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Asterix and the Soothsayer

(Astérix #19)

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One dark and stormy night, a sinister visitor arrives in the little Gaulish village. Prolix, who claims too be a soothsayer, prophesies that when the storm is over the weather will improve. And it does! Now the credulous villagers believe every word he says, but Asterix has his suspicions of the smooth-talking Prolix. Who is really right about the soothsayer?
Paperback, 48 pages
Published December 16th 2004 by Asterix (first published 1972)
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Vedran Karlić
Feb 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Svi koji zovu i vjeruju vidovitom Milanu (i njemu sličnima) bi trebali ovo pročitati. Samo se bojim kako ih pola ne bi shvatilo.
Violeta
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reencuentro con la infancia. Un imprescindible del cómic y la literatura infantil. Está claro que debe retraducirse, dado que tiene muchos errores (también aciertos), pero tal y como está el panorama con la publicación de los Astérix, con que los chavales puedan seguir accediendo a estos tesoros me conformo.
Helmut
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comics
Der böse Mentalist
Dieser Astérix-Band ist ganz klar ein Gegenentwurf zur von mir sehr geliebten Fernsehserie "The Mentalist" - Der Seher in diesem Band nutzt seine Cold-Reading-Fähigkeiten bei zugegebenermaßen etwas leichtgläubigen gallischen Hinterwäldlern aus, um sich materielle Vorteile zu erschleichen. Dass er dabei Unfrieden im Dorf sät, und Astérix der einzige ist, der sich nicht von den "nach Regen kommt Sonnenschein"-Vorhersagen des Trickbetrügers das Hirn verschwurbeln lässt, ist ihm eg
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Oct 30, 2016 marked it as to-read
Asterix and the Soothsayer (Astérix #19), René Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
Jackie
Ein Unwetter tobt, und die Gallier sind alle im Haus des Majestix versammelt, schliesslich könnte ihnen doch der Himmel auf den Kopf fallen! Und Miraculix ist an einem Jahrestreffen im Karnutenwald und kann das Dorf somit nicht beschützen... Inmitten des unheimlichen Gewitters steht plötzlich ein Fremder an der Tür: Lügfix, der vorgibt, ein Seher zu sein. Da Obelix nicht zulässt, dass der Fremde die Zukunft des gallischen Dorfes aus den Eingeweiden von Idefix liest, begnügt sich dieser eben mit ...more
Lian Dewatmoko
Aug 02, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comic
This book tells us not to believe to soothsayer. God has his willing. Think first before we believe what people said.

The story began with a terrible storm in the village that scared everyone, especially because the druid was not in the village. Then, the soothsayer came and told everything, people began to belive what he said. Not only the Gaul, even the Roman believed what he said.

That's why we need to think clearly before we believe what people said, especially if that come from a big mouth p
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Oliver
Nov 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For some reason I never used to like Soothsayer. I have reformed my opinion. A charlatan Soothsayer comes to the village, driving the Gauls into a frenzy of ambition and envy. The Romans see an opportunity, only for Centurion Voluptuous Arteriosclerosus to himself become convinced by the Soothsayer. Chaos and biffing follow...
Chris
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
What is a soothsayer to do when confronted by Asterix?

He should've run away. Luckily, he didn't, so Asterix and Getafix get to set him straight.

I'm with Obelix, no dog readers for me, thank you!
Neens Bea
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, comics
A lucky find - I love all the Asterix comics!
Christoph
Sep 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In einer dunklen und stürmischen Nacht erscheint ein Seher im Dorf und verführt die Dorfgemeinschaft um einen Vorteil für sich dadurch zu bekommen. Nur Asterix durchschaut ob seiner angeborenen Zweifel das Spiel und arbeitet gegen den Seher.
Albert und Rene bringen dem Leser nicht nur die gallische Götterwelt und die Welt der frühzeitlichen Vorstellungen, insbesondere des Aberglauben nahe - sie zeigen auch die Welt der Blender und jener, die willentlich auf deren Geschichten reinfallen. Damals w
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Richie Brown
Feb 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
I remember reading this as an eight year old and not really understanding what was going on with Prolix the Soothsayer. I think I still believed he was magical even by the end which, of course, is the point. We should see him as a fraud from the word go. So, while this wasn't a favourite first time round, in the same way something like Asterix at the Olympic Games was, it's a great read some years after.
Matthew Hunter
Far from my favorite in the series. The redundant interactions between soothsayer and centurion wear. I did enjoy the fish-linked humor bits, and the discussions about the reliability of entrail reading as sources of prophecy made me laugh (and cringe when the soothsayer wants to use Dogmatix as reading material!). Does anyone else think the pirates need an intervention? Poor saps.
Sharon
Jul 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
How intresting that a soothsayer may bring about the end of our favourite village. In the end as always, it all becomes just as we remember, a big feast at the end.
Maria Carmo
Mar 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Asterix and Obelix have to keep their rational as a would be soothsayer creates havoc in the village and also among Romans!

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 20 March 2015.
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Ottima storia. Il personaggio dell’indovino è davvero ben sviluppato e finisce col suscitare simpatia. Memorabile. Notevoli i paradossi del suo rapporto con i romani.
Derek Baldwin
Jul 28, 2011 rated it it was amazing
One of my favourites, with some excellent satire of psychics generally and the usual array of puntastic names.
Benjamin
Feb 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fun. The first I have read from the series, and I will be back for more.

my favorite quote: "Can I have a taste?"
Anna
Mar 28, 2016 rated it liked it
During a bad storm, a soothsayer arrives in our Gaulish village. Most of the villagers fall under his spell when he starts predicting favourable things about them. Only Asterix is the sceptic.

Makes surprisingly deep statements about human nature; apart from that, standard Asterix fare.
Vitalia
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: humour, french
That was good fun as usual.
A soothsayer comes to the village during a storm and creates trouble as everyone starts taking him seriously.
A good few laughs, and always nice to dive into the world of Astérix and Obelix for an hour.
Aaro Salosensaari
Goscinny pistelee onnistuneesti ihmisten taikauskoisuutta ja taipumusta luottaa huijareihin jotka kertovat mukavia valheita. Myös tilannehuumori toimii.

Asterix-seikkailuista parempia, joskaan ei paras.
Francis Pellow
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
one of the classic Asterix stories. Notable that the magic potion plays only the most minor part in the action and all the drama results from the great characters.
Jc
Sep 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Want to know your future? Consulting a soothsayer may be just the answer.
Tapani Aulu
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Klassinen synkkä ja myrskyinen yö -tarina, jonka muistan myös jo lapsuudesta. Kai tämä on sitä Asterixin kulta-aikaa. Hyvä albumi, toki ehkä vähän nostalgiaplussaa arvostelussa.
Ivan
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Une de mes séries BD préférées de l'enfance!
Biondatina
Jan 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It was a dark and stormy night, when a stranger knock the door and asks for shelter.... A bit later wants to "read" Intefix bones and Ovelix is furious... and the troubles begin!
Thia
Le Devin - René Goscinny
Rating: ★★★
Review coming soon!
Knut Sigurd
Nov 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bd
Mange år sidan sist eg las denne. Trur kanskje det er perioden frå Le chaudron og utover til omtrent cadeau de cesar som er sterkast i serien.
Vasco Ribeiro
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Este livro começa por uma tempestade. Que faz os gauleses recear que o céu lhes caia em cima da cabeça. Para mais o druida Panoramix foi para uma reunião de druidas. Nessa altura estão todos reunidos e aterrorizados na cabana do chefe e chega um estranho que diz ser adivinho e chamar-se Charlatanix. Só astérix é cético, mas o adivinho com meia dúzia de verdades de la palisse e dizendo às pessoas aquilo que elas querem, consegue agradar-lhes e apesar de sair da aldeia, todos vão ter com ele, quas ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
It's a dark and stormy night in the village. Everyone is in the chief's house when someone knocks at the door. It's a guy claiming to be a soothsayer (a fortune-teller). Although he's a total fake, he manages to convince the villagers that he's real and they bring him lots of food and money.

He ends up in the Roman camp and agrees to get the Gauls out of the village which he manages to do by pretending the village is cursed. The Romans briefly occupy the village, but Getafix, Asterix and Obelix
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Manuel Chiofi
Feb 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Panoramix è via per l'incontro dei druidi è un indovino in una notte di tempesta si presenta al villaggio abbindolando tutti con false speranze. Tutti tranne Asterix che escogiterà un piano per smascherare il ciarlatano e far rinsavire gli amici.
Albo dichiaratamente contro gli indovini e i veggenti e a favore dell'emancipazione femminile (le donne qui per la prima volta bevono la pozione magica).
I personaggi vengono dipinti come creduloni, ma forse in fondo non piace a tutti sentirsi dire che i
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Devero
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ho letto una volta un'intervista a Goscinny in cui affermava che questo è l'albo di Asterix che vendeva meno in ristampa, e ne dava la colpa alla copertina decisamente più cupa rispetto alle altre. Non so se sia vero, ma è vero che io stesso più volte rimandai l'acquisto di questo albo prediligendogli altre avventure di Asterix, e inconsciamente la copertina può aver avuto il suo effetto.
Di certo non è una delle storie migliori, ma si lascia leggere e ha qualche momento veramente surreale e dive
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Shruthi Natarajan
Mar 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
My first Asterix comic... and it was sooooo cute and funny!!! Of course, I need to read more of them to get to the funniest of them all. Asterix and the Soothsayer was a very good way of introducing all the characters to me, and I laughed quite a bit at a few points. I just realised I haven't told goodreads that I have finished all the Tintin books- So I have to that ! :)
Denim Datta
Dec 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Book no 19 from Asterix and Obelix Series.

In a stormy night Prolix has arrived in the Gaulish village. Prolix claims he's a soothsayer, and the townsfolk believe every word he says. Only Asterix knows better.
How can he make all his friends see the truth?

Good and funny book.
Frederick Tan
Jan 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
It was a dark and stormy night, and a sinister visitor has arrived in the little Gaulish village where Asterix lives. Prolix claims he's a soothsayer, and the townsfolk believe every word he says. Only Asterix knows better. How can he make all his friends see the truth? Asterix will have his job cut out for him as he battles to reveal the real Prolix before it is too late.
Dbgirl
Jun 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I haven't read any Asterix since my childhood. This wasn't as good as I remember them being, but still good. The only thing I didn't like at all, were the references to these modern times. Otherwise, a funny story. I need to start reading Asterix again!
Linda
May 28, 2014 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!
Murshidul
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
The future is told by the fortuneteller, however he is in for a surprise when Asterix is determined to prove him fake. The soothsayer falls into the hands of the Romans, whereas the whole Gaulish village is deceived as well. The confusion in the village and the utter confusion in the Roman camp as well!
Hannah
Jan 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Graphic novels aren't really my jam, but this is a good one if you're into that sort of thing.

http://shakespeareswife.blogspot.co.u...
Sara
Nov 21, 2017 added it
All Asterix books by Goscinny & Uderzo have been read aloud to me as a child and later reread by me. #childhoodmemories #childhoodfavourites #ohthefeels
s
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic
How soothsayers/Godmen are made - a problem my own country knows only too well.

It made me recall a quote - "Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful."

One of the most relatable and funniest Asterix books I've read.
Edward Davies
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Similar in many ways to Asterix and the Roman Agent, this sort of homage to An Inspector Calls is filled with chucklesome moments of mirth.
Matti Karjalainen
René Goscinnyn ja Albert Uderzon yhteistyön kirkkaita helmiä vuodelta 1972. Eurooppalaista pottunenäsarjakuvaa sieltä parhaasta päästä!
Jatinder Pal Singh Sandhu
Scientific community has always been skeptical of astrology and soothsayers, but yet they themselves try to predict the future.
Julia
Dec 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-comics
viejo pero aún pertinente. Un clásico de la colección. Una pe a no ver un poco más de la astucia de asterix y del druida
Jerome
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A sweet-talking soothsayer arrives at the village and soon fools everyone into believing his garbage, except the skeptical Asterix (the druid is out of town). The soothsayer soon manipulates the entire village into doing his bidding, until the Romans receive orders to arrest all soothsayers in the area (requiring a duplicitous game on the soothsayer’s part to survive).

Humorous, with the obvious themes being gullibility and superstition.
Saint No Stopping Us

Six out of ten. CBR format.

On a dark and stormy night a Soothsayer arrives in town. Everyone believe his every word - except for Asterix of course.

it'chy
Jul 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: soft
impedimenta hits unhygenix after taking getafix' potion! this one takes the cake
Greg
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Can't really remember this one but I'm sure it was great.
Shravanthi
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant!! I laughed so hard on this comic :-):D:D:D
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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).

Series:
* Asterix

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