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The Blue Lotus (Tintin #5)

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In India, Tintin gets drawn into a dangerous mystery revolving around a madness-inducing poison. He traces its origins to Shanghai and a nefarious web of opium traffickers. But can he outwit the crooks?
Board Book, 64 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Egmont Childrens Books (first published 1935)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Le Lotus bleu (Tintin, #5), Hergé
عنوان: گل آبی؛ عنوان دیگر: ماجراهای تن تن و میلو (نیلوفر آبی)؛ اثر هرژه؛ مترجم: اسمردیس؛ تهران، ونوس، 1357؛ در 70 ص؛
عنوان: گل آبی؛ عنوان دیگر: ماجراهای تن تن و میلو (نیلوفر آبی )؛ اثر هرژه؛ مترجم: گروه نشر رایحه اندیشه؛ تهران، سیحون، چاپ دوم 1382؛ در 70 ص؛
Sidharth Vardhan
I wonder how it made to Le Monde. I mean if it was first Tintin I could understand but why this one?

For a book consciously trying to fight racial stereotypes in west (both through serious messages and jokes); it is itself full of stereotypes. Still Hedge (one of most influential artists in comic industry) didn't deny accusations but said that he has been fed on bourgeois stereotypes right through his life. The third star is for this honesty and efforts to fight ignorance.

The story is not much,
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Kim
After Tintin's travels in the Middle East and India he continues his investigation into the the mysterious drug-running organisation with the trial running into China. Set just prior to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria for the first time Hergé drops his European views and actually shows sympathy for the oppressed. Tintin teams up with the local Chinese to try and defeat the opium druglords and Japanese oppressors. He also dispels myths commonly held by Western society of the time which vilifie ...more
Huda Aweys
قريتها من زمااااان جدا و موش فاكرة حاجه محددة عشان اقدر اكتبهالكم عنها فى المراجعه .. لكن اللى فاكراه من ايامها انى كنت باعشق السلسلة دى عموما من ساعة ما اكتشفتها في مكتبة المدرسة وسط قصص قديمة للأطفال ، و كانت اكتشافي الثاني أيامها في هذه المكتبة بعد اكتشافي الأول لـ (المغامرون الخمسة)، و كنت باحبها أكتر من
(المغامرون ..)
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Marts  (Thinker)
Written around 1934 as a sequel to 'Cigars of the Pharaohs', in the 'Blue Lotus' Tintin's vacation in India is interrupted and he ends up in China during the time of Japanese occupation and in the midst of opium trafficking... Herge includes many real historical events of that time in this story...
Harish Challapalli
As expected!! The plot is very intrigue!! It has a lot of incidents before the main plot starts, there are interesting twists!! This part is not very gripping like the first part!! The main antagonist was not revealed til the end and his role is very brief when compared to that of his in the previous episode! The allies of the main villain was given a lot of scope and their role was very constructively narrated!!

I think u may not find this very much interesting and at the same time not very much
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Dan Wilson
Jul 11, 2015 Dan Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
This, the fifth entry in the Tintin series, is the first one with anti-racist content. Much of the essence of this story is Orientalist, and the presentation of both Chinese and Japanese characters is crude caricature. However, it is refreshing to see Tintin politely but firmly stand up to a racist British settler: "Your conduct is disgraceful, sir!" Likewise, Tintin and his new friend Chang have an exchange in which Tintin says that "different peoples don't know enough about each other," then s ...more
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
ফারাওয়ের চুরুটের এর কাহিনী এখানে কনটিনিউ করেছে। কিনতু ফারাওয়ের চুরুটের মত এতটা মজার এবং ধরে রাখার মত ছিল না। তবে কম মজার এবং ধরে রাখার মত-ও ছিল না।
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Michael Gerald
Nov 30, 2014 Michael Gerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book immediately starts at the end of the Cigars of the Pharaoh. With this book, Herge becomes more provocative, as he takes on Japan's militarism and imperialism. The book was so stinging in its daring revelation of Japan's encroachments into China that the Japanese ambassador to Belgium (Herge was Belgian)filed a diplomatic protest. But Herge was right.
Thomas
Jul 22, 2015 Thomas rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tintin
Action packed adventure stretching from England to India and on to Shanghai. Drug smugglers and crazy fakirs who try to through drug induced darts at people.
Ashley Capes
Jan 25, 2015 Ashley Capes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tintin
The Blue Lotus is a special one for a few reasons, it’s got a pretty fantastic cover and some wonderful large panels, especially when entering towns, and perhaps most important to the history of Tintin, the introduction of Chang – who becomes vital to a future adventure.

Another twisty tale with some great double-bluffs, perhaps the most impressive thing about this one is the changes Herge makes to his research. The setting is much more accurately rendered in terms of dress and backdrops, charact
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Nicholas Whyte
Nov 16, 2013 Nicholas Whyte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, 2013, 1310
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2194952.html[return][return]The Blue Lotus really is the first proper Tintin book - a huge step up from Cigars of the Pharaoh. Herg takes Tintin to the real 1931 Japanese invasion of China, and is firmly and passionately on the side of the Chinese, both versus the Japanese and the Europeans in the Shanghai concession (one of whom in real life would have bee a very young J.G. Ballard). Apparently this came about because a priest who worked with Chinese students at Le ...more
Adan
May 29, 2015 Adan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finally, Tintin actually does something that isn't just a coincidence! Hooray! The Japanese characters are pretty racist here, but this was right around the onset of World War II. Also, Herge fictionalizes the Mukden Incident with similar consequences in his story: the Japanese blow up a railway line, blame it on Chinese rebels, and use it as an excuse to bring more troops into China. In real life, this led to the Japanese annexation of Manchuria.
Dan
Aug 02, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead ...more
Dan
Aug 02, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead ...more
Michael Scott
This wonderful book evokes a lot of memories... When I was a kid my parents sent me to learn French at one of the many Institute Francais spread around the world. It was difficult, boring, and none of my friends seemed to care about it. Looking back, perhaps the only reason I stuck with it was that the Institute had a wonderful library, and in that library there was the entire collection of the Adventures of Tintin Les Aventures de Tintin. I can't even begin to describe what I liked about this c ...more
Maz
Nov 09, 2013 Maz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of all-time favourite Tintin books. I even have a ceramic replica of Tintin climbing out of the Oriental vase at The Blue Lotus, which is an iconic Tintin image. Compared to the previous Tintin instalments, the drawing seems more detailed, especially in the backgrounds. Also, make no mistake...this not really a children's book, as it explores some pretty 'adult' themes, e.g. The fight against racism and racial stereotypes, madness, and political/ media manipulation by the Japanese, w ...more
Natalie
Apr 26, 2016 Natalie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tintin is amazing! And I love Snowy. These remind me of Indiana Jones, if Indy were a reporter and had an adorable white fox terrier as a companion.
Roshini
Loved this one! Picking up from where 'Cigars of the Pharaoh' left off, Tintin and Snowy continue on their adventure in Asia. The story moves faster in this one and ties up loose ends, all with a worthy climax. It's also interesting to witness the use of the political milieu of the time as the basis for the story. My favourite part was early on in the book when a group of white men at the 'Occidental' club are discussing the 'benevolence' of western civilisation. The satire is brilliant and this ...more
Tom Donaghey
THE BLUE LOTUS is the fifth in the series of collections of TINTIN by Hergé and the first that started him in actually doing extensive research into the culture of the land he was depicting. He also began using photo studies to increase the realism of his drawings. It shows in the finely detailed backgrounds and large panels of the action.
This is a follow up to the fourth book, CIGARS OF THE PHARAOH, but it stands alone quite well. We open with Tintin in India after his last adventure and is s
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Indah Threez Lestari
Setelah bertualang di Mesir, Arab dan India, nggak lengkap dong kalau Tintin tidak mampir ke tetangga sebelah, Cina. Apalagi sebelum terjerumus petualangan yang berhubungan dengan cerutu beropium, Tintin sebenarnya dalam perjalanan kapal ke Shanghai. Tidak afdol dong kalau berhenti sampai India saja.

Judul
Lotus Biru? Selama ini kalau baca cersil Kho Ping Hoo yang ada cuma perkumpulan Teratai Putih atau Teratai Merah. Rupanya teratai berwarna biru juga ada, dan beginilah penampakannya:



Cantik, ya
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Batmark
http://morethansuperhumans.blogspot.c...

No doubt my ignorance of early twentieth-century Chinese history is partly to blame for my getting hopelessly lost in the plot of this book, but I found this volume's focus on the politics surrounding Japan's 1931 invasion of northern China to be completely convoluted. Often a fictional account of a historical event will inspire me with an interest in researching the topic further, but in this case Hergé's treatment didn't provide much inspiration. He focu
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Chris H-C
Feb 17, 2016 Chris H-C rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is where Herge started upping the ante with his impeccably-researched locations.

Unfortunately, his caricatures of the Chinese and Japanese, and the light touch he placed on Sino-Japanese tensions leading up to the Second Sino-Japanese War. To be fair, he was writing from a world away, and the war was still two years out... but the teeth and the universal villainy still smack of poor propaganda the same way as the bolsheviks, indigenous Americans, and the Congolese in the earlier works.

Takin
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Andrea Ika
May 23, 2014 Andrea Ika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Blue Lotus (1936)
by Hergé (Author)

The classic graphic novel. A sequel to Cigars of the Pharaoh, Tintin follows a mysterious lead to China on the trail of a smuggling ring. Will Tintin find the criminal mastermind?

Review
As the story opens, we find Tintin in India, where we left him at the conclusion of "Cigars of the Pharoah." A Chinese visitor, who goes mysteriously insane before he can pass more than a few words of a message, prompts Tintin to travel to China with his faithful dog Snowy.
Tin
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Joyce
This Tintin adventure is a stand out for me, and it definitely has to do with the attitude on how Hergé approached writing this adventure. Whilst the drawings themselves are not entirely stereotype-free unfortunately, I commend the visible effort in the dialogue and tie-in into real life inspiration. I'm not sure the original edition has the pages after the adventure titled 'The real-life inspiration behind Tintin's adventures', but Egmont UK's version of the adventures do and it is here that yo ...more
Santhosh
Again, Herge at his best in commenting on the political and social situation of China and Japan. A sequel to Cigars of the Pharaoh, with Rastapopoulos continuing as the villain. Too many characters though, and almost all of them corrupt and villainous?
Atti
Feb 19, 2015 Atti rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice story.
Laela
Apr 01, 2014 Laela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a fast paced, straight to the point comic that had a very intriguing plot. It seems that most people read this as a part of the series, but I had to read this as an assignment for a class on Shanghai. Even though it's the 5th book in the series, it's very easy to pick up and understand what's going on.

There was one section that I liked where, through Tintin, the author comments on the tensions between the Europeans and the Chinese people living in the Shanghai area. It was very true to
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Gina
Nov 30, 2009 Gina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pre-2009, 4-star
I think this might be my favorite Tintin book, mostly for the scenes set in an opium den. You don't see that too much in children's books anymore.
Dion Yulianto
Feb 01, 2015 Dion Yulianto rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dari semua komik Tintin yang saya baca (yang jumlahnya belum melebihi angka 5), Lotus Biru adalah yang paling bagus.
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Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist.
His best known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics
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