Asterix and the Magic Carpet

Asterix and the Magic Carpet

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by Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
     
 

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Cacofonix's tuneless singing always makes it rain - which is just what they want in Rajah Watzit's distant Eastern kingdom. The guru Hoodunnit has threatened to end a terrible drought by sacrificing lovely Princess Orinjade. Can the Gauls, flown in on the fakir Watziznehm's magic carpet, rescue her? The bard's finest hour has come.See more details below

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Cacofonix's tuneless singing always makes it rain - which is just what they want in Rajah Watzit's distant Eastern kingdom. The guru Hoodunnit has threatened to end a terrible drought by sacrificing lovely Princess Orinjade. Can the Gauls, flown in on the fakir Watziznehm's magic carpet, rescue her? The bard's finest hour has come.

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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

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, our heroes set off on a flying carpet with village bard Cacofonix to bring rain to drought-stricken India before the local princess is sacrificed to the gods. Cacofonix's singing is so dreadful that it always brings rain, except in this instance, when he loses his voice. Can the princess be saved from the executioner's block? Fans of the Arabian Nights¾and lovers of the absurd¾should eat it up. 2002 (orig. 1987), Sterling,
— Kathleen Karr

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752847153
Publisher:
Orion
Publication date:
09/01/2007
Edition description:
New
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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