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The Adventures of Tintin 09-11 (The Crab…

The Adventures of Tintin 09-11 (The Crab With the Golden Claws/The…

by Hergé, Hergé

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I only read this because my nephew asked me to. It has a lot of action, hence he likes it. It's simplistic, contrived, and amazingly bigoted. Granted, it's expressing views common at the time of it's publication; I get that. However, they're still reprehensible views.

I suspect my nephew is hoping I'll get excited about the series, and want to read it to him. Generally, I love reading to him. I don't think I can read Tintin without turning it into a session of deconstructing prejudice. ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
It obviously took Herge some time to find his legs with the Tintin series. Tintin one and two (Tintin in the Land of the Soviets & Tintin in the Congo) were so racially insensitive that they have rarely been reprinted, and weren't even included in this collection.

Tintin in America, the first story in this volume, isn't quite that bad, but it is a fairly lackluster Tintin story, with a simple, repetitive plot, and a lack of depth when compared to the the other two stories in this volume, Cigars of the Pharaoh and The Blue Lotus. The latter two are amazing stories, with plenty of laughs, great social commentary, and actual character development. The Blue Lotus is a continuation of the story started in Cigars of the Pharaoh, which only adds to the depth and complexity of the story, and is, quite frankly, rather epic. ( )
  ForeverMasterless | Apr 23, 2017 |
I was triggered to (re)read this by the Tintin movie; the movie draws from several stories, some of which are here. Three stories. The Crab with the Golden Claws - Tintin meets Captain Haddock and they clear up a drug ring. The movie used a lot of this - Karabudjan, Tintin's capture and escape on the ship, the hijacking of the plane and the desert crash - plus one of the secondary villains here shows up in the movie as ditto. Like most Tintin stories, a lot of lucky coincidences, slapstick (mostly but not entirely from Thompson and Thomson), and puns. Fun. The Shooting Star - a very odd story about a giant meteor that falls in the Arctic; Tintin and a bunch of scientists head out on Haddock's ship to investigate, and it turns into a race with a corrupt financier backing the other side. The meteor eventually goes under, nearly drowning Tintin, but a chunk of its unique substance is retained, so it's a complete win. The science is so warped in this one that it strikes me as a bit dreamlike...but still fun. I wish we'd gotten to see more of the pilot, though. Nothing (or nothing major) from here in the movie. The Secret of the Unicorn - this story provides the basic plot structure of the movie. The model ship bought in the market, the secret, the duplicate ships - Sakharine is present, though he's not really a villain in the story. Haddock is also quite different, since he and Tintin are old friends - in fact, in the story, Tintin is buying the ship as a present for him. Haddock also knows the story of his ancestor, without benefit of a desert dry-out. And unsurprisingly, the movie's depiction of the ship battle was much more impressive, as well as more drawn-out (the number of stamping-outs of fuses got rather ridiculous, though it was very Tintin style). A good story, though it doesn't really have an ending - Tintin and Haddock get all three papers and discover that they need to go hunt the treasure, and the story ends. So two good and one odd but good story. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Jan 3, 2012 |
Tintin = a masterpiece for all ages. ( )
  Anniesotm | Feb 19, 2011 |
great collection from HERGE - A GENUIS AHEAD OF HIS TIME
  ashwinnallari | Dec 16, 2008 |
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Whether he's trolling the high seas for treasure or blasting off for the moon, young reporter-sleuth Tintin and his faithful dog, Snowy, have delighted readers everywhere for generations with their timeless adventures. Join Tintin and Snowy as they tackle the toughest mysteries around the world.… (more)

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