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"Hergé: The Genius of Tintin: A Biography" vs "Hergé, Son of Tintin"

Tintinrulz
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#1 · Posted: 30 Dec 2011 02:02 · Edited by: Tintinrulz
I have 12 books about Hergé and Tintin, they vary in quality but it's great to have more books now available in English.

Until recently, the best Hergé/Tintin book (in English) has undoubtedly been Harry Thompson's Tintin: Hergé and His Creation. It's an enjoyable, well-written book.

Then Pierre Assouline's Hergé: The Man Who Created Tintin was published in English. This book was well-written but Assouline seemed to have an agenda in writing some of the chapters. The book was comprehensive but not an altogether enjoyable read.

Several week ago I bought Benoit Peteers Hergé, Son of Tintin. Now, this has to be the most in-depth look at Hergé/ Tintin in the English language so far. I have 11 other books on Hergé and Tintin and most of the material in this book was either new to me or gave me more information about things I already knew. I love that! While the book brushes over the war pretty quickly, everything else is pretty much looked at in detail (it's more about Hergé than Tintin though). I found the book well-written but more academic than previous efforts. Also the last third of the book is so depressing. The dark side of Hergé emerges. It's tough to realise how human your 'hero' really is.

In short, Thompson's book is the most enjoyable and Peeter's book is the most in-depth book.

And finally to my question. Having already read Benoit Peeter's excellent (if at times depressing) Hergé, Son of Tintin, does Raphael Taylor's Hergé: The Genius of Tintin: A Biography offer anything new? Is there any point reading Taylor's book? Is it better/worse than Peeter's book? Thanks!

Moderator Note: See here for further information on the fate of the Taylor book!
tintinforever
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#2 · Posted: 19 Feb 2017 01:57 · Edited by: tintinforever
Thanks for the review -- I am very keen to know more about Benoit Peeter's book -- has anyone else on our board read it? Any more views and opinions would be appreciated.

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