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Asterix in Britain (Astérix #8)

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One little ancient British village still holds out against the Roman invaders. Asterix and Obelix are invited to help. They must face fog, rain, warm beer and boiled boar with mint sauce, but they soon have Governor Encyclopaedicus Britannicus's Romans declining and falling. Until a wild race for a barrel of magic potion lands them in the drink. It's not quite cricket - ho ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published May 20th 2004 by Asterix (first published September 9th 1965)
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Pramod Nair
Obelix: What do you keep on saying What for?
Anticlimax: I say Sir, don’t you know what’s what, what?


Asterix in Britain’ is one of my definite favorites among the entire Asterix series.

Originally titled in French as ‘Astérix chez les Bretons’ the eighth title of the series takes the adventures of Asterix & his mighty friend Obelix to the land of Britons with a heavy dosage of merriment, legionary bashing, a game of rugby and sumptuous feasts with Mint sauce & warm beer. Ah! Let’s not fo
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Gavin
Nov 01, 2015 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, funny, cartoon
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Asterix in Britain is one of the good ones, and more fun for me in that we didn't have it when I was a kid. So I'm not able to read it in my sleep yet.

Asterix's first cousin once-removed from England (Anticlimax) is part of a tribe of Britons holding out against the Roman invaders (sound familiar?) He sneaks out of the siege and comes to Armorica and the little Gaulish village seeking help.

Getafix brews a barrel of magic potion, and Asterix and Obelix accompany Anticlimax on the trip back to h
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Nandakishore Varma
Jan 31, 2016 Nandakishore Varma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics
This one plays off the stiff-upper-lipped English against the hot-blooded Gauls. Anticlimax is Asterix's cousin "once removed" (a nomenclature which confuses Obelix no end) from England, who is in Gaul to seek Asterix's help for his village, which is still holding out against Caesar. So Obelix and Asterix cross the channel with a barrel of magic potion - but the end is surprisingly different from what one would expect.



Throughout the book, English manners, customs, food (boar in mint sauce!) and
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Matti Karjalainen
Sarjan ehdottomaan parhaimmistoon kuuluvan albumin voisi kai kiteyttää näihin kuviin ja näihin tunnelmiin:

- Hyvänen aika! Hämmentävä spektaakkeli.
- Se on, eikö olekin.

Loppuun vielä pieni anekdootti: Goscinny ja Uderzo saivat tietävästi lukijapalautetta aina kun gallialaiset sankarimme seikkailivat eri puolilla maailmaa; milloin tekijät eivät olleet tavoittaneet jonkin alueen kansanluonnetta oikein, milloin yksityiskohdat eivät olleet kohdallaan tai niin edespäin. Englannista kirjeitä ei kuulemm
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Andy
Jul 17, 2014 Andy rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
Anyone for tea, warm beer & Mint sauce with any type of boiled meat, What!
Chris
Jun 11, 2012 Chris rated it really liked it
I think I have discovered why England hasn't won a World Cup or Euro Cup in a while. Hot water time and weekends.

I loved the Rugby match! GO Obelix!
Helmut
Jun 29, 2014 Helmut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
"Tu sais bien, Obélix, que les Romains sont en Bretagne, pour la plupart." - "Mais ce n'est pas juste ça!"

Il est, n'est-il pas? Überhaupt hat Obelix in diesem Band, vielleicht einem der bekanntesten der Reihe, nicht viel zu lachen. Erst muss er Idefix daheim lassen, dann darf er keine Römer verhauen, dann schämt er sich wegen seinem Ausfall durch gallischen Wein, schließlich darf er nicht beim Kalebassenspiel zwischen Camulodunum und Durovernum mitspielen, und dann noch das ganze gekochte Schwei
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Joseph R.
Asterix of Gaul is a famous comic book character, most notable to me because his adventures are available in Latin. His stories are a solace to those students tired of Julius Caesar and Cicero. The story is set during the Roman Empire, so it makes sense to be in Latin.

Asterix is resident of a small Gaullish village. The druid priest of the Village, Getafix, brews a potion that grants superhuman strength. Asterix drinks it now and then and beats up on the Romans while having other adventures. His
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Martin
Nov 16, 2013 Martin rated it it was amazing
I read this one at different periods of my life, and it only got better every time (in fact, I think this book's due for a re-read!). As an 8-year old kid I liked it because the characters were engaging, the story was fun, and the art was very colourful. Though admittedly some of the jokes/cultural references were over my head - if I noticed them at all.

The last edition I read was actually the German translation Asterix bei den Briten , as I was learning German at the time and reading this boo
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Krishna Kumar
May 01, 2015 Krishna Kumar rated it really liked it
“Asterix in Britain” was one of the earliest Asterix books I read, but even though I remember it with fondness, until I re-read it again, I had forgotten all the details except for the “tea” part of the story. The plot is about a sole village holding out against the Roman invaders, except that it is in Britain and without a magic potion. So one of the villagers goes to the Gaulish village to seek help to keep the Romans out. Asterix and Obelix go back with him to Britain carrying a barrel of mag ...more
Tim Roast
Oct 18, 2014 Tim Roast rated it really liked it
This is the eighth Asterix adventure and this time Asterix is in Britain.

At the book's beginning Caesar invades Britain. "All Britain was occupied... All? No... one village still holds out against the invaders." Sound familiar? Anyway they can't hold out for much longer so Anticlimax, a second cousin, once removed of Asterix, goes in search of the famous magic potion. A barrel is made and Asterix and Obelix escort Anticlimax and the barrel back across Britain with the Romans hot on their trail.
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Ojo
Jun 03, 2015 Ojo rated it really liked it
These names will never cease to make me laugh!
Raluca Popescu
Sep 10, 2015 Raluca Popescu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There were a few books I kept rereading as a child, and my tiny collection (does 3 count as a collection?) of Romanian translations of Asterix was at the front of the list. (Not only because I always forgot to pack other books when I went to the countryside, but I guess that helped.)
I picked up this particular volume on a recent trip to Paris, more as a souvenir than proper reading material. But once I did start it, I got back to childish delight in the rebellious Gauls' wacky adventures. And if
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Cecilia
Dec 19, 2008 Cecilia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Ils sont fous ces romains!... ¡Por primera vez tengo la oportunidad de decir que he podido leer uno de los comics de Asterix en francés! Hace años que vengo siguiendo las aventuras de Asterix y Ovelix, pero siempre leyendolas en traducciones al español.
"Asterix chez les bretons" es una de mis historias favoritas: tiene humor y acción. Ahora que pude leerlo en su idioma original, me parece muy interesante el recurso lingüistico para hacer que el francés parezca inglés :).
Etnagigante
Nuova avventura per Asterix e Obelix, mebri della tribù di Galli che resiste all'invasione delle armate romane di Cesare. Questa volta i due eroi dovranno aiutare la popolazione "cugina" in Gran Bretagna, dove l'Impero è sbarcato e ha sottomesso tutte le popolazioni.
Solita sequenza di scazzottate tra i galli ribelli e i soldati romani, sempre perdenti, inframmezzata da frecciatine a usi e costumi btitannici. Non manca una fugace apparizione di un gruppo di suonatori coi capelli lunghi che crea t
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Francesco
Ancora un po' acerbo il tratto ma la storia rimane un capolavoro, a partire dalla resa così geniale degli stereotipi inglesi: il té, ancora sconosciuto, sostituito da acqua calda con un velo di latte di capra o due zollette di zucchero, il fatto che il continente guidi sul lato sbagliato della strada, l'orrida cucina inglese, i Beatles, la Torre di Londra.
Ma anche gli assurdi paragoni fatti dai britannici ("Il mio giardino è più piccolo della vostra Roma ma la mia lancia è più aguzza del vostro
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Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Capolavoro, anche solo per la parodia della lingua e della cultura inglese. E poi, la trovata dell’acqua calda consumata alle cinque… Tutte queste invenzioni, poi, sorrette da una storia coi fiocchi.
Byron Harrison
Jan 09, 2011 Byron Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is brilliant but you have to read it in French or you'll miss British-isms, like "je dis" or "c'est un morceau de chance."
Lune
Mar 07, 2016 Lune rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, french
C'était toujours un de mes préférés de la série, surtout car comme enfant lors de vacances en Angleterre je détestais avec passion la sauce à la menthe qui à l'époque était partout. Je crois cela a changé entretemps et maintenant comme adulte la bière tiède me perturbe un peu... Comme Allemande habitant en Belgique: Ont les Français le droit de se moquer de la bière des autres pays? Du vin sûr, mais au sujet de la bière je ne les trouvent pas trop connaisseurs... et j'ai jamais expériencé que le ...more
Manuel Chiofi
Jan 17, 2016 Manuel Chiofi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Altro grande classico della serie (ne esiste una versione animata) Asterix e i Britanni prende in giro gli Inglesi e il rapporto dei Francesi con i loro cugini d'oltre manica.
L'acqua calda delle cinque, la cervogia tiepida e lo scuotimento delle mani sono divertenti citazioni di stereotipi inglesi che divertono per la loro bonarietà.
La botte di pozione magica da portare al villaggio é solo un pretesto per la solita girandola di avventure, compresa una partita di rugby e il salvataggio di un Obe
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Feliz
Nov 05, 2012 Feliz rated it it was amazing
my favorite Asterix
Coenraad
Dec 25, 2014 Coenraad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kyk, Asterix en sy avonture is snaaks, en sy besoek aan die land van die Britte is een van die bestes in die reeks. Maar ek het lanklaas so lank en so uitbundig gelag as tydens die lees van hierdie vertaling. Sonya van Schalkwyk-Barrois sorg vir haar beste werk in die nege boeke wat nou al in Afrikaans by Protea verskyn het. Sien, die Britte en die Galliërs praat dieselfde taal, maar die Britte druk hulself so 'n bietjie ongewoon uit. In die Engelse vertaling is hierdie verskille aangedui met 'n ...more
David Sarkies
Mar 09, 2014 David Sarkies rated it liked it
Shelves: comedy
Asterix crosses the channel for some Roman bashing and a cup of tea
29 September 2012

I did not find this particular album as good as some of the other ones that I have read, though it has nothing to do with the writer's portrayal of the British. In fact, compared to the way the Simpsons did their episode on Australia (which, as an Austalian, I found incredibly insulting) I don't think they did that bad a job (but then again, I'm not British). Okay, I didn't get the whole joke about boiled meat (
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James Venkatrao
Nov 02, 2011 James Venkatrao rated it it was amazing
This goes under 'a graphic novel' on my bingo board.
I had read this book because it looked like a very interesting graphic novel series that my friends also had read.
Asterix does it again with his companion, Obelix on his side. In this hair raising, fanatic adventure, Asterix's second cousin who is a British rebel comes in town to enlist the support of Getafix by using his magic potion, the British need it. Asterix and Obelix are needed to accompany him back home, and here is where the adventu
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Hazey
My Favourite Because…
Julius Caesar has invaded Britain and succeeded, mainly because the British soldiers under Cassivelaunos stop fighting every day to drink hot water with a little milk and refuse to fight over the weekend.

We Brits do like to laugh at our own quirkiness and this is an Hilarious take on the British at it’s best.

I’m not so sure that Mykingdomforanos did actually impede Caesar's plans, but I do know one small village holds out against the Roman invaders. Asterix and Obelix are in
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Vanja Antonijevic
Jan 07, 2008 Vanja Antonijevic rated it really liked it
The eight comic in the Asterix series, and also one of the best. Some of the most memorable moments are found in this book. Highly recommended.

The plot, according to Wiki, is as follows:

"Julius Caesar has invaded Britain and succeeded, mainly because the British soldiers under Cassivelaunos stop fighting every day to drink hot water (with a drop of milk), and refuse to fight over the weekend. As with Gaul, a single village remains independent, defying the Romans. One member of the village, Anti
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Sarah Crawford
Jan 29, 2016 Sarah Crawford rated it really liked it
Caesar invades Britain and conquers it except for one small village. One of the guys has a relative in the village where Asterix lives, so he sets off to go there and get some magic potion.

Asterix and Obelix will help the guy take the potion back to his town in Britain. They get the potion to Britain but a comedy of errors follows as the potion is taken by the Romans and goes from one place to another (ending up with a bunch of super-strong fish). The Romans get a thorough thumping as do the pi
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César Viteri
May 11, 2014 César Viteri rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
El estilo de Goscinny y Uderzo en este punto ya se ha consolidado, y este primer viaje a los tópicos y caricaturas de un país vecino es tan divertido como entrañable.

Asterix y Obélix, acompañados por el flemático Buentorax viajan a Britania con un peligroso barril de poción mágica a cuestas, pasando por escenas antológicas como la cata de los legionarios o el partido de rugby.

Muy recomendado.
Frederick Tan
Feb 07, 2016 Frederick Tan rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
A little village in Britain just as in Gaul, have resisted the invading force of the Roman Empire. Now the inhabitant of this village has invited Asterix and Obelix to assist them in their quest to continue to defy the Roman. In the ensuing chaos, thing turn nasty for the duo as they have to fight off the incremental weather as well as the local food to succeed.
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!
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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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