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The Mansions of the Gods (Asterix #17)

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Why not infiltrate the little Gaulish village by building a modern housing estate? That's the plan thought up by trendy Roman architect Squaronthehypotenus to help Caesar crush the indomitable Gauls. Will the villagers be tempted by the chance of making money when the first Roman tenants move in? And what about the Gauls' secret weapon. Roll up to see the Roman remains!
Paperback, 48 pages
Published October 28th 2004 by Asterix (first published March 4th 1971)
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Amalie
Personally I think this is too sophisticated for children, far suitable for adults.

Funny facts:


Caesar speaks in third person.
The Gothic slaves insist on singing Silent Night (the German carol).
The slaves and the Roman legionaries form Trade Unions.
Romans are given a two-page promotional brochure/slab about the Mansions of the Gods with modern estate-agent jargon.
A Vestal-Virgin is the hostess on the raffle to pick the new estate's first residents.
Cacofonix again saves the day again with his
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Muhammed A.  Zidan
ضحك .. وجع .. ضحك ..
مع الاعتذار لأحمد شاكر :D :D
Vasco Ribeiro
História bem engendrada e construída em que se caricaturiza os mecanismso económicos e de mercado actuais, desde o imobiliário, á espculação de preços, à concorrência, etc.
César planeia destruir a aldeia Gaulesa romanizando-os, isto é contrata um arquiteto para criar um empreendimento imobiliário, a que chama apelativamente, o domínio dos deuses, à volta da aldeia e habitado por romanos cuja proximidade viria a destruir os hábitos e identidade da aldeia. E quase o consegue, criando na concorrênc
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David Sarkies
When I think of the theme of the Asterix's albums as being the struggle between the modern and the traditional (though traditional is probably a bad word because it is more to me like the idyllic, such as the small country town with its mum and pop businesses) this the the album that comes to mind. Basically Ceaser hatches a new plan to subdue the Gaulish village, and that is to destroy the forest and build a city around them, and them move Romans into the city so that they are slowly crushed b ...more
Helmut
5 Sesterzen für einen Fisch?

Die "Domäne der Götter", so der französische Originaltitel, soll sowohl als Prestigeobjekt Cäsars als auch zur endgültigen Vernichtung seiner Feinde, das heißt unseres kleinen gallischen Dorfs, dienen: Von einem ehrgeizigen Architekten entworfen, stolpert das Projekt bald über die bekannte Sturheit und Cleverness der unbezwingbaren Gallier, sowie über die Unwägbarkeiten des Kapitalismus...

Sehr schön, wie Goscinny und Uderzo in diesem Band den Marktkapitalismus und Exp
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Vanja Antonijevic
Interestingly, Goscinny helped Marx in the writing of the communist manifesto. At #17, this is another clear attack by the writers on social and political issues.

Wiki states:

"The book represents a particularly potent satire of 1970s France. Following the explosive riots of May 1968, Goscinny took Asterix in a direction with increasing content referring to current political events in France. This album represents both his dig against technocracy (the young urban planner), the gigantic "villes no
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Linda Hall
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!
Martin Afzelius
Love this one. Have read it more than once and every time it fills me with joy.
I have about twenty albums in the swedish language at home. This and a lot of others are my favourites.
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Capolavoro: dall’idea di Cesare di affogare i galli nel progresso (riducendo il villaggio a una bidonville ai margini di una grande e moderna città) agli interventi urbanistici nella grande foresta, dalla caratterizzazione degli schiavi (con la sottotrama che li riguarda) alle vicende della coppia romana che va a vivere nel residence costruito accanto al villaggio, si passa da una trovata geniale all’altra, tutte funzionali alla riuscita della storia.
Le vette: il “non pieghevole” in marmo distri
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Oliver
Caesar's cunning plan to build luxury flats in the Gaul's forest does not go down well. Some splendid illustrations in this one.
Francesco
Forse la mia avventura di Asterix preferita. Se la gioca con Asterix e i Britanni, ma siamo lì.
Anne
Je pense que celui-ci était le premier livre d'Astérix que j'ai lu, il y a déjà plus de dix ans. J'ai grandi en lisant beaucoup de BDs et les Astérix n'ont jamais été mes favoris, mais je me souviens d'une période où j'ai lu toutes celles qu'on avait chez nous. Évidemment je n'associait pas le problèmes présenté dans ce livre avec ce que plusieurs d'entre nous vivent aujourd'hui, mais c'est fou comment certaines choses ne changent pas au fil des siècles! Je n'aurais jamais pensé, quand j'était e ...more
Saint No Stopping Us

Seven out of ten. CBR format.

The Romans decide to build a housing development just outside the Gaulish village of Asterix and co.

Veronica Molina
Excelente el humor. Rápido, entretenido, simple pero con detalles muy buenos.
Devero
Una grande storia. Come vincere finalmente gli irriducibili galli? Caio Giulio ha l'idea di incaricare un architetto di costruire palazzine di appartamenti ai limiti della foresta, farle abitare da civili che col tempo avrebbero romanizzato pacificamente il villaggio. Asterix e Panoramix lasciano fare almeno inizialmente, anche per permettere la liberazione degli schiavi. Ma poi capiscono che il piano di Cesare sta avendo successo, e con una trovata magistrale riappacificano e riuniscono il vill ...more
Matthew Hunter
I've read so many in this series that I long ago stopped reviewing the individual installments. They're all excellent. But with Israeli settlement policies, cultural appropriation and environmental degradation shaping headlines by the minute, I find The Mansions of the Gods to have a current political relevance beyond many of the others. Absolutely great!
Keko Chezumar
Bagaimana dunia properti mengubah dunia, digambarkan dengan baik oleh Goscinny dalam komik ini. Tenaga buruh, kerusakan lingkungan akibat perluasan lahan permukiman, dan kerasnya usaha agen properti meyakinkan calon pembeli digambarkan dalam konteks masa 50 SM saat Asterix dan Obelix melawan usaha Julius Caesar dan pimpinan projek 'Negeri Dewa-Dewi' yang ingin menggusur kehidupan bangsa Galia yang tenang di desa Armorix.
Yves
Ce n'est pas un mauvais tome des Aventures d'Astérix mais ce n'est pas non plus un des pires. Je n'ai pas du tout été émerveillé par celle-ci. Je dois avouer qu'après 17 tomes, j'aime moins Astérix que lors de mon adolescence. Je ne peux pas dire pourquoi. J'ai eu beaucoup plus de plaisir à relire Tintin. Le pire c'est que ceux d'Uderzo en solo sont pire. Je vais profiter des bons qu'il me reste à lire.
Carlostondok
Cerita kalini sedikit agak kompleks. Gimana caranya si Caesar buat meruntuhkan Galia lewat pembangunan bangunan2 yg akan menggusur Galia. Ceritanya menarik sekali, gimana si Panoramix sangat berperan di cerita ini
nila
Caesar memerintahkan untuk membuat apartement di dekat desa Asterix.
Setelah orang-orang romawi bertetangga dengan desa Galia, perekonomian bertumbuh, tapi persaingan sesama orang Galia menjadi sengit. Akhirnya Asterix harus turun tangan menyelesaikan masalah mengusir orang romawi dengan cara membuat mereka tidak betah dan kembali ke Roma.
Sophie Wender
Even though Goscinny was making specific points about the Paris housing estates, for an english reader this is probably best read in conjunction with the recent BBC series 'The Secret History Of Our Streets' - misguided town planning, middle class aspirational idiocy, property obsession; it's all here, if you can forgive the more racist bits.
Bruce
The Mansions of the Gods – As the Roman’s sponsor a neighboring suburban development, can our favorite villagers resist the corrupting temptations of modernity? Terrific satire of assimilation and upward-mobility
Chris The Story Reading Ape
It's a well known fact that the Romans were execeptionally well organised, but when they constructed a building dedicated to providing a Government Service to oversee everything officially and demonstrated Officialdom at its finest, our heros had to cut through all the red tape.....
Mathieu
il est génial celui-là ! Exploitation des esclaves, lobbying écologiste d'Idefix sur fond de projets immobiliers... Un très bon épisode qui met une fois de plus en scène une manoeuvre de César pour asservir les irréductibles gaulois par des moyens détournés.
Chris
I once saw a newspaper article that showed Asterix as the farmer fighting aganist the Roman Mikey D's.

Here Asterix is all for keeping the forest pristine until evil developers come along.

See, Asterix was green before green was in.
Colin
Astérix books helped me learn French and now they're helping me learn Portuguese too. This is one of the best of the lot and I was pleased to be able to get a lot if the jokes, although I still struggle with some of the vocabulary.
Alexander
I think everyone should read this book because of how halareous characters and great story. 010101000101001001010101001001010101010100101010010101010101010010100101.101001010101010010101010101010101010101010101
Tanvi ganu

A really nice book to read ....... and it is very enjoyable!
It shows how they first like Romans coming but then they unite and drive them out of their area! The best character is of course the bard!
Farina♥Moon♥Eclipse
I've read this series of Asterix (and Obelisk) in the 90's at my Grandmother and Grandfather's place. I loved this series back there. Asterix and his friend Obelisk shared so many great adventures together!
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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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