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Tim im Kongo

(Tintin #2)

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Mit einem großen Ozeandampfer haben Tim, der pfiffige Reporter, und sein treuer Freund Struppi die weite Reise in den Kongo gemacht. Auf einer Fotosafari erleben sie und ihr Führer Coco zahlreiche aufregende Abenteuer. So muss Tim nicht nur mit einem riesigen Krokodil kämpfen und Struppi aus den Klauen eines Gorillas befreien - er versucht sich auch an einer Missionarsschu ...more
Paperback, 64 pages
Published December 5th 1997 by Carlsen Comics (first published October 1st 1930)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Tintin au Congo = Tintin in the Congo (Tintin #2), Hergé
Tintin in the Congo (French: Tintin au Congo) is the second 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 May 1930 to June 1931 before being published in a collected volume by Éditions de Petit Vingtième in 1931. The story tells of young Belgian reporter T
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Aishu Rehman
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: most-favourite
I recently read TinTin in the Congo and found it a delightful book. The text is humorous and the artwork is (as always with Herge's works) well done and entertaining. I recommend this volume for any age; I especially recommend it as a fun book to read to your children or grandchildren. The hand wringing from the easily offended politically correct crowd to the contrary notwithstanding, this book accurately captures the impressions that anyone from an advanced country would have in travelling to ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Ah, the infamous Tintin Au Congo. This is the edition that is widely available these days, i.e. the redrawn, coloured and “sanitized” version. Comparisons between the original art and the art on display here shows that originally it didn’t look much different than Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, if perhaps slightly better. In fact, Tintin looks like something from a Black & White Quick & Flupke story in the original version (unsurprisingly, since it is by the same author / artist). Wh ...more
Luís C.
There is no need to revisit the polemic about the "ambient" racism and the colonialist clichés (although the reflection of an era and its mentalities) that flood this second volume. Without counting on the caricature of the hunting-poaching...
Otherwise, the character begins to choke, as well as his personality. The designs are refined.
Manybooks
As a child, when I first read Hergé's Tintin comic books (graphic novels) in German, and when I still rather tended to enjoy even some of the more politically incorrect and problematic earlier instalments, already at that time (in the late 70s), Tintin au Congo regularly and generally tended to make me both physically and mentally cringe at the blatant stereotyping, the colonialism, the overt and nasty racism depicted (so much so, that I actually never managed to fully finish reading the book un ...more
Greg
Dec 21, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-novels
Hmmm, this was a bit of a disappointment. I have heard how racist this book was, and Herge did choose to draw all of the African natives in a very sterotypical early 20th century way, and they aren't quite as smart as Tintin is, but from the three books of Herge's I've read now no one is really as smart as Tintin in the stories. They way the natives talk is a kind of stilted 'dumb' sort of way, but Herge also does this with the Soviets in the first Tintin book, and with the Mafia gangsters in th ...more
Cyndi
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven’t read in French since high school, so this was a double adventure. Always a pleasure to travel with TinTin and Snowy, even if some of the African representations are outdated and now considered racist.
Orion
Aug 06, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Tintin in the Congo, while written for the children's section of a Belgian newspaper in 1930, is so full of Eurocentric racism and speciesism that it cannot be recommended as reading for young people. However, as an example of white supremacy attitudes of the time, it is an interesting document. The book has often been left out of Tintin collections or edited to soften its most egregious content. I found two English language black and white (and one Spanish language color) editions online at www ...more
Alix West
Jun 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
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Sophie Crane
Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m giving this book 4 stars purely as a collectors edition to make up the full Tintin series & as a piece of literary history, otherwise it would have scored zero. It’s a terrible story. It’s horribly patronising towards Africans & for that alone was not stocked in book shops for years. Plus it features Tintin hunting beautiful animals, such as Elephants, that today are rightfully protected. I’ve explained these facts to my boys & they don’t want to read the book for fear of it tain ...more
Farhana
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic-books
Umm it's kind of racist. In the first book (Tintin in the land of Soviets) Snowy the dog saves frozen Tintin by using salt as a freezing point depressor - quite scientific!

In this issue, Snowy becomes afraid as it finds a spider in the morning, breaks a mirror on their voyage to Congo thinking these may bring them dangers. Quite superstitious by this time, to give away the notion of prevailing superstition among the African countries! Even in operating table Snowy becomes frightened seeing an Af
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J.G. Keely
Like the last volume in the series, this one is another flop bearing no real resemblance to the themes, characters, or style of the later series. The whole thing is a haphazard cartoon filled with slapstick violence starring pugnacious jerk Tintin and his bad-joke-making dog.

Yeah, the treatment of Africans and big game hunting make H. Rider Haggard look tame and responsible in comparison, though I find it hard to argue that the stylized drawings of the Africans are racist, since it's not like th
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Dan
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead ...more
Anwesha
Sep 06, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this is probably the only tintin stuff that I didn't like.I read it may be two years ago, and I was pretty sure that its a fake one,may be some one else wrote it (mine was a translated version). But when I googled it, I was kind of devastated.I grew up with Tintin , and loved him for his courage and intelligence, but in this book he acted like a racist animal hating jerk.I don't know whether Harge was a hardcore racist or just a product of his time, but this is the only book where he let me down ...more
Mohammed Abdi Osman
Looks better artwise than the first volume but its a very weird book and not because of outdated,racist look on Africa. The treatment of the animals,the callaous way they are destroyed,the great white hunter thing disturbed me the most.

Tintin was my childhood hero when i read the series but the first two volumes are not fun,the Tintin everyone knowns.
Nandakishore Varma
Tintin at his racist best. I think this book has been pulled from publication everywhere.
Tintin
Nov 18, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Awkward to have such a moment archived.
Dr Rashmit Mishra
Oct 21, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The last time I read this book I was fairly young and didn't have much of a moral code so reading it this time I come to realise how fairly despicable this book was and how it portrayed Tintin doing everything that I believe to be wrong

From treating the natives of Congo as an inferior species , to treating them as slaves and then killing animals who were fairly innocent and then showing no remorse whatsoever for his action

Granted the book belonged in a time period that believed in the darker to
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Coenraad
This Tintin adventure has become notorious because of the horribly stereotypical depiction of Africa. Everything about it indicates its cartoon nature: the ideology is outdated and shocking to modern readers, the action / violence easy and over very quickly with hardly any consequences, the links between episodes too tenuous, and most episodes deal either with encounters with African animals or the baddie who wants to bump Tintin off. Not an excellent example of Hergé's art - later adventures ha ...more
John
May 23, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I had to read this in French, because it has been banned in English. There seems to be a move to ban it in French as well. Here's an article in French about how they're trying to ban it in Belgium:

http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article...

I'm definitely opposed to banning books simply because their opinions are out of fashion - this one was written in 1930 and has a very very patronising view of African people. However in 1930 it wasn't a work of evil, and it should not be considered one today.

How
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Morgan Borthwick
Sep 01, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It's not that this is one star dreck, it's more that I know what Herge was capable of and while the art is excellent, the story is utter rubbish - even ignoring the racism and animal cruelty - they catch the villains and then there's ten pages spent hunting animals to finish. We never revisit the village, so many plot points ignored and it's literally just wandering around finding animals and running away from them. It is a fascinating time capsule of a book, even this sanitised English translat ...more
Kim
The second of the Tintin adventures this one, like the first, is one I never read as a child. And I'm glad I didn't. Not political like the first one this volume is set in the Belgian Congo as it was known at the time. It is full of white European Imperialist ideas and beliefs. The native Africans are depicted with racist stereotypes and cruelty to animals abound. I see lots of 4 and 5 star "reviews" but I doubt those people have actually sat down and read this properly. Or at all.

Thankfully the
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C.
This is definitely one of the crappier Tintins. Quite apart from the rampant racism (context be damned, it's positively revolting) it's fragmentary and episodic in the extreme. Just as you think that he's disposed of the bad guy, he pops back up again and suddenly Tintin is running again. And there's a crocodile involved somewhere, and a kindly missionary (or was the missionary the bad guy?) and at one stage the Congolese tribe ends up worshipping Milou. Um.

However, it was interesting to read th
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Anna Kļaviņa
I'm not familiar with the Tintin series and Tintin in the Congo is my first introduction with the series. I purposely choose the most infamous volume to read, to see is it as bad as it is said to be. It is. The racism, the white man superiority and careless attitude towards animals is distasteful however, I've heard, other volumes are much better and I might read one for Kaito in the future.
Amalie
The Fans of Tintin series know about the painstaking research Herge had done while composing the world around Tintin. Tintin books are well-known for their accuracy and detail of the environments. In this light, Tintin's Congo journey is pretty disturbing.

What is worse, before this was published as a book, a Belgian newspaper in the 1930s had included this in its children's section. Perhaps today, this can be used as an interesting document to teach young people about Eurocentric racism and Col
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Dan
Jul 15, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Such vile, complete, and deeply degrading racism. I can't believe I grew up in a culture that "innocently" circulates and even celebrates such shit.
Malvika
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I read Tintin for only one purpose: the nostalgia it brings and nothing more. Like his other works, but even more so in this one, Herge's racist attitude towards anyone who is not a white-skinned person from the European continent is apparent in Tintin in the Congo. Racism, hunting, stereotypes are abundant in this book.
But, hey, I am only reading it for the nostalgia.
Maria
Aug 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
This is the one Tintin book I haven't read or seen on TV (Has anyone seen Adventures of Tintin here? My brother and I used to watch it after school when we were kids). A friend recently mentioned it to me and apparently there was this big issue about the glorification of hunting animals in this book. So naturally, I had to read it. Well, what can I say? I was shocked with the scene where Tintin (view spoiler) ...more
Meepelous
Nov 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Racism, imperialism, questionable big game hunting practices and publishers apology for all those things aside this is a pretty shit book.

As far as the art goes, while the basic style is the same as all the other Tintin comics I've read, Herge only seemed able to draw a couple different kinds of people. So a lot of the characters end up looking the same with very minor differences.

The characters are also pretty flat and lackluster in this story. Missing are most of the people that I've come to
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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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