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Asterix and the Secret Weapon
     

Asterix and the Secret Weapon

by Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo
 

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A woman bard? That’s unheard of in Ancient Gaul. So, when the mothers in Asterix’s town want to replace Cacofonix with Bravura, the men are horrified. But, Bravura hits the right notes musically, and she proves very valuable when Julius Caesar sends in his secret weapon: a group of female legionnaries. Caesar thinks the Gauls will be too noble

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A woman bard? That’s unheard of in Ancient Gaul. So, when the mothers in Asterix’s town want to replace Cacofonix with Bravura, the men are horrified. But, Bravura hits the right notes musically, and she proves very valuable when Julius Caesar sends in his secret weapon: a group of female legionnaries. Caesar thinks the Gauls will be too noble to fight the women...but Bravura has no such scruples! And, even Cacofonix succeeds in coming into his own.

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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, the heroes' village is turned upside down by the appearance of a women's lib bard as new teacher of its children¾and women. The men escape to the woods, only to be challenged by Rome's latest weapon, a "century" of women warriors. While the premise is already dated and not a little chauvinistic, Latin classes¾and lovers of the absurd¾should eat it up. 2002 (orig. 1991), Sterling,
— Kathleen Karr
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780752847771
Publisher:
Orion
Publication date:
03/28/2002
Series:
Asterix Series
Pages:
48
Sales rank:
511,096
Product dimensions:
8.75(w) x 11.50(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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