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The Secret of the Unicorn (Tintin #11)

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In this classic graphic novel: Tintin stumbles across a model ship at the Old Street Market. Only it isn't just any model ship-it's the Unicorn, carved by one of Haddock's ancestors, and it holds a clue to finding pirate treasure!
Paperback, 62 pages
Published June 30th 1974 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published 1943)
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Arnela I'm not an educator, but Tintin is plenty entertaining, a lot of slap stick comedy where someone gets bonked on the head or trips down the stairs,…moreI'm not an educator, but Tintin is plenty entertaining, a lot of slap stick comedy where someone gets bonked on the head or trips down the stairs, there's no cursing, but there are are some small shootouts [depending on which story it is] because Tintin and Haddock are dealing with bad guys that are out to get em'.

Tintin is of pretty good moral standing, treating the people around him with respect, but at the same time he's not scared to stand up for himself or for someone else.

The only issue might be that people are genuinely trying to kill the hero so he can't bring them to justice, and that some more compound words are utilized which might make reading smoothly difficult.(less)

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Brendon Schrodinger
Dec 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
And so I reach quintessential Tintin in my Tintin read through.

The plot line will be quite familiar to those who have seen the Spielberg/Jackson film as it forms the basis for the first part of the story. Tintin purchases a model ship as a gift to Captain Haddock and is surprised when two people immediately show great interest in his purchase. Tintin refuses their offers and takes the ship home. He later finds that his apartment has been broken into and the ship stolen. Tintin tries to track the
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Arghavan
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: کودکی
شروع دوبارهی کامیکبوکخوندن با این بود، که موردعلاقهترین تنتن کودکیهام هم. :] ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
Le secret de la Licorne=The Secret of the Unicorn (Tintin #11), Hergé
عنوان: اسب شاخدار؛ نویسنده: هرژه؛ مترجم: خسرو سمیعی؛ تهران، یونیورسال، 1354، در 62 ص؛ موضوع: داستانهای فکاهی از نویسندگان بلژیکی قرن 20 م
Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
সেরা টিনটিন গুলোর একটা। শীতের রাত বলে রকষা। সবাই কান ঢেকে ঘুমাচছে। নতুবা রাতদুপুরে আমার হাসির চোটে বাসার লোকজনের ঘুম ভাঙলে আমার জায়গা হতো মানসিক হাসপাতাল। নাহ, আর বড় হতে পারলাম না। পুরো পাঁচতারা, বছরের পরথম পাঁচতারা কলিক করার সৌভাগয এল এতটা দেরিতে। ...more
Bethany
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is still my all-time favourite Tintin book, with the sequel, Red Rackham's Treasure (Tintin, #12) by Hergé a close second!
Maria Carmo
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Why are so many people interested in the miniature of a ship bought by Tintin at the Market? And what has this ship to do with an ancestor of Captain Haddock???
To find out, read this wonderful new adventure of Tintin, Milu, Captain Haddock, and the inseparable Dupond and Dupont!


Maria Carmo,

Lisbon 12 January 2015.
Amalie
Dec 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: graphic-novels
I'm not a huge fan of graphic novels but I absolutely adore Tintin and Asterix. I specially like this one because this is the story where Tin and his best friend, "blistering barnacles" Captain Haddock have their first great adventure, although we meet him in 'The Crab with the Golden Claws'.


From Wikipedia :

Set during a largely realistic 20th century, the hero of the series is Tintin, a young Belgian reporter. He is aided in his adventures from the beginning by his faithful fox terrier dog Sno
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أحمد
Mar 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
At one point it went Godfather-dark. I liked that.
Sophie
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I want to start out this review by thanking my brother for introducing me to Tintin, because if it wasn't for him, I would have never read any of the books. And as much as I was first adamant against reading them, I have come to realize that I actually enjoy them. A lot.

They're filled with a load of humour, adventure, amazing characters and fantastic artwork! Plus they're nice easy reads when you're tired of reading novels all day. This story, in particular, is fantastic, and I'm excited to rea
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Bipasha{is eviscerated by fiction}
The Secret of the Unicorn is actually part one of a two-part adventure rendered in highly realistic comic book/graphic novel style by the Belgian artist/writer Herge in the mid-1940s. This story of a hunt for lost pirate treasure ends in a cliffhanger, with the actual undersea search occurring in the follow-up, Red Rackham's Treasure. Those two books, along with episodes from the unrelated Tintin adventure The Crab With the Golden Claws, are the basis of the Steven Spielberg-directed film The Ad ...more
Cbj
Dec 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
***SPOILERS ALERT***

Tintin stumbles upon a ship model at the market and decides to buy it for Captain Haddock. But there are people out to buy the model from him, whatever the cost. The sub-plot involves a pick pocket who turns out to be a klepto.

The Secret of the Unicorn must rank as one of the best Tintin comics. Certainly in the top 5. The sequence were Captain Haddock narrates his ancestors history (which includes the encounter with the pirates) while consuming many gallons of rum is outrag
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Ashley Capes
Nov 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: tintin

The Secret of the Unicorn and it's follow-up, Red Rackham's Treasure represent some of the best storytelling in the Tintin adventures and while this adventure is stronger than part 2, there's still lots to love within both volumes - especially the pickpocket :)

(Reading up on this one I found it interesting that while Herge worked for a Nazi controlled paper (during WWII occupation) it was there that his focus on plot and character narrowed down, dropping some of the political satire earlier volu
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Harish Kumar Challapalli
Liked The book a lot!! Though the movie is completely different with the comic, I liked the both versions!! The comic was simply narrated and very interesting! It was so grippy!! Liked snowy role in this part a lot!! Thompson and thompson were hilarious as usual!! Tin tin was awesome with his spontaneous nature and his guts!! A great comic!!
Karem Gutierrez
Dec 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved it! The story is funny and entertaining, and the illustrations are so beautiful! I think I'm going to read all the comic books since the first because I only have this one physically.
Scottsdale Public Library
I grew up outside of the US and have been a huge fan of Tintin since childhood, so I am pleased to see that these wonderful stories are becoming more widely known in this country since the recent release of “The Adventures of Tintin” movie.
Hergé, a Belgian artist, wrote 23 books from 1929 – 1975 about Tintin, the brave young reporter who travels the world, and his faithful fox terrier dog Snowy (Milou in the original French). There are several other characters who regularly appear in the books -
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Justyn Rampa
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of three TinTin stories that form the basis for the film coming out later this year.

I had expected to review TinTin as part of my project anyway and started with this one since it shares the name with the movie.

I was aware of TinTin although this is the first time I have read the comic, in my youth I watched the animated series based on TinTin and took a liking to the lad but I don't really remember much of what I watched.

The series is well written with a colorful cast of cooky char
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Jake
Jan 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Tintin's adventures are refreshing, even though this one was written 70 years ago, as they make everything so easily available. It's hard to walk the balance these days. I feel like it'd be harder to market something like Tintin now. Either it would be pushed towards more gritty or more family-oriented. Tintin stories just include whatever Hergé felt was necessary. Murder and booze are always hanging around the boy-wonder journalist and his dog, as they do everything can to solve every mystery i ...more
Tosh
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ah I always do things half-assed backwards. Ok, so this is the first part of the two part story and I sort of gave a review for the second part. What's amazing and interesting is how much research Hergé did for his stories. Besides clothing, he had a good eye for architecture as well as weapons, automobiles, etc. These young reader editions all have additional information regarding the story - and overall its very interesting. Similar to a bonus on a DVD set. The world of TinTin is very very ric ...more
Catherine Woodman
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is where Herge really started to get great. A series of wallet-snatchings in plaguing Brussels, which Thomson and Thompson are investigating. Meanwhile, Tintin buys an old model of a ship as a present for Haddock, and is immediately accosted by two people who want to buy it from him. Both stories converge when the ship and one of the missing wallets become parts of the key to the final resting place of the Unicorn, Sir Francis Haddock's legendary ship. Just before the Unicorn went down, Had ...more
Josep A. Rivero
Apr 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Evidentemente una relectura

Aprovechando el próximo estreno de las películas de Spielberg sobre el personaje, hemos escogido estos dos títulos como lectura para mis gemelos (4 años)... (siempre leemos tres cuentos, uno lo escoge la peque, otro el peque y el último el lector)... para mi sorpresa a partir del segundo día ya eran ellos los que pedían Tintin... que no es precisamente infantil... curioso.
CHERRY
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first Tintin, and I read it for school as it is a selected reader for this term.

I can't say the plot is capturing, but it's easy to follow and has its creative bits to keep you engaged. The characterisation through word choices and pictures is however amazing - even Snowy has quite a personality.
Thomas
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tintin
This is the first Tintin book I ever read and by far the best! I have re read it numerous times. Its is about how Tintin and his friend Captain Haddock try to find out more about Captain Haddocks family history.
Asser Mattar
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
لأن من النور سياتي النور
Nhi Le (The Literary Bystander)
Nov 28, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: owned-books
Why I hadn't thought of just writing up these review instead of putting off making the video versions is beyond me. Anyway, enough about that - let's get down to this comic (books) vs movie review of
The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn.

Now the 2011 film is adapted from three different comics by Herge, which are: The Crab with the Golden Claw, The Secret of the Unicorn and Red Rackham's Treasure. While the Tintin series has and already built-in fanbase in Europe (to say it is just well
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Erin Britton
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When Tintin spots an old model ship at a Brussels market, he believes that it will make the perfect birthday gift for his friend Captain Haddock. It quickly becomes apparent though that Tintin is not the only one interested in the ship and he has to avoid the aggressive bargaining of two other would-be purchasers before he is able to get the model safely back to his flat. It doesn’t stay safe for long though as Snowy, Tintin’s loyal doggy companion, is scampering about the flat and knocks the sh ...more
Dec
Jul 09, 2017 rated it liked it
It was alright, the first Tintin I've read. He didn't really go on too much of an adventure and he destroyed some antiques, shocking behaviour. I read the english verison too, and I don't like how they changed the characters' nationalities to british and threw uppity english slang over everything. I was hoping it would have stayed truer to how it Hergé would have wrote it and get that continental feel, but I suppose back in the day it would have been the only way to sell it to an english market, ...more
Kareembahaa'
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
العدد ده كان من الاعداد النادرة و بالصدفة لقيته في طباعات دار المعارف الجديدة للسلسلة .. قصة مصورة ضخمة تحتوي على مغامرة اكثر نضجا قصصيا من المغامرة الاولي .. وبتتحول العلاقة بين تان تان و هادوك اي صداقة حقيقية .. العدد يحتوي العديد من المواقف المسرودة بشكل ممتع زي تجربة الفلاش باك عن حكايه جد هادوك و ازاي بيتم مزج بين لقطات الماضي ولقطات هادوك اللي بيحكي لتان تان القصة .. و في تمهيد للاستمرار المغامرة في جزء تالي بحيث يحقق نهاية امتداد ..
من الاعداد الممتعة من السلسلة و فهمت ليه اختفي بسرعة وسعي
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Christopher Sinclair
Jul 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wonderfull story and the start of a two part treasure hunt. If you love pirates you will like this one. The only downside is that as a boy this was one of the harder ones for me to read as apart from the pirate flashback which is excellent the visuals of the rest of the book are more bland. A classic but one more appreciated as you get older and your reading skills are more advanced.
Prateek Kouloorkar
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
Maybe i didn't find it amusing since i had seen the movie when it came out.But hey its not like i enjoyed the movie as well. okay'ish at its best

I might also be because it was written for audiences of 1940's and i ave read it after 74 years since published,the storytelling nowadays have dramatically changed and i believe we should keep this in mind before drawing conclusions.
Saiyara
Jun 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Very funny!
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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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