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Tintin by Michael Farr
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May 18, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: miscellaneous-delights

This delightful and informative volume is obviously a labor of love from a fellow Tintin fan. In his acknowledgments, Farr fondly remembers his mother teaching him to read at the dining room table with Tintin. The book is beautifully laid out, and spends several pages reliving and analysing each of the Tintin books, focusing on narrative development, contemporaneous history, and other pertinent influences. I especially loved the many photos reproduced from Herge's files. He collected photos on any subject that might come in handy in future volumes, which is one of the reasons the comics are so remarkably accurate in their portrayal of everything from a certain make of rifle to a pre-Columbian wooden statue. I've adored Tintin since childhood, and after reading this book, I can appreciate the exhaustive artistry and unrelenting creative vision that went in to making Tintin such a classic.

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message 1: by Jared (new)

Jared I'd never even HEARD of Tintin until the movie came out... which I still haven't seen but want to. In fact, I'm not even sure if it's a book or a comic book.

Ok, I just looked it up and it's a comic book. What made you fall for it?

Sarah Bringhurst Ahhhhh! You'd never heard of Tintin? He's a classic all over the world, and practically a national hero in Belgium, where he originated. I even have Tintin comics in Arabic that I bought when we were in Syria. They're great adventure stories, but Herge puts in quite a bit of political/social commentary, which is amazingly relevant even today. Tintin is timeless. Seriously. You have got to get ahold of some Tintin comics. Most libraries have them.

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Jared I'll look into it! =)

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