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
Asterix and the Laurel Wreathby Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo, Goscinny
Chief Vitalstatistix rashly invites his brother-in-law to dine of a stew seasoned with Caesar's laurel wreath, so Asterix and Obelix must go to Rome to fetch those laurels. Hoping to get access to Caesar, they sell themselves as slaves - but can they do a deal with the corrupt Goldendelicius to swap the laurels for parsley? If so, it will be their own Roman triumph
Chief Vitalstatistix rashly invites his brother-in-law to dine of a stew seasoned with Caesar's laurel wreath, so Asterix and Obelix must go to Rome to fetch those laurels. Hoping to get access to Caesar, they sell themselves as slaves - but can they do a deal with the corrupt Goldendelicius to swap the laurels for parsley? If so, it will be their own Roman triumph.
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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"Asterix and the Laurel Wreath" isn't as pun-oriented as the typical Asterix outing, but the plot itself is very funny. Chief Vitalstatistix and his wife, accompanied by retainers Asterix and Obelix, are visiting the Lutetian home of Impedimenta's brother, Homeopathix. Vitalstatistix hates his braggart brother-in-law, and after too many cups of wine at dinner he invites Homeopathix to his village for a meal of stew seasoned with Caesar's laurel wreath! This means, of course, that Asterix and Obelix are off to get a hold of the wreath, somehow. What follows is a delightful series of episodes as Asterix gets Obelix and himself sold into slavery in Rome, in order to get into Caesar's palace. Yet, it seems that, whatever they do, they can't get anywhere near Caesar and his laurel wreath. The crazy characters they meet add to the delight of this very amusing story, a story told very economically. Even though it's a bit different from the rest, I think "Asterix and the Laurel Wreath" is one of the best of the series. It's just a lot of fun!
This will be the first Asterix book to be in my Asterix series.