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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.