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Asterix and Obelix All at Sea
     

Asterix and Obelix All at Sea

by Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
 

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In ancient Rome, the slaves are rebelling--and they've even stolen Julius Caesar's own warship, the finest in the Roman navy. Under the heroic leadership of Spartakis, the former galley slaves make for the small town where Caesar's old enemies Asterix and Obelix live. When they arrive, though, the slaves find the town in crisis because Obelix has drunk a magic potion

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In ancient Rome, the slaves are rebelling--and they've even stolen Julius Caesar's own warship, the finest in the Roman navy. Under the heroic leadership of Spartakis, the former galley slaves make for the small town where Caesar's old enemies Asterix and Obelix live. When they arrive, though, the slaves find the town in crisis because Obelix has drunk a magic potion that has turned him back into a child. Now everyone must sail to the wonderful continent of Atlantis to find a cure. But, the Romans are on the ocean blue, too...and the battles are about to come fast and furious.

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Children's Literature
The first album of Asterix comics appeared in 1961 and soon became a raging bestseller in France, topping even Tintin. Originally created by the team of R. Goscinny and Uderzo, it has been continued for the past several decades since Goscinny's death by his partner. Asterix is imbued with very French sensibilities and has taken its time catching on in the United States, but the recent reissue of several numbers should remedy this situation. Asterix, of course, is a Gaul. A very short Gaul. His buddy Obelix is a huge Gaul (transporting menhirs by sheer back-strength is his occupation, after all.) Together they continually harass the entire Roman Empire in the year 50 B.C. Their garbled Latin is only one of the amusements involved. In this particular number, Obelix turns first to stone, then reverts to childhood when he imbibes an overdose of magic potion. A galley full of escaping slaves (led by Spartakis, a ringer for Kirk Douglas¾to whom the issue is dedicated,) pitches in to recover the old Obelix. In the process, Atlantis is rediscovered, and Caesar loses a few more galleys. Despite the occasional use of racial stereotypes, Latin classes¾and lovers of the absurd-should eat it up. 2002 (orig. 1996), Sterling,
— Kathleen Karr
From the Publisher
A cartoon drawn with such supreme artistry, and a text layered with such glorious wordplay, satire and historical and political allusion that no reader should ever feel like they've outgrown it.—TIME OUT

The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames.—THE TIMES

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752847177
Publisher:
Orion
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Edition description:
New
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
939,540
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
11 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. ASTERIX THE GAUL, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 35 Asterix albums.

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