Asterix and the Great Divide

Asterix and the Great Divide

by Albert Uderzo, Anthea Bell, Rene Goscinny, Derek Hockridge, Anthea Bell
     
 
The path of true love never did run smooth—especially when the sweethearts' fathers have dug a ditch right through their village, dividing it in half. That's what happens to Histrionix and the beautiful Melodrama, son and daughter of two rival chieftains. So, the star-crossed lovers call in Asterix, Obelix, and Getafix to sort out the political wrangling. However

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The path of true love never did run smooth—especially when the sweethearts' fathers have dug a ditch right through their village, dividing it in half. That's what happens to Histrionix and the beautiful Melodrama, son and daughter of two rival chieftains. So, the star-crossed lovers call in Asterix, Obelix, and Getafix to sort out the political wrangling. However, the traitor Codex, who wants Melodrama for his very own, is out to sabotage their efforts at peacemaking. Can the trusty trio persuade the village to reunite against the threat of the legionnaires? Maybe a little magic will help. 8 1/2 X 11 1/4. all in color

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Publishers Weekly
Originally published in French as Le Grand Foss (1980), the full-color graphic novel Asterix and the Great Divide by Albert Uderzo, trans. by Anthea Bell and Derek Hockbridge, returns to the days of the Gauls to document the attempts by the titular hero to unite a fractious town around the marriage of Histrionix and Melodrama, the son and daughter of rival leaders. The series also includes Asterix and the Black Gold (featuring the druid Getafix, the Phoenician merchant Ekonomikrisis and the Roman secret agent Dubbelosix) and Asterix and Son. (May) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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 Celt. A very short Celt. His buddy Obelix is a huge Celt (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, the two heroes are called upon to settle the strife of a neighboring village of Gauls. Liberal doses of magic potion and common sense save the day for a situation and two lovers straight out of Romeo and Juliet. Latin classes, Shakespeare aficionados—and lovers of the absurd—should eat it up. 2001, (orig. 1980), Sterling,
— Kathleen Karr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340276273
Publisher:
Hodder Children's Books
Publication date:
01/01/1982
Series:
Asterix Series , #26
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.32(h) x 0.13(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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