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Book Details: "Tintin in the Land of Fervour" by Alain Bernard Marchent

#1 · Posted: 16 Jun 2004 04:08
Anybody knows about this book by Alain Bernard Marchent. Is it a parody, a novel (in Tintin in the new world style),whats it?
#2 · Posted: 16 Jun 2004 15:25
I’ve not read it, but I found the following:

“This nostalgic essay interweaves commentaries on Hergé´s Tintin series with reminiscences of a life that has been strongly influenced by the intrepid hero and his adventures. As a child, Alain Bernard Marchand was transported in his imagination to the ends of the earth with Tintin, learning about the world but, more importantly, about himself. As an adult, he brought his childhood imaginings to life, through his travels around the world, particularly to Asia, and in the process, discovered the desire to create worlds of his own through his writing.”

Here’s the link to the page on the “publisher’s” web-site:


I’ve put the quotes on the publisher, because Xlibris are actually an “on demand” service; you get them to publish the book, and they put it on the catalogue, internet book-sellers etc. If someone order it, they print one off using digital imaging. Then you and they split the royalty. A neat twist on the old “vanity publisher”.

The cover of the French edition is bold yellow with a dragon on it; the English language version is a grubby brown/ taupe affair - doesn’t leap off the screen saying, “Buy me!”
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#3 · Posted: 16 Jun 2004 18:21
I've got it - it's an extended essay about the author's early life in terms of reading and appreciating the Tintin books. It isn't entirely autobiographical however. There is some very interesting and perceptive analysis that is surprisingly lucid in comparison to much of the pseudo-rubbish put about by other Tintin experts. I found it a worthwhile purchase and would reccommend it to others as a different slant on the usual commentaries.


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