The Adventures of Tintin in the Congo (Tintin, #2)
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The Adventures of Tintin in the Congo (Tintin #2)

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The Adventures of Tintin in the Congo is the second entry in the beloved Tintin series, first published in 1930. This time the irrepressible Belgian heads for the Congo and gets involved in all manner of intrigue. He learns of a conspiracy by a group of American gangsters to take over diamond production with the help of a local witch doctor. Controversial racial content is...more
Hardcover, 120 pages
Published November 28th 2002 by Last Gasp (first published October 1st 1930)
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Alix West
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Greg
Hmmm, this was a bit of a disappointment. I have heard how racist this book was, and Herge did choose to draw all of the African natives in a very sterotypical early 20th century way, and they aren't quite as smart as Tintin is, but from the three books of Herge's I've read now no one is really as smart as Tintin in the stories. They way the natives talk is a kind of stilted 'dumb' sort of way, but Herge also does this with the Soviets in the first Tintin book, and with the Mafia gangsters in th...more
Orion
Tintin in the Congo, while written for the children's section of a Belgian newspaper in 1930, is so full of Eurocentric racism and speciesism that it cannot be recommended as reading for young people. However, as an example of white supremacy attitudes of the time, it is an interesting document. The book has often been left out of Tintin collections or edited to soften its most egregious content. I found two English language black and white (and one Spanish language color) editions online at www...more
Mohammed
Looks better artwise than the first volume but its a very weird book and not because of outdated,racist look on Africa. The treatment of the animals,the callaous way they are destroyed,the great white hunter thing disturbed me the most.

Tintin was my childhood hero when i read the series but the first two volumes are not fun,the Tintin everyone knowns.
Dan
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
Anwesha
this is probably the only tintin stuff that I didn't like.I read it may be two years ago, and I was pretty sure that its a fake one,may be some one else wrote it (mine was a translated version). But when I googled it, I was kind of devastated.I grew up with Tintin , and loved him for his courage and intelligence, but in this book he acted like a racist animal hating jerk.I don't know whether Harge was a hardcore racist or just a product of his time, but this is the only book where he let me down...more
Keely
Like the last volume in the series, this one is another flop bearing no real resemblance to the themes, characters, or style of the later series. The whole thing is a haphazard cartoon filled with slapstick violence starring pugnacious jerk Tintin and his bad-joke-making dog.

Yeah, the treatment of Africans and big game hunting make H. Rider Haggard look tame and responsible in comparison, though I find it hard to argue that the stylized drawings of the Africans are racist, since it's not like th...more
John
I had to read this in French, because it has been banned in English. There seems to be a move to ban it in French as well. Here's an article in French about how they're trying to ban it in Belgium:

http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article...

I'm definitely opposed to banning books simply because their opinions are out of fashion - this one was written in 1930 and has a very very patronising view of African people. However in 1930 it wasn't a work of evil, and it should not be considered one today.

How...more
David Sarkies
Jun 05, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die Hard Tintin Fans
Recommended to David by: I just wanted to read it because it is a Tintin album, though not necessarily the most politically correct.
Shelves: adventure
One to avoid if you are easily offended
8 April 2012

This is certainly not one of Herge's best works, in fact it is probably what most people think is the most offensive, which is why it was not translated into English until 1991. Okay, when I was a kid there was a German version available at the local library, and I did attempt to read it, however the problem was that I couldn't speak, let alone read, German. So technically this is the first time that I have actually read this album. Further, ev...more
Kaung Myat Han
A great improvement in terms of character drawings and graphics in 'Tintin in the Congo' since the first volume 'The Adventures of Tintin in the Land of the Soviets' but what disappointed me the most is the very apparent racism towards the African-Americans and cruel unjust treatment towards the animals(it shocked me when Tintin blew the rhinoceros up with a dynamite!). I heard the English language edition is banned in some countries and it's not regarded as part of the wonderful Tintin canon. O...more
مصطفي سليمان
this is just ridiculous , one of the worst comic i have ever read and Racist don't read it for a child if you are not member in KKK , and want your kid to deal with ppl ,when the Belgian occupation is something good , and all black ppl are Ignorant
and if you love animals ohhh you gonna love it , he killed a lot , just for fun

من اسخف الكوميك اللي انا قريتها
عنصري وسخيف وعنيف
لا يفضل اطفال يقراءوه او اي حد بشري
الا لو انت في جماعة عنصرية
الاحتلال البلجيكي شئ لطيف للبلاد الحقيرة السوداء
الرسوم مسئية...more
Kim
The second of the Tintin adventures this one, like the first, is one I never read as a child. And I'm glad I didn't. Not political like the first one this volume is set in the Belgian Congo as it was known at the time. It is full of white European Imperialist ideas and beliefs. The native Africans are depicted with racist stereotypes and cruelty to animals abound. I see lots of 4 and 5 star "reviews" but I doubt those people have actually sat down and read this properly. Or at all.

Thankfully the...more
Justwinter
In the second Tintin adventure, Tintin in the Congo, we again join the young reporter as he travels abroad, in search of stories and a good bit of hunting.

As with the first Tintin story, Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, this work shows how dramatically and drastically Herge's work developed and changed over time. These two earliest books show a rougher, more cartoonish style, as well as more simplistic writing.

Tintin in the Congo isn't recognized as part of the main canon, as in this early Her...more
Helmut
Immer noch weit entfernt...

...von dem, was später kommt. Während die Sowjetgeschichten schlichtweg nicht lesenswert sind, kommt hier zumindest ansatzweise das erste echte Tintin-Feeling auf. Man merkt, dass der Autor noch seine Stimme sucht, und auch der Zeichenstil nähert sich langsam dem an, was Les Cigares Du Pharaon so bahnbrechend machte.

Eigentlich, ebenso wie der Vorgänger und direkte Nachfolger (Tintin en Amérique) nur für Komplettisten, aber schon deutlich besser als der spät erschienene...more
Nicholas Whyte
http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/1859873...

It is just as bad as I feared: the Africans encountered here are stupid, illiterate, desperately aping civilisation and pathetically grateful for rule by white men; by the end of the book they are worshipping idols of Tintin and Snowy. Even more startling is Tintin's casual slaughter of large amounts of African wildlife, often as the punchline of a joke. The book's most effective single frame is a huge and enraged elephant pursuing our heroes; unfortunatel...more
Rat de bibliothèque
Jun 04, 2008 Rat de bibliothèque rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are interested in viewing how the depiction of black people has changed in 80 years
Shelves: comics
A black persons reaction to Tintin in the Congo.

This book was 113 pages long. I only managed to get to page 15. That's how long it took for me to feel insulted enough to stop reading all together.

For those of you who have not read or are not familiar with Tintin it is a comic book created by Belgian artist Herge that was first published in 1929.

The depiction of black people is downright racist. The skin is charcoal black (the darkest thing on the page.)Their lips are exceedingly large. Their spe...more
Mickey Robbins
Pretty amazing as usual. If you are a vegan or a nature freak... stay away from this book. I personally had a great time reading this book. Herge clearly started formulating his Modern Tintin(who would stay this way on all the other books here in this book). This book is a huge leap from Tintin in the land of the Soviets. Both in term of story writing and the animation. In the Land of the Soviets, Tintin is like a small kid wearing an oversize overcoat. Here in the Congo is a mature young adult(...more
Merry
You know, obviously this book is quite racist: the citizens of the Congo are very simple, childlike even. Some of it, like the witch doctor, is about as racist as other early foreign villains (like in the Blue Lotus, or even the Americans.)

But this is a step above the Soviet book, cause at least it's vividly drawn. It's not great though. It's really confusing to read, because there isn't much of a story. Most of the time, Snowy just does battle with African animals. Snowy's cute, but I sometimes...more
Milica Pandžić
I was surprised by the stereotypes (very politically incorrect) and the way animals are treated in the story; but it is totally understandable from the time when it was written. I found the first appearances of Milou hilarious, but then the rest of the story was lame.
C.
This is definitely one of the crappier Tintins. Quite apart from the rampant racism (context be damned, it's positively revolting) it's fragmentary and episodic in the extreme. Just as you think that he's disposed of the bad guy, he pops back up again and suddenly Tintin is running again. And there's a crocodile involved somewhere, and a kindly missionary (or was the missionary the bad guy?) and at one stage the Congolese tribe ends up worshipping Milou. Um.

However, it was interesting to read th...more
Anna  Matsuyama
I'm not familiar with the Tintin series and Tintin in the Congo is my first introduction with the series. I purposely choose the most infamous volume to read, to see is it as bad as it is said to be. It is. The racism, the white man superiority and careless attitude towards animals is distasteful however, I've heard, other volumes are much better and I might read one for Kaito in the future.
Jane
I'm expecting this one to be even more racist than the last! Woo, colonialism!

***

Wow, painful! Even expecting the racial caricatures, this one was just too much. Also, the plot was so much thinner than later adventures and much closer to Soviets than in America.
Ndie
ceritanya stereotipe tintin di amerika dan di tanah sovyet..
ga seperti tintin yang laen.. udah gitu ga bareng temen-temen yang laen, jadi kayak sayur yang bumbunya ga lengkap
Amanda
I knew going into this that it was going to be racist. I just didn't realize HOW racist. The native Congolese population is drawn like monkeys. *shudder*
Dan Wilson
I read this one out of sequence because it was hard to get ahold of. It was hard to get ahold of because it is a racist embarrassment. Having read most of the other Tintin books before backtracking to this one, I wondered whether perhaps the suppression of this volume was some kind of overreaction. After all, even later Herge books written decades later contain some unfortunate chauvinist anachronisms, so why single out this one? Well, now I know. Tintin in the Congo's racism is in a different l...more
Indah Threez Lestari
#Program BUBU

Oke ladies and gents, sesuai janji mari kita lanjutkan stripping membaca dan mereview semua komik Tintin. Ehm, mudah-mudahan aku tidak berhenti di tengah jalan dalam memenuhi janji yang satu ini. Ahem. Jadi mendadak teringat janji mereview tuntas semua novel Dresden Files, yang baru terpenuhi sekian persen gara-gara kehabisan bensin dan keburu terserang penyakit kronis "malas bikin review mendingan waktunya dipakai baca aja".

Sebelum basa-basinya kepanjangan dan aku melantur kemana-m...more
Mathieu
Bon alors il paraît que cet album est scandaleux, qu'il est pas bien, pas respectueux, choquant même.

Ben merde ! je suis sûr que ce qu'on voit dedans est vachement plus soft que ce que pensait la majeure partie de l' Europe de l'époque ! On a tendance à oublier l'âge de ce vénérable bouquin... Il date des années trente quand même. Faut pas le lire avec les yeux d'aujourd'hui.

Ceux qui censurent cet album (ou qui veulent le censurer dans les pays où ce n'est pas déjà fait) me font pitié... Si à l...more
Matti Karjalainen
May 20, 2012 Matti Karjalainen rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Tintti-harrastajat
Hergén "The Adventures of Tintin in the Congo" (Casterman, 2002) on järjestyksessään toinen Tintti-tarina. Sarjakuva julkaistiin alun perin jatkokertomuksena Le Petit Vingtième -lehdessä vuosina 1930-1931, jolloin Kongo oli vielä Belgian siirtomaa.

Seikkailu on vuosien aikana saanut osakseen jos jonkinlaista rasismisyytöstä. Sarjakuvaa ei voikaan pitää poliittisesti turhan korrektina, vaan enemmänkin aikakautensa lapsena, jota tekijä myöhemmin tahtoi muokata uuteen uskoon.

Castermanin tyylikäs, ko...more
Sammy
My review, as posted in Tintin Books

Written at the request of his editor (and in spite of Hergé's desire to take Tintin to America), 'Tintin in the Congo' betrays a patronising attitude towards Africa and its inhabitants that was typical of Europe in the 1930s. Herge came to regret his opinions in this work, but defended himself by stating that he was working from the opinions and writings of his society. In future redrawing of the work, Herge removed many of the overly colonial references to Be...more
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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...more
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