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The Castafiore Emerald

(Tintin #21)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  9,204 ratings  ·  216 reviews
The world's most famous travelling reporter must attempt to catch an Emerald thief. When Captain Haddock meets a gipsy palm reader, he dismisses a forewarning about a beautiful lady's stolen jewels. But when the famous opera singer Bianca Castafiore suddenly descends on Marlinspike Hall, the gipsy's prediction seems to be all too real. Can Tintin catch the emerald thief? J ...more
Hardcover, 64 pages
Published June 20th 2003 by Egmont Books Ltd (first published 1963)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Les bijoux de la Castafiore = The Castafiore Emerald (Tintin, #21), Hergé

The Castafiore Emerald is the twenty-first volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. It was serialised weekly from July 1961 to September 1962 in Tintin magazine. Tintin and Captain Haddock are walking through the countryside of Marlinshire when they come across a Romani community camped in a garbage dump, and reunite a lost little girl named Miarka with her family there. The Romani
While I have read this here instalment of the Tintin series multiple times in both German and French (in the French original, its title is Les Bijoux de la Castafiore and in German it is called Die Juwelen der Sängerin), I am indeed very much thrilled to finally have been able to find a (rare) copy of this book in Alsatian, which is why the book title might seem a bit different and strange to Tintin fans (De Castafiore ihre Schmuck). Furthermore, please do note that in German (and in the low All ...more
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is such a lovely screwball story. Not your typical Tintin adventure, perhaps that's the reason why it still was so vivid in my mind after all these years.
Apart from the fun I had reading the trials and tribulations here I was positively surprised by the fair take on gypsies in the story. With older books I always prepare for prejudiced misgivings of one kind or the other that make me cringe inwardly, but that wasn't necessary in this case.

I was an avid Tintin reader in my childhood (it was
Grace Tjan

Jess, my 8-year old little girl, gives it 5 stars.

Comments while reading:

1. Captain Haddock is bad with kids. Why did he say “KILIKILIKILI” to that little girl and scared her off?

2. What are Gypsies? Why do people in Europe don’t like them?

3. I think it’s very bad to make the Gypsies stay in the rubbish dump. Captain Haddock is very good to let them camp on his land.

4. How come that every time anyone call Cutts the butcher, they get Marlinspike instead? I’m glad that our phone isn’t like that.

Aug 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captain Haddock invites a group of Gypsies living on nearby rubbish dump to come and stay on a meadow by the stream on his estate. Meanwhile the Captain's nemesis, the Florentine opera star, Bianca Castafiore
invites herself to say at his residences of Marlinspike.
Castafiore and her entourage cause the Captain no end of irritation , but the real adventure comes when her prize jewelry goes missing and it is up to Tintin to unravel the mystery.
With the interplay of the Captain and people like Casta
David Sarkies
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in modernist literature
Shelves: modernist
The most absurd of Herge's albums
24 February 2012

This is a unique comic in all of Herge's repertoir in that it is probably the most absurd of his stories. Granted, Tintin and Alpha-Art (which is unfinished and I am unlikely to purchase it on those grounds) appears to move into a more post-modern setting (it is suggested that Alpha-Art was an adventure into the world of art, but Herge died before its completion) but in this story, basically nothing happens. In fact, the entire story seems to be
Nov 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Castafiore Emerald is what I would call a home-adventure for Tintin. It is a little different than the other tintin books as the adventure take place at one place, the Marlinspike Hall.

The billions blue blistering barnacles turn into trillion blue blistering barnacles for Captain Haddock, when Bianca Castafiore pays a visit to Marlinspike. With his foot fractured, Captain Haddock nerves are through the roof. This comic is way funnier than any of the other tintin adventures. The story is pre
Kellyn Roth
Doesn't Castafiore drive you wild? But she's so funny! :P
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favourite Tin Tin books! It's probably the least exciting of all the books but its definitely the funniest. I think Herge relaxed a bit this one focusing on the interactions between the characters to drive the story instead of an actual mystery or adventure. The ending is a bit anticlimactic but it didn't spoil my enjoyment of it.
Although I didn't get hooked until I saw the movie "The Adventures of Tintin" and afterwards read the main book it was based on ( The Secret of the Unicorn (Tintin, #11) by Hergé ) which still remains my favorite, this book was the one that first introduced me to the wonderful world of Tintin, Snowy, Captain Haddock, Thompson and Thomson, and The Milanese Nightingale; and is a story which I never grow tired of reading and re-reading over and over again! ...more
Aug 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Herge’s best Tintin album, Tintin in Tibet, The Castafiore Emerald feels like a letdown. It still has Herge’s signature clear line, and it does have complicated plot, setting it in Marlinspike for the entire story feels pedestrian.
I prefer my Tintin globetrotting. But this would have worked better have a read it as part of the 3 album volumes I was buying before reading my first oversized album.
R.M.F Brown
Aug 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hell is other people

So said Sartre.

Bored of sending Tintin halfway across the globe for every outing, Herge instead adopted the idea of Tintin staying at home. The result? Probably the greatest adventure in the series, packed with wit, humour and biting satire.

In Captain Haddock, we have one of comics' greatest creations on the verge of a mental breakdown, housebound by a twisted ankle, and tormented by a psychopathic parrot and an opera singer who is the living embodiment of Sartre's famous o
The first Tintin I've read to my daughter, I think she enjoyed it, getting so many pictures to look at was a big bonus for her.

This is probably the funniest of the Tintin books, lots of misunderstandings, a deaf scientist, an opera singer who can't get Captain Haddock's name right and a funny parrot. Probably a good place to start for a young kid as things are really simple and the plot not too challenging to follow. Good fun and looking forward to read another story.
Moa Bernhardsson
May 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
The Castafiore Emerald is a unique instalment in the Tintin series since it focuses on a female character and takes place entirely in one location - Marlinspike. The hilarious interaction between the characters makes up for the loss of adventure and makes you laugh out loud several times. The story is rich in detail and the mystery keeps you captivated until the very end.
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: comix
Bianca Castafiore and Captain Haddock is comic gold.
The ebook edition that I read online was taken from a somewhat less than perfect print copy so that the artwork in it was much grainier than that in the other 2 issues of Tintin I have read. However, I found this entry in the series hilarious, not only the Captain with his temper and his magnificent way with cussing but also the detectives Thompson & Thomson (from "The Crab with the Golden Claw") with their malapropisms and woeful inability to actually detect anything, Bianca Castafiore who also ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was my very first Tintin comic. (Shame on me, a Belgian girl.) I picked it up because my friend loves them and grew up reading them. We made a deal to each read a comic the other read when they were younger. She gave me this one.

Sadly, I didn't like it. I found the characters annoying, in the sense that their quirks - which were supposed to be funny - quickly grew boring and irritating. The plot couldn't hold my attention and the reveal at the end was disappointing.

Sorry, Marie, volgende k
Jazzy Lemon
Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock meet some gipsies and Bianca Castafiore invites herself to Marlinspike Hall, much to the Captain's chagrin.
Sep 21, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, comic
My review, published in Tintin Books

My review:

This is it: Tintin's least formulaic adventure, and Herge's greatest stylistic experiment. That's not to say it's necessarily the best in the series, but "The Castafiore Emerald" completes a five-album cycle in which Herge perfected his craft. (Explorers on the Moon gave him his greatest artistic challenge; The Calculus Affair was the height of his skills as an artist; The Red Sea Sharks was a perfect story; and he capped all this off with the emotio
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Soph by: Nicholas
4 out of 5 stars.

My brother, who is an avid Tintin fan and has been for quite a long time, recommended this novel to me after I answered a variety of questions as to what type of Tintin book I was looking for. I told him I wanted a Tintin book with humour and mystery, and so this was the one he recommended to me.

I was not disappointed. This novel, although short with a plot that seems to go nowhere at times, was filled with thoughtful humour, hilarious circumstances, and many red herrings that m
Brigita Soldo
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: français
Nothing crazy adventurous happens but this might just be the funniest comic in the entire Tintin series, it had me laughing out loud the entire time!
Maria Carmo
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Very funny but very revealing as well, this Hergé book with (finally) a strong feminine character - and with such a misogynous perspective! Why do Tintin books always have masculine characters only? I know some authors have already written about it... For the moment, I am only reading to enjoy myself, and there is no doubt that these books are full of humour, despite their misogynous perspective! LOL.

Maria Carmo,

Lisbon, 19 January 2015.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was actually fun to read! :'-D
Ekin Enacar
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My all time favorite Tintin adventure!
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Boring... Just boring... Nothing else to add to this review.
Reubyn Coutinho
Aug 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A tintin adventure. That is much more relaxing than the others. It is set in their home which is a change as readers get to see the characters in their own environment rather than in some far off land
anirudh  reddy
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My childhood. do i have to say more?!
Monkey Lien-Brant
Got this book for Christmas, and loved it!
Sep 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was excellent. The interaction between all these remarkable characters, each with their own flaws, makes for a hilarious adventure, even if no big events are happening. It's also less predictable than other albums in the series.

I loved Hergé mocking French press and their lack of knowledge about Belgium:
"C'est à Ghand, joyau des Ardennes belges, célèbre dans le monde entier pour ses champs de tulipes ...".
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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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