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Asterix and the Normans (Astérix #9)

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Normans never feel fear—but they do believe that terror literally gives one wings, enabling a person to fly. Now they’re planning to test their theory on Vitalstatistix’s cowardly nephew Jusforkix by pushing him right off the edge of a cliff.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 17th 2004 by Asterix (first published 1966)
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Nandakishore Varma
Mar 04, 2012 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This, or Asterix and the Cauldron, is the very first Asterix book I read: and I immediately became a fan. This is one of the books where one of my favourite characters, Cacofonix the village bard, plays a central role. As all Asterix aficionados know, opinion is divided as to his talents - Cacofonix thinks he is a genius, everyone else thinks he is unspeakable.

The fearsome Normans, who "don't know the meaning of fear", come to the Gaulish coast to learn it - to their chagrin they meet with Aster
Nicolo Yu
Sep 08, 2013 Nicolo Yu rated it it was amazing
This graphic album was a great find from a pile of clearance books at National Book Store in Centrio. There were a few other Asterix titles on sale but this was the only one was by it original creators Rene Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. It was at half-price off so it was very hard not to buy.

Despite it being half-price off, truth be told, I was hesitating to getting it. It is not that I don't enjoy Franco-Belgian comics, I enjoy Herge's Tintin and Peyo's Smurfs. It was that the first few Asterix I
Книжни Криле
Наздраве... с глътка магическа отвара! А вместо фойерверки - всеки римски легионер ще види звезди посред бял ден! Да посрещнем Новата Година с едни любими герои от 50 години пр. Хр., които със сигурност ще продължават да векуват! :) Прочетете ревюто на "Книжни Криле":
Mohammed Mortada
Jan 06, 2015 Mohammed Mortada rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, comics
Fear is essential and vital to know your strength limits of you abilities
Also this the first volume where Cacofonix is not beaten at the last page
Gülay Cansever
Mar 19, 2017 Gülay Cansever rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
İsimlerine hastayım:)
David Sarkies
Sep 29, 2012 David Sarkies rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comedy
Resistance to modernism
29 September 2012

Once again this entire adventure takes place in the little village we know so well. One of Chief Vitalstatistix's nephews has been sent from Lutetia (Paris) out to Amorica to toughen him up, and as it turns out he comes across as one of those young people who do not understand the concept of work. He arrives in a sporty chariot (made in Milan, which made me think of the Ferarri) and in a way brings the idea of the city life out to the country. However, th
Marcos Kopschitz
Feb 20, 2017 Marcos Kopschitz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: quadrinhos, francesa
Goscinny e Uderzo chegam em 1966 ao nono álbum de Asterix, desenvolvendo sua receita básica até ali: além das situações clássicas de quadrinhos (combates, socos, marretadas, etc.), brincadeiras com características dos próprios franceses, uma mistura geral de informações atuais e antigas que resulta da transposição de situações contemporâneas para a época romana e críticas sociais ou simples paródias. De todo modo, já era então um sucesso que se mantém em todo o mundo desde então! Tipicamente eur ...more
Mansi Nayyar
Feb 06, 2017 Mansi Nayyar rated it it was amazing
Asterix and Obliex series are the best !! So much content, such a comic language, intricate detailing in very square of the story ... one can imagine how much effort they must have put to create these gems. I like all of them but Asterix and the Legionary and this one - Asterix and the Normans are my favorite out of favourites.

I keep repeating many lines aloud when I read Asterix comics as the flow of words is magical.
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
La storia non è avvincente, ma i normanni che vogliono essere terrorizzati (perché non sanno che cos’è la paura e non desiderano passare da ignoranti) sono memorabili. Interessante l’impatto culturale del giovane Menabotte sul provinciale villaggio gallico. È poi bello vedere Assurancetourix finalmente in primo piano.
Dec 30, 2014 itchy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: soft
cacofonix gets back on fulliautomatix!
well, sort of

i was supposed to cram in these asterix books to meet my 53-book challenge for 2014
better luck next time, slacker (me)
happy new year to everyone
Jelena Cvetković
Oct 08, 2013 Jelena Cvetković rated it it was amazing
Ipaf, Pravilaf, Biograf, Paragraf, Epitaf, Telegraf, Batiskaf, Paraf
Nov 21, 2008 Chris rated it liked it
Shelves: comic-books
Why would you go to Asterix to find out what fear was? But the best thing about this series is the fact that Asterix has intelligence.
Jan 16, 2017 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leidos-2017
-No se puede ser valiente sin conocer el miedo ¡El verdadero valor consiste en saber dominar el miedo!-
Jan 28, 2017 Jael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Feb 26, 2013 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Asterix à la crème

Die Normannen kommen! Ein paar Jahrhunderte, bevor sie die Welt in Angst und Schrecken versetzen, machen die Normannen einen kleinen Ausflug nach Gallien, um das Einzige kennenzulernen, was ihnen bisher unbekannt ist: Die Angst. Da sind sie bei unserem wohlbekannten, kleinen gallischen Dorf natürlich genau richtig. Doch nicht durch Prügelei wird den furchtlosen Invasoren schließlich angst und bange, sondern durch einen völlig unerwarteten, viel schrecklicheren Gegner...

Die Aste
Krishna Kumar
May 01, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it it was amazing
The blood-thirsty Norsemen have a problem. They don’t know what fear is and since they pride themselves on knowing everything, they must learn fear. Besides, “fear lends you wings”, so by learning fear, Normans can fly like birds. So they set out to find someone who can teach them fear and by random, pick up Gaul and specifically the beach near our Gaulish village to go about their task. Our Gaulish villagers do not know fear either, but luckily for the Normans, the Gauls have a visitor from Lut ...more
Elphaba J
Jan 29, 2015 Elphaba J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Opinião completa em:

Adiante. Com sabor a saudade, li Astírix e os Normandos para tentar compreender um pouco o passado deste povo para uma cadeira de Cultura Medieval, mas, sinceramente, o que acabou por acontecer foi meia hora de divertimento puro com o olho clínico abandonado, trocado pelo prazer da leitura e observação.

A história não poderia ser mais hilariante, ela própria um trocadilho típico dos que Goscinny costuma fazer com os seus diálogos peculi
Sep 18, 2016 Christoph rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Die Normannen kommen - diesmal begeben sich Asterix und Obelix nicht auf eine Reise, diesmal bekommen sie Besuch. Nicht nur ein Verwandter aus der Stadt, welcher völlig verweichlicht ist, völlig verwöhnt ist und im Dorf lernen soll auf eigenen Beinen zu stehen. Genau in diesem Moment erscheinen die Normannen, auf der Suche nach Angst, einem Gefühl, welches sie nicht kennen und von dem sie glauben, dass es Flügel verleiht. Auf ihrer Suche treffen sie auf den verweichlichten Jungen und hoffen durc ...more
Apr 13, 2014 Callie rated it really liked it
I recently read a few books from the series Asterix. It’s about how Asterix and Obelix go on adventures with all walks of life. These characters are known as Gauls, a certain ethnic group in northern Europe. I found these actually quite funny, and really interesting, considering I do not even really enjoy comics. The illustrations were the same through out each book in the collection, which completely amazes me. Although they can seem a little childish, they have worldly jokes that most children ...more
Feb 10, 2015 Frahorus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fumetti, asterix
Asterix e i Normanni (ovvero i Vichinghi) è la nona storia, in ordine cronologico, degli irriducibili galli. Stavolta Asterix & Obelix affrontano nientepopodimeno che un'invasione vichinga (tra l'altro questa avventura è stata anche portata al cinema col titolo "Asterix e i Vichinghi" nel 2006) e un compito arduo: trasformare il nipote di Abraracourcix, Menabotte, in un vero guerriero gallico. Inizialmente vedremo che non sarà un compito facile, ma quando sbarcano i Vichinghi le cose cambian ...more
Jul 30, 2015 Coenraad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Die Noormanne wil leer wat dit beteken om bang te wees. Die Galliërs is nie goeie leermeesters in hierdie opsig nie - maar Allamapstix se nefie, Spiekerix, is egter angsbevange. Liederlix speel ook 'n groter rol in die verloop van die verhaal as gewoonlik: ydelheid kan 'n mens soms tot hoë hoogtes aanvuur.

Die verhaal van Goscinny en Uderzo is hoogs vermaaklik en snaaks - dit hoort tot een van die beste verhale in die reeks. Van Schalkwyk-Barrois se vertaling munt weer eens uit met sprankelende w
Vasco Ribeiro
Aug 26, 2014 Vasco Ribeiro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Este é dos que merece as 5 estrelas. História bem construída, coerente no seu desenvolvimento e com a crítica à modernidade que faz dos livros muito divertidos.
Astérix e Obélix vão cuidar do jovem sobrinho do chefe da aldeia (nesta edição, Matasétix) que vem de Lutécia com todos os tiques dos jovens irreverentes, para ver se lhe ensinam hábitos saudáveis. Ao mesmo tempo um grupo de Normandos, vem numa expedição para aprender o que é o medo, uma vez que não conhecem o Medo. E, ao que sabem, o Med
Tim Roast
Nov 11, 2014 Tim Roast rated it it was amazing
This is the ninth Asterix adventure and this time Asterix meets the Normans.

Justforkix is the nephew of the village chief Vitalstatistix and is sent to the village from his native Lutetia (Paris) because he is soft and needs toughening up. Obelix suggests thumping him but Asterix disagrees. Meanwhile the Norman chief is concerned that his Normans don't know the meaning of fear so goes off to Gaul in search of it. Unfortunately the village they end up at is Asterix's village and they also don't k
Dec 29, 2015 Teucer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, french
Asterix stands alongside Tintin as one of the giants of the Franco-Belgian comics tradition, and it has a certain charm, like Tintin. It has a clear, expressive art style, a cast of amusing, iconic characters, and the serialised approach to narrative gives it a rollicking pace.

The writing's unremarkable, though: every issue is essentially a remix of the same elements, which I suppose is part of the appeal. The humour is restrained to puns and cartoon violence, with a little satire on the side.
Alex Poovathingal
Nov 23, 2014 Alex Poovathingal rated it it was amazing
Normans don't know fear. This, they consider to be a serious drawback as it is impossible to cure hiccups. More importantly, they have heard that fear lends you wings and flying is the only art they haven't mastered. They set out on a journey to master the art of fear. However the destination they chose is a small Gaulish village of Asterix and Obelix where again no one knows fear. Luckily for the Normans, these Gaul's have guest amongst them from a different country who happen to know a great d ...more
Feather Mista
Mar 05, 2010 Feather Mista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Todo el mundo.
Recommended to Feather by: Todo.
Probablemente, la historia de Asterix que más me ha hecho reír en mi vida. La cara de los Normandos ya son lo suficientemente graciosas para pasarla bomba sin leer los diálogos siquiera. Pero si los sumamos, el resultado es insuperable. Lo debo haber leído unas cinco veces, así que tiro una fecha aproximada. Seguro termine rerrerrerreleyéndolo en algún momento y ahí lo rerreseñe.
Bonus: Si pudiera ponerle una estrellita más, se la pondría por la cantidad de risas extra que me sacó el bañero de la
Manuel Chiofi
Jan 17, 2016 Manuel Chiofi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I Normanni non sanno cos'è la paura, perciò vanno in Gallia per cercare di scoprirlo. Questa volta Asterix e Obelix avranno a che fare con dei veri barbari e con un adolescente da loro terrorizzato. Ma a salvare capra e cavoli ci penserà...Assourancentourix.
Risate assicurate in questa avventura piena di battute e doppi sensi in cui non solo si scontrano due popoli piuttosto bellicosi, ma anche due generazioni (la festa danzante è geniale).
E lo sbarco dei Normanni non solo richiama le scorriband
Dec 14, 2011 Rashmi rated it it was amazing
The Normans don't know what is fear, so they set out to learn the meaning of fear. Our Gaulish village has a young spunky visitor in the form of, Justforkix, Chief Vitalstatix's nephew, who is sent to Gaul so that they can 'make a man out of him'. Life in Gaul goes on as usual - fights, celebrations, boar hunting, delivering menhirs. The Normans land up at the shores of our little Gaulish village.

The Normans learn the meaning of fear, Justforkix conquers his fear, Cacofonix has his two minutes
Jul 29, 2014 Molly rated it liked it
A rare early series flop by the creators, not a turkey at all but a big missed opportunity for a better story. Still a good middling read but compared to the others of the period, a let down. They have some great guest characters but not much plot or inspiration to do much with them. Vikings briefly return in another below average book later, rare lapses by writer Gosginy who was usually brimful of plot invention.
Karhum Ghassan
Nov 05, 2012 Karhum Ghassan rated it it was amazing
This book was kind of boring a bit at the beginning but it became better at the end the Normans wanted to know everything in the whole world good for them now they know after the Gauls taught them a good lesson and the most thing i liked that Vitalastix the chief his nephew knew the meaning of fear and he was the most scared from the Normans in all of Gaul and at the end he made Normans fear most.
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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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