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The Adventures of Hergé, by Michael Farr

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Tintinrulz
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#21 · Posted: 30 Oct 2007 07:43
No, I'm pretty sure it's just in English.
Austin
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#22 · Posted: 31 Oct 2007 23:49
Farr is bilingual - hence I guess he wrote both English and French versions. Great book btw.
south37
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#23 · Posted: 1 Nov 2007 08:10
Is there any chance of someone writing a wee review? Even if just a couple of paragraphs? Does it differ greatly to "The Complete Companion", for example?
Tintinrulz
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#24 · Posted: 5 Nov 2007 09:14 · Edited by: Tintinrulz
Surely there should be reviews out by now!

By the way is 'Herge and Tintin, Reporters' translated by Michael Farr, a good book? It's so hard to find and I just want to know if it's worth getting - or do all the other English books on Herge and Tintin cover this? (not that there are many).
Balthazar
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#25 · Posted: 10 Nov 2007 11:02 · Edited by: Balthazar
Tintinrulz
By the way is 'Herge and Tintin, Reporters' translated by Michael Farr, a good book?

Yeah, I think it's good. It came out not that long after Hergé's death, and much of it consists of memories of Hergé and tributes to him, written by people like Raymond Le Blanc and both Hergé's wives. These testomonies run alongside the main text by Phillipe Goddin. This gives it a sort of hodge-podge scrapbook feel, which is nice. It's elegantly designed and lavishly illustrated throughout.

There are fewer research photos than you'll find in The Complete Companion, but more pencil roughs and more information about Hergé's approach to drawing, composition and working method. In particular, several pages of the pencil roughs for Tintin in Tibet are reproduced, and these are really interesting and beautiful. They were a real revalation to me when I bought the book when it came out, really demonstrating how Hergé's clean, clear pen line was built on very muscular, lively pencil drawing.

Because it's a tribute book rather than an in-depth biography, and because it's mostly written by French-speaking intellectuals, some of the writing is a bit waffly and meaningless and a bit pompous in places. (I'm guessing that Farr did a fairly direct word-for-word translation.) But the amount of interesting stuff packed into this big book more than compensates for that, in my opinion. It wasn't cheap when it came out, and I was stretching my budget to buy it, but I didn't regret it.

But that said, there were so few other books about Hergé and Tintin available in English back then that this filled a huge void in my knowledge, and that maybe wouldn't be the case now. And I don't know how much copies go for now. I guess I'd say if you like visual stuff, it's a book worth having if you see one for sale that you can comfortably afford. But I wouldn't bankrupt myself to buy it.

Hope that helps.
Tintinrulz
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#26 · Posted: 10 Nov 2007 12:08
Thanks mate, you've been very helpful. If I can find it for a decent or almost decent price I'll be getting it.
Thanks again, it sounds great!
Balthazar
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#27 · Posted: 10 Nov 2007 17:42
No problem. Hope you track one down. Shame it isn't still in print, along with Harry Thompson's and Benoît Peeters' books, which are also good.
Rocky
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#28 · Posted: 14 Nov 2007 23:09
Still no reviews of 'The Adventures of Herge'?
Is it worth getting if I already have all the other English language boooks about Tintin/Herge?
Tintinrulz
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#29 · Posted: 26 Dec 2007 04:01
Is 'The Adventures of Herge' a good book?
I'm also curious to buy it but first I want to know if it has anything not revealed in Tintin and the World of Herge, Herge and His Creation, Tintin: A Complete Companion, and The Pocket Essential - Tintin.
Does it?

A review would be very much appreciated.

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