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The Broken Ear

(Tintin #6)

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  9,336 ratings  ·  257 reviews
The classic graphic novel. A sacred tribal statue has been stolen from the museum! Tintin and Snowy are on the case! Clues lead them straight into the heart of the jungle.
Paperback, American Edition, 62 pages
Published May 30th 1978 by Little, Brown and Co. (first published 1937)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
L'Oreille Cassee = The Broken Ear (Tintin, #6), Hergé
The Broken Ear (French: L'Oreille cassée), also published as Tintin and the Broken Ear, is the sixth volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Commissioned by the conservative Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle for its children's supplement Le Petit Vingtième, it was serialised weekly from December 1935 to February 1937. The story tells of young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, who pursue
B Schrodinger
Nov 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Ah, Tintin. It's been a while since I have read one of his adventures. I have picked up a few in the last few years aiming to get around to them one day. I guess like a lot of people, I first came across Tintin in the local library. They had 5 or 6 that were hot items in my day. If you saw one you hadn't read yet you had to snap that one up real quick because you may not see it again for months on end.

So I started with the earliest story I own, 'The Broken Ear'. When a South American idol is st
Feb 28, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics, my-library
In this installment, Tintin takes us through a mystery of a stolen Arumbaya fetish and a murder. With many mishaps and almost loss of life, his adventure ultimately turns well for all leading to the recovery of the fetish and solving the mystery behind.

This is not a favourite of mine in the series, nevertheless, it is a good adventure. I had completely forgotten the talking parrot whose "talk" made me roll with laughter as a child. I did find it so funny. This is what I like about rereading my
Nov 24, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.

Tintin is shown less superhero like in his fighting powers than in the last two books. This helps to enjoy the story better.

A nice mix of detective story and screwball scenes.
Nick Cox
As much as I enjoyed this book, I had to conclude that Tintin is a bloody terrible journalist. At first he investigates the theft of a South American Indian artifact and tails its thieves to their home country. So far so good. Then he gets arrested and faces a firing squad, but is saved by a revolution and through improbable chance finds himself as a colonel and personal aide to the new presidente. Any journalist in his position would start filing stories on their inside view of the new regime, ...more
Feb 21, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: portable
there's still a lot of deus ex machina, but it was still fun ...more
This volume sees Tintin on the trail of a stolen idol from a South American native tribe. There he arrives in the middle of an ongoing revolution not to mention potential war with a neighbouring country with this agenda being pushed by oil companies. This was actually based on a real conflict between Bolivia and Paraguay and involving Shell and Standard Oil.

Tintin eventually meets members of the tribe who the idol was made by. There are some slight racist shades similar to Tintin in the Congo bu
Harish Challapalli
Nov 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Very interesting plot as usual!! Looks like this episode is on the phase where the entire adventures of tintin has took a greater leap forward! Before this episode, the adventures were more of a luck rather than a true one!! The acumen nature of tintin was very well described here and I found this book as the first of all!!

However, at most parts the plot was completely irrelevant! I felt bored at few pages in the middle!! There are some loose ends which are left alone!! I can say that the reason
[re-read 1/9-2/9/2018] tintin has always been a part of my childhood. i am probably one of the biggest tintin enthusiasts you will ever meet. however, when going back and re-reading the comics (especially the earlier ones), it's easy to find a lot of flaws.

i gave this three stars mostly for nostalgia's sake. but is the broken ear /that/ good? no. there are certainly much better tintin stories, especially later on as hergé improved his style and the times changed. i think i'm going to go and watc
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A fetish of the South American Arumbaya tribe is stolen from the Museum of Ethnography. The Arumbaya tribe live along the banks of the River Coliflor in the Republic of San Theodoros. This leads Tintin to begin his investigations leading him on anew quest. The fetish seems to have been returned but Tintin discovers that the reinstated version is a fake, as the original had a broken ear.
The plot thickens after artist Jacob Balthazar is found murdered in his room.
Through Balthazar's pet parrot, bo
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Storywise I've read a lot better. I think, nevertheless, it's worth the try. One is soon transported to some South America nation, banana-like Republic, always in turmoil due to the "revolution". Right, quite often you'll read some characters shouting "freedom or death". Fights between nations are promoted by the Americans, the oil & guns dealers.

Tintim this time around is in search for a totem, a sort of fetiche, thought to belong to an old tribe, the Arumbaias. There's a catch regarding the fe
Ashley Capes
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tintin
The Broken Ear for me, is a solid entry into the Tintin series – and a solid Tintin story is still pretty ace when you get down to it, but ultimately, it’s just not one of my favourites.

During his search for the missing fetish with the broken ear, Tintin ends up in South America where he enlists in the army under the temperamental General Alcazar (who will go on to have other appearances in Tintin adventures), the high point of which being a pretty impressive car chase.

As ever, there are some g
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing of my favorite comic-series, the graphics are so cute!
Kellyn Roth
I love the dart guns and the crazy natives and the hiding place of the jewel in this one. As always, it's a hilarious, exciting adventure with Tintin. :) ...more
Benjamin Stahl
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was ok
This is a strange entry in the Tintin series. Much of it was not that fun, but there were some moments that, added up, nearly earned it three stars. As regards its lesser qualities, there wasn't a whole lot I found visually interesting, there were quite a few denser-than-usual speech bubbles, the villains were lame, whose accented dialogue was annoying to read, and much of the story jumps around too randomly - even for a Tintin comic. Tintin himself, at least during the first half, comes across ...more
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tintin The Broken Ear

I started reading Tintin comics when I lived in Greece. I would go to the local "periptero" or kiosk, wherever I was--Athens, Tripoli, Amaliada, Chania, and pick up a new copy of Tintin. I've never read it in English; only in Greek. Greeks publish the text in comics in either all block letters or in normal lower case, complete with accent marks. I needed to learn properly printed Greek, so I found that I could do that in lower-cased Tintin comics. With my pocket size Devry’s
This album feels a bit all over the place plotwise: a replaced fetich, (view spoiler). It's quite hard to believe that Tintin is in fact a reporter, as he doesn't report on anything, but rather gets involved in the mess.

The Arumbaya fetich was based on a Chimu statue that you still can visit at the Brussels' Musée du Cinquentaire: Another link with Brussels is - surprising
Aug 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have a vivid memory of this being the first Tintin I ever watched (in the cartoon series made in the early 90s), long before I was able to get my hands on a copy of it. So, I'm pretty sure this review is a nostalgic tribute more than anything else. Although, I must admit, that the story goes into a long strange tangent around the middle of the book, which derails the main plot. It seems that Tintin would never get any work done (or even stay alive) if it weren't for the kindness of strangers, ...more
Martin DH
Dec 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hergés early work, criticizing the mentality of North American oil companies' (and weapon industry) actions in South America (the fictive countries are loosly based on Paraguay and Bolivia). Even though Herge shows scepticism towards North America he also expresses an irony towards the revolutionary people in those countries. He has come a long way from his two earliest and very critiqued works but still pictures "The Savage and The Civilized Person"-kind of relation when Tintin meets an Indian ...more
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is not one of the better Tintin books. The illustration makes it very apparent that this is one of the earlier books. I find the story line to be rather choppy. This book was also penned before the introduction of Captain Haddock or Professor Calculus; even the Thompson Twins do not have much depth to them. It is noteworthy that General Alcazar makes his first appearance in this adventure. This book should be read before Herge's final Tintin adventure, Tintin and the Picaros, which in some ...more
Maria Carmo
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Another funny adventure by Tin-tin and Milu! The scenes in Latin America are really funny, especially when Alcazar takes Tin-tin for an admirer and decides to nominate him his Aide de Camp! Very funny and witty, as always. The relentless persecution by dutiful Dupond and Dupont continues, much for their own aggravation - in fact, they LIKE Tin-tin, and are still trying to detain him out of a sense of duty...

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon 6 January 2015.
When Tintin hears that an artifact from South American was stolen from the museum Tintin is intrigued to find it. But very soon the artifact was returned it and Tintin is sure that it isn't the original and follows a lead to the South America.
Tintin gets in trouble as usual but in the end he find the original artifact and the story behind it.
Michael Gerald
Mar 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Herge takes Tintin on an adventure on a mythical country in South America. The book is an interesting study of anthropology and is partly based on an actual event: the war between Bolivia and Paraguay in the 1930s due to the provocations of two petroleum giants in those times.
Feb 01, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting read, but without the captain it was a little dry and bland.
Apr 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When you read these comics by the French Herge it is easy to see how the influence of these comics have had on the likes of Spielberg and Lucas. These adventures can easily be projected upon the Indiana Jones adventures which also concern a globetrotting hero who gets involved in cases that steer clear of the normal human.
In this one Tintin gets involved in the theft of a South American fetish or statue with a broken ear. It involves a parrot who knows the perpetrator of the murder of a profess
Andrew Ives
Oct 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens, comics
This is the 7th Tintin book I've ever read, and possibly the least captivating as the story of Tintin on the trail of a South American statuette skips from UK, to a boat, to South America, back home, a plane, a boat... basically, it could go on forever, or more preferably, half as long. Tintin's usual accomplices and friends are all absent and the end result was rather underwhelming too. The artwork is always quite colourful and pleasant though. 3/5 ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pretty-fantastic
Manages to be both adventurous and silly. Less characters, but the plot is very character-driven and not at all boring. I do miss Captain, of course.
Have some fun quotes:
"And you'll never believe it...Just between the three of us...the passenger...isn't a man isn't a omelette!"
Tetty Marlinda
#27 for 2018
Genre: Children Comic
Adham Seifo
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 3-stars
Fast paced, great action, funny villians, great art, amazing plot, charasmatic characters.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comics
My first Tintin ... I think we all remember out first Tintin.
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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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