country: Belgium!" When the story was updated and colorized (but not translated into English) in 1946, this became a simple lesson in addition. In addition to the colonial attitude, the Africans are portrayed as primitive, simple-minded folk ("He doesn't look very bright," Snowy opines about their guide), and Tintin reveals a brutal side by slaughtering half the wildlife on the continent (including blowing up a rhinoceros with dynamite!) and declaring while pursuing an enemy, "Sure as my name's Tintin, I'll get rid of him once and for all." Herge himself was embarrassed by much of Tintin in the Congo, and it's not a part of the regular canon, but fans who can accept it as a product of its time will enjoy seeing their hero in one more adventure, one that provides a jumping-off point for the much-better-known Tintin in America. --David Horiuchi

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:00:59 -0400)

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Tintin visits the Congo to shoot game, document nature and interact with the African people.

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