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Asterix and the Banquet by René Goscinny
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Asterix and the Banquet (1965)

by René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo (Illustrator)

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Series: Astérix (5)

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    The Conquest of Gaul by Julius Caesar (Artymedon)
    Artymedon: The description of Gaul by this contemporary of Asterix will enlight the reader as to where Asterix' banquet takes place.
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  glsottawa | Apr 4, 2018 |
Asterix and the Banquet is the first in the series to be well laid out and coherent. It also has a couple references to previous stories which is kind of nice. Dogmatix is introduced, at least as a visual in almost every panel, but his presence is never really addressed in the story. My favorite bit about this volume is that Asterix and Obelix go around the key commercial centers of ancient Gaul picking up local delicacies for a banquet (hence the title). Each time they reach a new town, it has the ancient name but also the current name as a footnote. I also liked the reference to Bocci as an ancient game played by roman colonies. Always a fun read. Up next...Asterix and Cleopatra. ( )
  BenjaminHahn | Oct 27, 2015 |
Every time I read or re-read Asterix, I am impressed with the ingenious naming of the characters in Asterix. Oh! & Dogmatix appears on this one, didn't know that before! Dogmatix follows Asterix and Obelix around Gaul in their challenge from the very beginning, and finally, FINALLY Obelix notices him just before the end, and of course he's very happy in the last scene ending up in the foreground even prior to Cacofonix and the Roman inspector. (^_^) ( )
  PsYcHe_Sufi | Jul 12, 2015 |
For some reason after rolling on the floor in laughter with Asterix the Gladiator this one seems to pull back a notch. I guess one of the problems was that we are sort of introduced to Fulliautomatix in this book but it is not the Fulliautomatix that we know and love. In fact when he appears he pretty much looks like the standard Gaul. However this is still one of the earlier albums so the concept is still in development.
The Romans come up with a new idea to attempt to pacify this rebellious Gaulish village in the north of Amorica and that is to impose economic sanctions, and they do this by building a stockade around the village so that while nobody can get in and theoretically nobody can get out. As a bet Asterix and Obelix decide to go on a tour of Gaul collecting food for a banquet which they will throw when they get back. Getting out of the village was easy, they just bashed through the wall, but as they travel around Gaul they have the Romans hot on their tails attempting to prevent them from returning home and winning the bet.
This album sees the first appearance of Dogmatix, Obelix's dog. In fact his introduction is actually really clever in that one minute he is not there and the next minute he is running after them. When I suddenly discovered Dogmatix following them I had to backtrack to find out where he first appears, and it is outside a meat shop in Lutetia. However, neither Obelix or Asterix seem to actually realise that there is this little dog following them all over Gaul, that is until they get back to the village and Dogmatix barks attracting Obelix's attention. It is also cute not only how you see him following them everywhere, but whenever they go inside, Dogmatix parks himself outside the door and waits for them to come out again, and then he continues following them.
I know the following is probably a bit deep for an Asterix comic, but then again I never said that Asterix comics were not satirical. What we see here is the strategy where if the enemy cannot be beaten in direct combat or overrun immediately, you settle in to protracted siege warfare. In a sense besieging the village is really going to have little economic effect because it is clear throughout the comics that this little village is self contained, with fish in the ocean and boar in the forests. What the Romans want is to isolate this village so that their ideas cannot spread out to the rest of Gaul and thus undermine Roman rule. What Asterix and Obelix are doing is demonstrating that there is nothing the Romans can do to keep them bottled up, and as they continue travelling around Gaul you see a larger and larger following in support of them.
Once again the names come into play, though I must admit that it is very evident that some of the puns that were used in the original have not translated across all that well. However there are two incidents where they are betrayed, and it is very evident the nature of these characters by their names, for instance Uptotrix. It appears that the writers use of the names is to pretty much define the character, as well as a form of pun. As I said this is not one of the best, but enjoyable nonetheless. ( )
  David.Alfred.Sarkies | Mar 6, 2014 |
Le Tour de Gaule d' Asterix

Reading about Asterix's adventures in Gaul would be an appropriate introduction for children 9-11 who are learning French and Ancient World Histories. The cartoon characters such as Asterix and Obelix are very funny and the illustrations are very effective in allowing a French language learner to follow the plot and setting. The hard cover and thick, bound pages would make the book a great part of an elementary school library collection that can be enjoyed by children for years to come. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Goscinny, RenéAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Uderzo, AlbertIllustratormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Avesini, AlbaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Emond, IngridTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hockridge, DerekTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Penndorf, GudrunTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Perich, JaumeTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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When the Romans say no, Asterix says yes. So when the soldiers construct a barricade around Asterix’s village to pen everyone in, he and Obelix embark on a trip around the entire country, collecting local specialties along the way. It’s a delicious feast for them, and readers, too.

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Gaul, now France, has always been famous for its food and drink, so when for a bet with the Romans, Asterix and Obelix travel round collecting local delicacies, they start on the journey home with all sorts of goodies. First, however, they must outwit two thieves!… (more)

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