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Tintin #6

The Broken Ear

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The classic graphic novel. A sacred tribal statue has been stolen from the museum! Tintin and Snowy are on the case! Clues lead them straight into the heart of the jungle.

62 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 1937

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Georges Prosper Remi (22 May 1907 – 3 March 1983), better known by the pen name Hergé, was a Belgian comics writer and artist.
His best known and most substantial work is The Adventures of Tintin comic book series, which he wrote and illustrated from 1929 until his death in 1983, leaving the twenty-fourth Tintin adventure Tintin and Alph-Art unfinished. His work remains a strong influence on comics, particularly in Europe.

"Hergé" is the pseudonym of George Remí, making a game with the initials of his name inverted. Throughout the evolution of his star character, Tintin, we can see the progress of this author: from the first titles marked by the ultraconservative doctrine of the director of the newspaper Le Petit Vingtième, to the breaking of conventions embodied from The Blue Lotus , as well as the evolution of the society of his time. The research carried out by Hergé to historically contextualize his Adventures, as well as his implicit social criticism, have made Tintin a masterpiece of the 20th century.

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* The Adventures of Tintin
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* The adventures of Jo, Zette and Jocko

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Profile Image for Ahmad Sharabiani.
9,566 reviews56.6k followers
January 29, 2018
L'Oreille Cassee = The Broken Ear (Tintin, #6), Hergé
The Broken Ear (French: L'Oreille cassée), also published as Tintin and the Broken Ear, is the sixth volume of The Adventures of Tintin, the comics series by Belgian cartoonist Hergé. Commissioned by the conservative Belgian newspaper Le Vingtième Siècle for its children's supplement Le Petit Vingtième, it was serialised weekly from December 1935 to February 1937. The story tells of young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, who pursue the thieves of a South American fetish identifiable by its broken ear. In doing so, he ends up in the fictional nation of San Theodoros, where he becomes embroiled in a civil war and discovers the Arumbaya tribe deep in the forest.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ستا 1978 میلادی
عنوان: گوش شکسته: نویسنده: هرژه؛ مترجم: اسمردیس، تهران، ونوس، 1357، در 62 ص
داستان درباره ی ماجراهای تن تن خبرنگار بلژیکی و سگ او میلو است؛ که به دنبال سارقان یک مجسمه ساخت بومیان آمریکای جنوبی به کشور خیالی سن تئودور می‌رسند و درگیر جنگ داخلی آن کشور می‌شوند. این داستان پس از چاپ هفتگی در سال 1937 میلادی به صورت کتاب هم منتشر شد. گوش شکسته برای چاپ مجدد در سال 1943 میلادی به صورت رنگی درآمد و با صفحه‌ بندی جدید منتشر شد. شخصیت ژنرال آلکازار نخستین بار در این کتاب معرفی شد. پس از این داستان، هرژه داستان جزیره سیاه را نوشت. ا. شربیانی
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Author 5 books1,317 followers
July 5, 2015
قلتلكم بقى انى كنت باهرب من الحصص فى الفسحة و اتدارى فى المكتبة عشان اقرا .. و السلسلة دى بالذات كمان ايامها (لأن كان فيه المغامرون الخمسة و رجل المستحيل و ملف المستقبل و فلاش و سماش و علاء الدين و غيرهم بس (تان تان) بالذات كان لها معزة خاصة بصراحة :) لأنها كانت بتخرجني بره مصر ! و بتعرفني على حضارات و ثقافات تانية) .. و انهم كا��وا بيطلعونى من المكتبة بالعافية بعد الفسحه :))) ؟
(ايام تكسف الصراحة)
:))) ..
طب قلتلكم كمان ان كان سبب تعاستى الأول لتخرجى من المدرسة الإعدادية انى موش هاعرف اقرا (تان تان) تانى
لأنى مالقيتوش فى مكتبة ثانوى و لأنى ماكنتش بالقاه غير في مكتبة مدرستي الاعدادية بالذات عشان كان سلسله قديمة اوى من قبل مانتولد اصلا و كانوا بطلوا يبيعوها فى الوقت دا ، ..
و انى كنت بافكر اروح مكتبة المدرسة و اعمل نفسي باسلم على المدرسين ، و خصوصا اخصائية المكتبة ؛) حبيبتي <3 عشان اقعد اقرا تان تان شويه ! و يمكن اكون عملت كده فعلا
:) !
لكن شفيت من الموضوع دا بعد حوالى شهر :) و الحمد لله .. في ثانوى ومكتبة ثانوى ؛) اللى ماكانوش بيعرفوا يطلعونى منها طولة اليوم لا فى حصة و لا فسحة بعد ما اتعرفت على قراءات ، و ناس تانية زي ديكنز و شكسبير و نجيب محفوظ (اكتر) ، كنت طبعا باقرأ لهم قبل كده لكن ما استوعبتهمش و قربتلهم اكتر غير في ثانوى بصراحه :) .. هااا ايام
:) ؛)
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419 reviews181 followers
September 25, 2022
During the first however many readings of this book, I never once paused to think of the geography of its locale. I knew, vaguely, that is was South America. That was enough. Probably Brazil, Paraguay, maybe even Chile. Wrong. I am now learning that it is the fictional South American republic of San Theodoros. Hergé began to fictionalize a lot of his destinations in order to make them timeless, This also had the added effect of increasing the power of his allusions – often, the readers would know exactly where he was referring to anyway. But, hey, plausible deniability and all that. Either way, San Theodoros is Bolivia, and its capital La Paz is Las Dopicos.

This is basically a detective story. A fetish has been stolen from a museum (yes, I did have to look up the other definition of fetish) and Tintin is on the case.

Tintin Fetish

You can actually buy this Arumbaya fetish on the official Tintin boutique for $309 (CAD). Not going to do that, but it’s an option! Either way, this one won’t have the diamond inside it that makes the original so alluring to those after it.

The political upheaval in the background is the Bolivian and Paraguayan governments being pitted against each other – an “oil war” with the wider interests of the Americans and British in the background. In the fictional realm, Tintin also drops by the aboriginal settlement of the Arumbayas in order to find out more about the fetish. We will see them again very, very late on in Tintin’s adventures. Importantly, we meet General Alcazar, another character that will recur in the series, always sporting his five o’clock shadow.

A quote from Farr to sum this one up:

“It is a book which can be read at different levels: as a thrilling detective story, sometimes tragic, sometimes comic, as a fast-paced farce or as a subtle political satire on military dictatorships, superpower manipulation, international finance and arms sales. It proved that by the mid-1930’s Hergé had become a master at creating multi-faceted adventures with a correspondingly broad appeal.”

The next adventure is not taking us too far from Tintin’s native land – we are headed for Sussex and then Hebrides.
Profile Image for B Schrodinger.
305 reviews659 followers
December 1, 2015
Ah, Tintin. It's been a while since I have read one of his adventures. I have picked up a few in the last few years aiming to get around to them one day. I guess like a lot of people, I first came across Tintin in the local library. They had 5 or 6 that were hot items in my day. If you saw one you hadn't read yet you had to snap that one up real quick because you may not see it again for months on end.

So I started with the earliest story I own, 'The Broken Ear'. When a South American idol is stolen from the local museum Tintin is intrigued. It holds no value at all. Why would anyone want to steal it? But, the next day, it is returned with an apology note. It seems it was stolen on a dare. But Tintin knows something is up, because the idol that was returned is not identical to the idol that was stolen. What follows is an adventure into the heart of South America.

This adventure was a bit of fun. Sure there were lots of coincidences to get out of trouble, and just as much to get into trouble. But we're not here for realism are we? Tintin endears himself to a South American dictator. Tintin goes in front of a firing squad. Tintin goes undercover in black face. Yes, it's probably not the most culturally sensitive children's book out there, but I'd hazard to say it's probably one of the not quite so bad ones from the 1940's and 50's.

Unfortunately, no Captain Haddock or Professor Calculus yet, and only a few cells of the Thompsons.

Onward and upward. Looking forward to some later adventures. I have fond memories of The Crab with the Golden Claw.
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1,861 reviews519 followers
March 5, 2021
A stolen Arumbaya fetish mysteriously reappeared the next day at the ethnographic museum, and here is our young reporter on his way to the South American continent!
We meet there, in particular Alcazar, but also a prototype of Professor Tournesol before it comes to life five volumes later.
Following several coups d'état, which follow one another at a ridiculous pace, Tintin finds himself in turn condemned to death and then general before having the status of the traitor, all this in the space of a few days. Hergé is inspired here by the Chaco war, which divided Bolivia and Paraguay in the 1930s, causing heavy losses for these two already emerging countries before that. In this volume, the arms seller Bazaroff and General American Oil, an oil company, will precipitate the war between the two imaginary countries of San Theodoros and Nuevo Rico.
It is interesting to dive into the album's novels to find the similarities, thanks to the two volumes that Le Point published a few years ago, "the Characters of Tintin in History!"
As I read the albums one after the other, I can see that in this one, Hergé is not always tired and repeats certain scenes from one album to another, for example, the one where Tintin simulates a car accident in the mountains to disorientate his pursuers.
Like the previous ones, this is not what I prefer, but we feel that the pen becomes more subtle as the production progresses.
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518 reviews414 followers
March 2, 2020
In this installment, Tintin takes us through a mystery of a stolen Arumbaya fetish and a murder. With many mishaps and almost loss of life, his adventure ultimately turns well for all leading to the recovery of the fetish and solving the mystery behind.

This is not a favourite of mine in the series, nevertheless, it is a good adventure. I had completely forgotten the talking parrot whose "talk" made me roll with laughter as a child. I did find it so funny. This is what I like about rereading my childhood books; they bring out so many innocent and cherished memories that you've quite forgotten. This story also introduces the two Generals, Tapioca (my first cat had this name, for he was a very naughty one) and Alcazar who we'll meet again (if my memory serves me right).

Altogether, it was a fun read. My favourites of the series are yet to come. Looking forward to reading them and plunging into my childhood (at least in my thoughts :)).
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Author 29 books131 followers
May 30, 2022
Tintin was one of the comic book heroes of my childhood. I'm going to read my way through the series again as I listen to a radio program about him, and his creator, Hergé. After the first five books that were all connected, comes the sixth book where Tintin and Snowy wake up in their apartment in Belgium without any mention of the previous book. This adventure starts with a sacred tribal statue being stolen from a museum.

Obviously Tintin and Snowy (or at least Tintin) get interested in the case. What’s more for the first time since the Soviet adventure Tintin gets his reporter hat on, and actually works like a reporter. Clues pile up, and lead our dynamic duo to South America. When in South America Tintin has cliffhanging adventures in the jungle, and gets caught up in the politics, and wars in the place.

There is an interesting thing about the politics here, because like he had done in the previous volume, The Blue Lotus, Hergé uses things that had happened in real life for the basis of his story in this book. There is an American oil company that wants to drill for oil in a certain South American region they do their bit to fuel a war to ensure the region was theirs. This did have some grounds in what happened between Bolivia and Paraguay in 1932 to 1935.

As an adventure it follows the tradition set with previous volumes. It has comic moments, criminals, cliffhanging moments, danger, gun fights, and so on. It even has Tintin getting very drunk at one point, so I was wrong when when I claimed Tintin had got drunk for the first and last time in Tintin in the Land of the Soviets. It is funny, and fast moving, but it isn’t quite as good as the previous book. Still an entertaining romp.
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162 reviews196 followers
April 6, 2019
En La oreja rota (1935 - 1937) Tintín se encargará de recuperar un fetiche arumbaya robado. Para ello se desplazará a San Teodoro y Nuevo Rico, en América del Sur, dos estados enfrentados por el dominio de un territorio rico en petróleo. Hergé se basa en un conflicto real ocurrido entre Paraguay y Bolivia, la guerra del Gran Chaco. La forma de enfocar el conflicto me ha gustado: los intereses económicos de las grandes potencias y de las empresas petrolíferas, las revoluciones y los golpes de estado, la absoluta falta de escrúpulos de las empresas de armamento... Vamos general, piénselo usted. Eso le interesa. Se lo repito: declara la guerra a Nuevo-Rico, se anexiona sus territorios petrolíferos y tiene usted el 35% de los beneficios que realice nuestra sociedad. De este 35%, el 10% será para usted... Pero la trama, la aventura, me ha parecido de nuevo demasiado inconexa. La manera de construir la historia, a partir de una sucesión de pequeñas escenas, no consigue atraparme.
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1,005 reviews208 followers
May 20, 2020
TinTin siguiendo el misterio del robo de un ídolo aborigen desde un museo , sigue pistas y ladrones hasta Sudamerica en el ficticio San Teodoro, donde las revoluciones promueven y quitan caudillos , y los intereses norteamericanos e ingleses promocionan guerras y armas por adquirir petroleo.


Enredos, comedia de bombas a lo Coyote, villanos idiotas, y un periodista fisgon que se salva más por suerte que otra cosa. Pobre Milu, no sé como le sobrevive la cola después de todo esto.


Entretiene. Aunque hay que notar la época: antes de la segunda guerra mundial.

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627 reviews163 followers
December 13, 2020
اولین سفر تن تن به امریکای جنوبی و فضای خاصش ,همراه با کنایه ای به شرایط سیاسی و حاکمیت آن زمان کشور های اون منطقه..داستان پر ماجرای مجسمه ای با گوش شکسته شده.
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975 reviews183 followers
October 31, 2020
انگار دنبالم کرده بودن خوندنی، نمی‌دونم حس هیجانی بود که خودش میداد یا چون بخاطر رسیدن به بچه ها داشتم میخوندم انقدر سریع شد، ولی هیجان‌انگیز بود.
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Author 2 books16 followers
November 19, 2021
Cuando era pequeña, uno de los primeros cómics europeos de los que disfruté fue ‘’Las aventuras de Tintín y Milú’’.
Quizás fue una especie de heraldo sobre mi futuro, más o menos, por supuesto: reportero, aventurero, viajero, terrier, malos a su alrededor, portera cotilla y compañeros inseparables para sus aventuras…
Habré leído los cómics… no sé, y no siempre por orden o la colección completa. Pero eso es buena señal.
Para chicos y adultos, de manera completamente normal, pues de pequeño algunos ya conocen el mal, o muchos. Y el sabor de las aventuras, era el bálsamo para los desagradables malos, que no dejaban de darnos la satisfacción de ser tan tontos como para caer bajo las trampas que Tintín les ponía, con la ayuda de ese ‘’perro’’ que hablaba y me encantaba leer ;)
Una narrativa; aunque cómic, es narrativa, muy elaborada, entretenida y educativa: teníamos temas para todos los gustos y de todas las nacionalidades, como he dicho. Había inocencia, suspicacia; había inteligencia y patosidad, había maldad y bondad… Había hasta un alunizaje… Aventuras por cielo, mar y tierra. Diversión, suspense… Un cofre lleno del tesoro llamado ‘Aventura’…
Tantos personajes que muchos conocen, que no acabaría de detallarlos si me entrego totalmente…
El eterno prota, poco más que un chico que vive tantas experiencias que nunca para quieto. Su tranquilidad y rapidez a la vez en momentos oportunos; así como su flequillo y sus pantalones, marca personal ;) y eternamente acompañado de ese perro que todos adoramos, de seguro, y el que no, que pare de leer aquí… Un ‘animalito’ goloso y a veces algo miedoso… que salvaba a su querido amigo de montones de peligros: ¿cuántas veces no la hubiera contado Tintín de no ser por Milú?... Y a la inversa: hay cada momento en el que te ríes y hasta lloras por lo que hacen el uno por el otro…
Luego llega el mal hablado, pero perdonable, del eterno Capitán de barco Haddock. La bebida no era un buen ejemplo, y el agua para él era un insulto; pero ¿quién no se ha partido el pecho con su jerga? ***x#@!!!... Además, tampoco abandonaba a Tintín, incluso con esa poca fe que traía a veces…
Los detectives más incompetentes del planeta sólo debían existir para que el tema llegara al punto de partirte del todo: menudos momentazos con ese par de inútiles y a la vez adorables patosos… La de tropiezos, caídas y demás, que no necesitaban de fisio… OMG!! Repeticiones, sombreros y bastones por doquier… La demostración real de que la incompetencia tiene sueldo… pero con todo lo que aportaban, cobraban poco y todo ;)
Y el ‘’duro de oído’’ Tornasol, que no admitiría la sordera a no ser por algo alucinante… y aun así. Siempre con su péndulo y su radiestesia, y contestando a todo con la respuesta contraria o la conveniente…
La Castafiore, su porte de ave y sus joyas, ¡¡Oh Dios del cielo!! Otra que era apreciada, de la manera en que muchos lo son: por inercia… Pero trajo sus momentos también…
La cotilla portera, el silencioso sirviente antes sirviente de los malos, y los malos que se repetían y cuando los volvías a encontrar, pensabas en lo que sucedería… Teníamos hasta una momia…
El peligro y esas aventuras siempre dispuestos para encontrar también nuevos amigos inolvidables, que nos retrataban (¡fotos!) en los forros de las portadas: desde el joven guía hasta el Rey de un país… Yo hasta los pintaba ;)
Con Tintín y compañía nunca te aburrías, y me parece que en época de ‘’vacaciones’’, no está de más que ‘’readingdeworld’’ lo recuerde ;)
En casa hay extras: la serie en DVD, libros como el de los insultos del capitán… entre otros, figuras de todo tipo, y hasta recuerdos del encantador museo de Bélgica… y del Castillo de Cheverny (en nuestro adorado Loira): construido para reyes que nunca lo habitaron, y que sirvió de inspiración para la vivienda del capitán… donde también hay un museo y tienda Tintín…
¿Habéis leído y disfrutado a Tintín… ‘’rayos y centellas’’?
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29 reviews30 followers
September 18, 2011
As much as I enjoyed this book, I had to conclude that Tintin is a bloody terrible journalist. At first he investigates the theft of a South American Indian artifact and tails its thieves to their home country. So far so good. Then he gets arrested and faces a firing squad, but is saved by a revolution and through improbable chance finds himself as a colonel and personal aide to the new presidente. Any journalist in his position would start filing stories on their inside view of the new regime, but all Tintin can think of is how to get away and back to chasing the thieves. Then an oil company representative meets him to persuade the president to invade a neighbour's oil fields. Again, a great story lands in his lap, but instead he takes the moral high ground, making an enemy of the oil company and endangering his standing with the president!

OK, so this is a kid's book and on the whole a good one. The whole shady oil company business and the part about the arms dealer's literal double-dealing in the ensuing war is bold colonialist realpolitik for a children's book written in the 1940s. The English translation also gives the Indian tribe an amusing dialect which, if read aloud, is clearly Cockney patois. However, there is also Tintin's rather disturbing disguise on the transatlantic ferry - blacking up in a way that clearly resembles a golliwog rather than a realistic black person, even by the standards of the comic. And the anthropologist who has gone native loses a little of one's sympathy when you learn he is teaching the natives to play golf and is locked in a power struggle with the shaman, whose position he threatens with his western rationalism.

Nevertheless, I couldn't help liking it despite these quibbles because it's a children's story written in different times with different mores, which to some extent it was willing to challenge in bolder terms than others would.
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302 reviews171 followers
January 10, 2018
শুরুর দিকের গল্পগুলোর ছেলেমানুষী অসম্ভব ভাব কাটিয়ে উঠে আস্তে আস্তে গল্পগুলো পরিণত হয়ে উঠছে। আমেরিকান প্রোপাগান্ডার আরেকটা দিক এই গল্পে উঠে এসেছে। তেলের খনি নিয়ে চলা বলিভিয়া আর প্যারাগুয়ের মধ্যে চলা যুদ্ধকে এখানে হার্জ কাল্পনিক দুই দেশ স্যান থিওডোরস আর ন্যুভো রিকো এর মধ্যে বিবাদের মাধ্যমে তুলে ধরেছেন। কীভাবে আমেরিকান তেল কোম্পানিগুলো মুনাফার লোভে সাউথ আমেরিকান দেশগুলোর মধ্যে বিবাদ বাঁধিয়ে আবার নিজেরাই দুই পক্ষের কাছে আলাদা আলাদা ভাবে অস্ত্র সরবরাহ করে দুই পক্ষ থেকেই ফায়দা লুটে নিচ্ছে।
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694 reviews120 followers
November 24, 2019
3.5 stars.

Tintin is shown less superhero like in his fighting powers than in the last two books. This helps to enjoy the story better.

A nice mix of detective story and screwball scenes.
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395 reviews38 followers
September 4, 2018
[re-read 1/9-2/9/2018] tintin has always been a part of my childhood. i am probably one of the biggest tintin enthusiasts you will ever meet. however, when going back and re-reading the comics (especially the earlier ones), it's easy to find a lot of flaws.

i gave this three stars mostly for nostalgia's sake. but is the broken ear /that/ good? no. there are certainly much better tintin stories, especially later on as hergé improved his style and the times changed. i think i'm going to go and watch the tv adaptation now. (yes, the one with heavily canadian accented english voice acting.)
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500 reviews68 followers
July 16, 2017
Um boneco antigo foi roubado de um museu de segurança máxima e outro falso foi colocado em seu lugar. ..Qual o motivo desse artefato ser tão cobiçado? Tin tin e milu entram em cena para descobrir. .
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1,650 reviews267 followers
June 29, 2020
Storywise I've read a lot better. I think, nevertheless, it's worth the try. One is soon transported to some South America nation, banana-like Republic, always in turmoil due to the "revolution". Right, quite often you'll read some characters shouting "freedom or death". Fights between nations are promoted by the Americans, the oil & guns dealers.

Tintim this time around is in search for a totem, a sort of fetiche, thought to belong to an old tribe, the Arumbaias. There's a catch regarding the fetiche, because, and at times, nobody really knows (not even Tintim) where it is or what's the real one....with the magic properties. Rightly, because there are several fetiches, if not many, being produced in a sort of factory...in Europe.

Most interesting, to me, was the old English man who thought to be lost for so many years, who, upon meeting with Tintim, discloses feeling better with the "dangerous", curare-throwers,...the Arumbaias.

In the end Tintim gets the original fetiche, handing it back to the museum. He gets also a deserved vacation. Milou as well.
Profile Image for Katja H. Labonté.
Author 16 books180 followers
June 1, 2023
4 étoiles. Quelle histoire fascinante ! J'ai adoré la partie détective. ;) R & A étaient des “méchants gars” très agréables—l'éternel lutte pour viser correctement, ça, c’est de la comédie ! L'histoire était très amusante, mélangeant révolutions, armée, tribus de la jungle, navires, sociétés secrètes. J'ai apprécié toutes les blagues et l’humour, comme toujours. Ce livre ne semble avoir aucun fil du livre 4 ou 5, donc je suis intéressé par la façon dont les choses vont se dérouler… Tintin est aussi très beau habillé en colonel ;)

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4 stars. What a fascinating story! I loved the detective part. ;) R&A were very enjoyable “bad guys”—the eternal struggle to aim correctly, that's comedy! The story was very funny, mixing revolutions, army, jungle tribes, ships, secret societies. I enjoyed all the jokes and humor, as always. This book doesn't seem to have any threads from book 4 or 5, so I'm interested in how things will go... Tintin is also very handsome dressed as a colonel ;)

Contains swearing, smoking, & alcohol
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401 reviews180 followers
June 14, 2012
This volume sees Tintin on the trail of a stolen idol from a South American native tribe. There he arrives in the middle of an ongoing revolution not to mention potential war with a neighbouring country with this agenda being pushed by oil companies. This was actually based on a real conflict between Bolivia and Paraguay and involving Shell and Standard Oil.

Tintin eventually meets members of the tribe who the idol was made by. There are some slight racist shades similar to Tintin in the Congo but not so blatant or sinister. Although Tintin does disguise himself using blackface, the racism is dropping off. The stories are getting a bit more intricate and interesting and getting back to what I remember. Onwards to more Tintin!
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224 reviews89 followers
November 23, 2011
Very interesting plot as usual!! Looks like this episode is on the phase where the entire adventures of tintin has took a greater leap forward! Before this episode, the adventures were more of a luck rather than a true one!! The acumen nature of tintin was very well described here and I found this book as the first of all!!

However, at most parts the plot was completely irrelevant! I felt bored at few pages in the middle!! There are some loose ends which are left alone!! I can say that the reason for stealing the "fetish" was very interestingly explored by tintin and the narration was very nice!!
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941 reviews205 followers
November 3, 2020
A fetish of the South American Arumbaya tribe is stolen from the Museum of Ethnography. The Arumbaya tribe live along the banks of the River Coliflor in the Republic of San Theodoros. This leads Tintin to begin his investigations leading him on anew quest. The fetish seems to have been returned but Tintin discovers that the reinstated version is a fake, as the original had a broken ear.
The plot thickens after artist Jacob Balthazar is found murdered in his room.
Through Balthazar's pet parrot, both Tintin and the Latin American criminals, Ramon and Alonso found out that Balthazar was murdered by Rodrigo Tortilla who has fled to the South American Republic of San Theodoros.
Ramon and Alonso murder Tortilla but are outwitted by Tintin who arrests them on arrival in San Theodoros, and hands them over to the authorities.
A series of hilarious mix ups regarding a series of coups and counter coups between Generals Tapioca and Alcazar, and ends up being named Colonel ?Aide De Camp to San Theodoran strongman General Alcazar.
A long battle between Tintin and the Alonso/Ramon pair see a series of failed assassination attempts and bombings, prison breakouts, kidnappings and escapes. Tintin encounters the lost explorer Ridgewell and the tribes the Arumbayas and Rumbabas.
He also gets caught up in a border war between San Theodoros and Nuevo Rico.
Again this album shows Herge's contempt for international capitalist speculators.
Eventually Tintin recovers the fetish and sees the demise of the bad guys.
Not quite as exquisitely detailed as the Cigars of the Pharaoh and the Blue Lotus or as intriguing as King Ottokar's Sceptre, it is nonetheless a great addition to your Tintin collection
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590 reviews54 followers
July 13, 2022
Sanıyorum hiçbir Tenten hikayesi bende üç yıldızdan öteye gidemeyecek. Keşke tüm seriyi hiç almasaydım da çocukluğumdaki Tenten kalsaydı, bu kadar hayal kırıklığına uğramasaydım.

Mesela bir Tenten kaç kez kurşuna dizilebilir. O kadar aynı sahne tekrar ediyor ki Tenten bile "ben zaten 3 kere kurşuna dizildim" diyor. Tamam, anlıyorum biraz absürt olabilir, sonuçta Dupond ve Dupont da absürt karakterler ama saçmalık derecesinde de olmaz ki? Tam üzerine ateş edilecekken ahşap kulübeye?! yıldırım düşüyor ve Tenten kendini dışarıda buluyor. Yok ya sevmiyorum. Küçükken de Coyote Road Runner'ı bir dağın ucunda kıstırırdı. Bir testere alır kesmeye başlardı. Road Runner'ın üzerinde bulunduğu kaya parçası düşmezdi de Coyote'nin üzerinde bulunduğu dağ düşerdi?!.

Bir de ilk kez çevirisine çok takıldım. Mesela artık Tenten ne dediyse bunu "pazara kadar değil mezara kadar" diye çevirerek "think global act local"ın dibine vuran çeviri katliamcısına Mustafa Sandal özel ödülünü takdim ediyorum.

Herkese keyifli okumalar!
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760 reviews370 followers
October 3, 2022
Now Tintin is off to South America! In this book, he visits the fictional country of San Theodoros, which had just undergone a revolution, LOL! The story actually starts in Belgium when Tintin discovers that a sacred tribal statue has been replaced. Turns out a couple of thugs are also on the lookout for the same statue. As are others! But why is this statue so important?

The two thugs are hilarious, but once Tintin reaches San Theodoros, the story becomes even more funny. He is arrested as a spy and sentenced to be shot. On the nick of time, he is saved by a revolution toppling the old government. He is also made colonel and ends up in the middle of a war between San Theodoros and neighbouring Neuvo Rico. He meets the Arumbaya tribe but it is back in Belgium that he solves the mystery.

The story lacks some coherence in some places but is still not a bad one. The names of some of the characters are odd ... Tapioca? Tortilla? Really? Seriously funny, though. I very much enjoyed this one.
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44 reviews1 follower
August 18, 2020
Alweer een kleurrijk album dat zich voor het eerst deels afspeelt in thuisstad Brussel, en - eveneens voor het eerst - in een fictieve natie, maar toch geïnspireerd op de Zuid-Amerikaanse actualiteit van toen. Alle klassieke ingrediënten van een Tintin-album zijn aanwezig: een exotische reis, hufterige Amerikaanse zakenlui, andere hufters, wat raciaal en tribaal gefantaseer zonder veel erg, en natuurlijk die goeie ouwe terdoodveroordeling, die Tintin eerder verveeld nog maar eens ondergaat, en die vervolgens weer maar eens mislukt (tot 3 keer toe!).
Profile Image for نیما اکبرخانی.
Author 3 books121 followers
May 29, 2021
خوب بود.
داستان گونه و همانطوری که هست یک جنگ نفتی را در آمریکای لاتین شرح می دهد که به نظرم حسابی ریشه در واقعیت دارد و همینطور به دخالت کمپانی های نفتی در تمام امور کشورهای ضعیف تر نیز می پردازد.
در جای خودش خوب است و خوش می گذرد.
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19 reviews3 followers
December 4, 2018
وقتی اول دبستان بودم دایی بهم هدیه داد.
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