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Posted June 24, 2012
This book is very good--Herge at his best! I gave this five stars (and it deserves them), but being an
animal rights supporter, I was not way into the condor and many alligators shot by Tintin (!) and the Captain. I was rather shocked that Tintin shot at a group of his enemies (who, I might add, were not threatening him at all after he'd disarmed them), when he usually prefers not to use guns unless necessary. Altogether, though, this book was funny and interesting as usual. My favorite part was the Captain's worry that they'd die, and Tintin's happy behavior and knowledge that they'd live. A great book!
Posted January 17, 2003
'Prisoners of the Sun' is unrivalled in sheer colour and spectacle. It also has an unusually wide range, even for a Tintin story, whether it's the suspense (swimming to board the ship where Calculus is held captive, waiting for their execution, the deux es machina that saves them) or the humour (spitting competitions with llamas, or the Ninnies getting their bowlers ruined) or even more weird beasts than usual (as well as aforementioned llamas, we see a tapir and an ant-eater, as well as the common confusion of alligators with logs-"Well, they don't fool me... Eek! Tintin! Help!") The scene where Tintin and Snowy dash out of the runaway train could come straight out of an Indiana Jones movie, as could the bits in the tombs ("Look, did you bring me here just so we could meet these two jolly zombies?") and when they burst into the temple when a ritual's going on...Herge sometimes complained that he thought the way Tintin tricked the Incas into releasing him was extremely unlikely, but who cares? It's riveting from start to finish, and uniformly excellent.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 3, 2001
Another reviewer says 'this is Hergé at his best'. I tend to agree. This is the sequel to 'The Seven Crystal Balls'. The art is fine and the storyline is superb, and even after multiple readings-aloud of it to a certain little boy I'm still not tired of it. The Professor Calculus has been kidnapped by some Indians and Haddock and Tintin go to Peru to rescue him. Unfortunately, they can find nothing which will lead them to the place where Calculus has been taken: the entire population lives in fear of the Incas. Although everyone knows what has happened to the Professor, they dare not tell. Then Tintin defends a little orange-seller, Zorrino, from two abusive Europeans and suddenly things begin to happen. Zorrino takes Tintin and the Captain on a long trek into the high mountains. When they at last reach the Temple of the Sun, they are condemned to die because of their intrusion. But when Tintin starts reading a scrap of newspaper from the Captain's pocket, things begin to look a little brighter.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 13, 2009
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