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“Tintin and the World of Hergé”: Worth getting?

#1 · Posted: 8 Aug 2005 22:39 · Edited by: ClaroQuerido
Just wondering whether to buy this. I have Michael Farr's so I'm wondering if they are very similar? If so I'll not bother buying it. I thought Farr's book was good for information but not so good for analysis and inerpretation/speculation. Is Benôit Peeters' book any better in that way? Has anyone read the 'Making of Tintin' books? I thought they where really good. If only there had been one for every book! Is Peeters' book like them?
#2 · Posted: 8 Aug 2005 23:14
I own both, and I think Farr's is quite superior. It covers most of Peeters' ground, and more.

The one advantage of Peeters' book, I think, is that is has more pictures and more information on non-Tintin aspects of Hergé.
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#3 · Posted: 8 Aug 2005 23:16
Tintin and the World of Hergé is a great book, the first one I ever read about the series and Hergé. It's separated into a number of parts - a brief biography of Hergé, an analysis of every single book, the other series (Jo & Zette, Quick & Flupke and Popol & Virginie) and Hergé's design work (as far as I can remember).

To some extent it interprets the books, a lot more than Farr's book, which I personally found to be a little too technical at times, and reproduced too many quotes from the books (that's not to say I didn't enjoy it, it was thoroughly researched and really nicely presented, with plenty of things that I didn't know about). But with regard to M. Peeters' book, there's a lot of interesting things that you might not have seen before, such as the Christmas card designs and earlier versions of the books - there's plenty about the 1943 edition of The Black Island.

So basically yes, I'd recommend buying the book. I find it better than Farr's, but that's just my own personal preference. And if you can pick up a French edition, there's a considerable amount more, such as the film adaptations, collectibles and the like.
#4 · Posted: 9 Aug 2005 06:12
If you can find it at a reasonable price I would definitely get it, I found it superior to Farr's effort also. Probably less detailed but it has more interesting information

#5 · Posted: 9 Aug 2005 22:42 · Edited by: ClaroQuerido
Thanks for your responses! I'll have a look for it on ebay and amazon (unfortunately I can't read French - does anybody know any other languages it was published in? Apart from English I only know Portuguese and Spanish)

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