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Asterix and the Cauldron by René Goscinny
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Jan 10, 08

This is # 13, and a fair, but not great addition to the series.

Summary from Wikipedia:

"Whosemoralsarelastix, the chief of a neighboring Gaulish village, is a mean and greedy man who often does business with the Romans. When the Romans instigate new taxes, Whosemoralsarelastix says he does not want to pay and asks the people of Asterix's village to safeguard a cauldron full of money, his village's treasures.

Asterix is left in charge of the cauldron full of sestertii which promptly gets stolen during the night. As the strict laws of the Gauls demand, Asterix is banished, and Obelix immediately “banishes” himself to stay with his friend. In order to regain his honor, Asterix (with Obelix's help) must find money to refill the cauldron and repay Whosemoralsarelastix..."

Other Wiki points:

"-When Obelix suggests they get paid by telling people their adventures, Asterix rejects the idea as unlikely to raise any money. The joke is that, by this time, the series had made Goscinny and Uderzo two very wealthy men.

-Goscinny and Uderzo themselves appear in the story. When the Roman dignitaries assemble at the theatre at the beginning of the show, Uderzo is shown talking to the Prefect, while Goscinny, on the right, is making his neighbours laugh.

-The tax collector in the book appears to be a caricature of Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, the French minister of finance at that time. He later became President.

-This is the first - and so far only - volume in which the pirates actually enjoy a happy ending. This is also the first of the few rare stories where their ship is not sunk. "

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