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Posted January 27, 2012
"Long live General Alcazar, bless his cotton socks!"
One of the best Tintin books that I've read. An arumbaya fetish is stolen from the museum of ethnography and replaced with a false, but Tintin is the only one who can tell it's fake. Or is he??? Read this book to find out. Long live Tintin!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 6, 2002
Patchy-but it still works
This isn't the best of the Tintins, having some very rough and ready artwork-and a downright freaky bit where the villains are pulled down to Hell-but it's entertaining and is the debut of one of my favourite secondaries, the mouthy General Alcazar. You get to see many odd things in this episode: Tintin drunk, an unusually high death toll (the unfortunate Corporal Diaz, for instance, blows himself to bits)... One reason why this doesn't quite succeed is it's very disparate, hopping from Brussels to Zarzar's beloved San Theodoros to Ridgewell and the Arumbayas... But there are still moments of suspense and comedy, which are both vital ingredients for any Tintin adventure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 6, 2001
A fetish has been stolen from the Museum of Ethnography and replaced by a fake copy. No one but Tintin seems to realise that the fetish has been changed - the original had one cracked ear. On the second one, the ear is unharmed. Two Spanish non-gentlemen are also highly interested in the original fetish, and the competition to find it before Tintin does is fierce and takes them all the way to San Theodoros, where Tintin is falsely convicted of being involved with terrorists and is ordered to be shot. At the last minute, he is released: having had a glass of aguardiente previous to the shooting, he is highly drunk and loudly yelling 'Long Live General Alcazar, bless his cotton socks!' very loudly. General Alcazar, who has just gained control of San Theodoros, is impressed by this display of wild patriotism and orders him to be brought before him and appoints him Colonel aide-de-camp. The next day, Tintin can't remember how on earth he came to be a colonel, but when he sees his two Spanish pursuers still after him, he decides not to resign just yet. After a long and complicated series of events, Tintin finally gets to go to see the tribe of Arumbaya Indians from whom had long ago come the original fetish with the broken ear. They tell him that when they gave the fetish to the explorer Walker years ago, a magic stone disappeared as well, a diamond. Tintin sees that the stone has been hidden in the fetish, and that that is what the Spaniards are really after. He finally tracks down the original with his enemies at his heels. In the fight over the fetish, the stone rolls over the deck into the sea and them after it. Tintin comes up again; the others do not. The stone may be lost, but the fetish is repaired and restored to the museum.... and so the story ends. 'The Broken Ear' is done with the early style of Hergé's artwork, which was not as good as his later redrawn versions of the books, and the story isn't his masterpiece, but I still rather like it. It definitely provides some background concerning General Alcazar and aguardiente which comes in handy in appreciating fully the backstage visit with the General in 'The Seven Crystal Balls'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2009
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