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Asterix and the Laurel Wreath (Astérix #18)

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Chief Vitalstatistix has rashly bet his brother-in-law, the infuriating show-off Homeopathix, that he can get hold of Caesar's laurel wreath to season a stew. Of course, now it's up to Asterix and Obelix to go to Rome, find the wreath, and bring it back for the promised dinner. Can they save Vitalstatistix's honor?
Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 28th 2004 by Asterix (first published 1971)
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Nov 16, 2015 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, favorites
Unsere Gallier trinken immer Cervisia, den Vorläufer des Biers. Was passieren kann, wenn man sie plötzlich mit einem stärkeren Getränk, wie Wein, konfrontiert, sieht man hier: Sturzbesoffene gallische Häuptlinge und ein total dichter Hinkelsteinlieferant. Ganz offensichtlich verträgt insbesondere Obelix den Wein überhaupt nicht, und wenn dann noch Schlafentzug im wilden Nachtleben Roms dazu kommt, auf der sklavischen Suche nach einer exklusiven Ragout-Zutat für den verwöhnten Schwag
Feb 03, 2016 Marijan rated it it was amazing
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Matthew Hunter
The scenes of drunken bravado by Vitalstatistix and Obelix are absolutely hilarious. The premise of a despised brother-in-law (named Homeopathix!) prodding a Gaulish tribal chief to make over-the-top promises (providing a banquet with stew seasoned by Caesar's laurel wreath) makes for an awesome story. And for the first time, Obelix over-indulges in wine. "Zigackly! Whatsisname ish ferpectly right! Hic!" "Let go of me, Asterix! We're going to Rome to bring back Chaeshar's laurel wreath! Zigactly ...more
Jan 31, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"O álcool bebido sem moderação é o pai de todos os vícios..."
May 07, 2015 Frahorus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetti
Nuova avventura per Asterix e Obelix, stavolta dovranno affrontare un'impresa quasi impossibile: ovvero rubare la corona di allori nientepopodimeno che a Giulio Cesare! E sarà una "scusa" per ammirare una nuova incursione dei nostri eroi Galli preferiti fra le vie romane, dove incontreranno una famiglia benestante, ma anche i temibili ladri e tagliagole notturni, fino ad essere arrestati, processati e dati in pasto alle affamate belve.
Manuel Chiofi
Feb 14, 2016 Manuel Chiofi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abraracurcix sfida il suo borioso cognato Omeopatix e gli promette, tra i fumi dell'alcool, che gli farà mangiare un ragù insaporito con le foglie di alloro della corona di Cesare! E chi dovrà andare a prendere l'alloro? Asterix e Obelix, naturalmente, che come nella migliore commedia degli equivoci, passeranno da schiavi a prigionieri a gladiatori a banditi prima di riuscire nell'impresa.
Albo che, per la prima volta, non comincia al villaggio ma a Lutezia e, in maniera davvero geniale, la mette
David Sarkies
Mar 08, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy
Life in the big city
16 October 2013

This album sees Asterix and Obelix return to Rome to assist Chief Vitalstatistix save face after a drunken boast made at the house of his despised brother-in-law in Lutetia. Basically his brother-in-law is quite a rich merchant, who doesn't have to travel any more because he has other people to do that for him. Anyway, Impedimentia (the Chief's wife) seems to be a little upset that her brother is a well to do merchant while her husband is the chief of a villag
Sarah Crawford
Jan 29, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
One of the fun parts about this series is the names. In this case there is Homeopathia, Pedimenta, Tapoica, Typhus, Fibular, Tibia, Metatarsus and Goldendelicious, among others.

Asterix and Obelix need to get Caesar's laurel wreath in order to season some food they are fixing for a guest. The two of them sell themselves as slaves to get into the palace and that works, but only indirectly. Asterix makes an incredibly spicy dish that one person in the family loves since it's the perfect cure for a
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Idea geniale, sviluppata in modo un po’ disordinato. In ogni caso, la permanenza di Asterix e Obelix in veste di schiavi nella casa di Claudius Chiunquefus è memorabile. Vivace e spassosa la presentazione dell’ambiente luteziano (urbano e domestico) in apertura della storia.
Vasco Ribeiro
Jan 03, 2015 Vasco Ribeiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in2014
O tema é clássico nos livros de Astérix: Um desafio fanfarrónico, que se mostra difícil, mas de que Astérix e Obélix se saiem satisfatoriamente. Nete livro sobressaiem os parlelismos com a modernidade: Roma e Lutécia julgam-se as cidades mais prodigiosas do Universo; O trânsito nas cidades, O turismo, os pedintes e os ativistas, etc.
Nesta história bonemine e o chefe vão visitar o cunhado, Homeopatix, a Lutécia, que, romanizado, no jantar os humilha com a sua civilização. Abraracouricx, já bebido
Willem van den Oever
The amount of research done by the duo of Goscinny and Uderzo for the adventures of Asterix shows itself once again in the opening pages of book 18, “The Laurel Wreath”. Pacing through the streets of Rome, the reader is presented a stunning aerial view of the city, a trip through the market streets, a visit to Circus Maximus and finally the introduction of Asterix and Obelix, as they stroll through the streets of the metropolis.
In a nicely introduced flashback, we get to understand how the two G
Aug 08, 2009 Mazel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Abraracourcix et Bonemine se rendent à Lutèce chez le frère de cette dernière, Homéopatix, qui est un riche commerçant.

Astérix et Obélix les accompagnent mais, lors du repas du soir, le chef du village et Obélix se retrouvent saoûls et prétendent dans leur moment d'ivresse pouvoir voler la couronne de lauriers de Jules César (« Farpaitement ! »).

Homéopatix met au défi Astérix et Obélix de le faire.


Ce tome se distingue en abordant des sujets tels que l'esclavage, l'alcool et le brigandage, et
russell barnes
Not quite as good as I remember, but you can't go wrong with Asterix really can you?

However, two things occurred to me:
1. Are the brilliant English puns around the names straight translations, or do other countries have different names for the characters? What's the French for Getafix?
2. How come I've managed to buy my son a 1st edition? What sort of second hand bookshop is this? Obviously I'll have to look after it for him...

Camilo Guerra
May 25, 2016 Camilo Guerra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comic
Sabia de Asterix y Obelix por las peliculas, pero nunca había leido uno de sus comics. Acá, el lider de la aldea les pide que roben la corona de Laurel del Cesar para hacer un guiso, y los galos tendrán que venderse como esclavos, intentar comprarse, ser juzgados, ser prisioneros, abogados, ladrones y otras aventuras traidas por los pelos.Sencillo,entretenido y no le hace daño a nadie, con un dibujo dinámico y precioso de Uderzo.
Aug 01, 2014 Aloysius rated it really liked it
Reliving my childhood again - reading through the panels got me reminiscing about the time where my brothers and I would plough through the library in search for Asterix. It's so different reading it as an adult in contrast to almost 20 years ago. Love how each of the characters are introduced and gradually grows on you.
Jun 07, 2014 Steef rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: strips, nederlands
I completley forgot that this episode was such a good one. While trying to attain the laurel in Rome, A. & O. end up as 'luxury slaves' in a Roman household. A bit heavy on the booze, this book, but it's (sometimes) part of the plot.
Linda Hall
May 28, 2014 Linda Hall rated it it was amazing
AWESOME!!! There is nothing that comes close to Asterix - I have the whole series, both on e-books and hard-copy and they are some of most treasured possessions. I grew up with them and they are simply the best!
Knut Sigurd
Denne hadde eg ikkje lese på sikkert 25 år og soleis neste gløymt. Nytta høvet til å samanlikne litt med den norske utgåva og ser at sistnemte manglar skrifta på veggen i fangeholet.
Edward Davies
Aug 30, 2015 Edward Davies rated it really liked it
A silly bet turns Asterix and Obelix into thieves in this fun comic book. Does Asterix's mannerisms on the cover remind anyone else of Oliver Hardy?
Alex Wilson
Jun 07, 2014 Alex Wilson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: when-i-was-7
This book was about Asterix and Oblix and the went to a town and the prices were really high and they helped some really rich people.
Saint No Stopping Us
Jan 30, 2014 Saint No Stopping Us rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, comics

Six out of ten. CBR format.

In a rash bet, Chief Vitalstatistix promised he could use Caesar's laurel wreath to season a stew. Asterix and Obelix set off to Rome to procur said item.

Apr 24, 2015 Jerome rated it it was amazing
An intriguing Asterix tale where the loud mouths and fiery tempers of Vitalstatistix and his cousin launch Asterix and Obelix on a quixotic quest for Caesar’s laurel wreath, and the two navigate a web of intrigue and silliness to get it. It includes the usual number of subtle, humorous jokes, historical references (Spartacus shows up at one point) and excellent artwork. It also includes a hilarious parody of Roman jurisprudence.

Jan 29, 2016 Greg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first Asterix book I read and therefore one of my favourites.
Jun 04, 2015 Nicholas rated it liked it
Good but not as good as the other Asterix books.
Jul 21, 2015 itchy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: soft
parsley, what a laugh!
Christian Krüger
Ganz gut, wenn auch manch Anspielung und tieferer Witz der Vorbände fehlt.
Veronica Molina
Apr 17, 2014 Veronica Molina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Genial humor.
Sep 21, 2010 Maninee rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
when vitalstatistix and impedimenta (accompanied by asterix and obelix) visit impedimenta's brother (who adores impedimenta and annoys vitalstatistix), trouble is sure to brew. but little did asterix know that it how far the trouble would go. vitalstatistix(after a great deal of wine) invites his more-than-well-to-do brother to his village and boasts that his soup will be seasoned by ceasar's laurel wreath, leading asteris and obelix into another hilarious adventure, filled with fun and frolic
César Viteri
May 15, 2015 César Viteri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics-2015
Oct 16, 2011 Yves rated it really liked it
Shelves: bd
J'ai bien aimé ce tome parce que l'aventure n'arrête jamais. Il n'y a aucun temps mort dans cette BD. Tout au long de l'histoire, on se demande comment nous deux héros vont réussir à obtenir cette fameuse couronne de Laurier. J'ai adoré les parties sur l'esclavage. J'ai aussi trouvé drôle lorsqu'ils se font condamné eux-même. Ce tome est un de mes préférés de toute la série et un des premiers que j'ai lu.
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René Goscinny was a French author, editor and humorist, who is best known for the comic book Astérix, which he created with illustrator Albert Uderzo, and for his work on the comic series Lucky Luke with Morris (considered the series' golden age).

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