Asterix and the Great Divide
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Asterix and the Great Divide

by Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo, Derek Hockbridge, Anthea Bell, Albert Ederzo
     
 

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Can there ever be a happy ending for star-crossed lovers Melodrama and Histionix, whose fathers are rival chieftains of the same village? The only hope is to call in Asterix, Obelix and Getafix to sort out the feud, the intriguing of the sinister traitor Codfix, and the military might of Rome. Watch out for some interesting new magic potions...

Overview

Can there ever be a happy ending for star-crossed lovers Melodrama and Histionix, whose fathers are rival chieftains of the same village? The only hope is to call in Asterix, Obelix and Getafix to sort out the feud, the intriguing of the sinister traitor Codfix, and the military might of Rome. Watch out for some interesting new magic potions...

Editorial Reviews

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

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:
9780752847733
Publisher:
Orion
Publication date:
11/28/2001
Series:
Asterix Series , #25
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
616,513
Product dimensions:
8.50(w) x 11.25(h) x 0.25(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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