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  1. 4 out of 5

    Ahmad Sharabiani

    Tintin au Congo = Tintin in the Congo (Tintin #2), Hergé Tintin in the Congo (French: Tintin au Congo) is the second 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 May 1930 to June 1931 before being published in a collected volume by Éditions de Petit Vingtième in 1931. The story tells of young Belgian reporter T Tintin au Congo = Tintin in the Congo (Tintin #2), Hergé Tintin in the Congo (French: Tintin au Congo) is the second 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 May 1930 to June 1931 before being published in a collected volume by Éditions de Petit Vingtième in 1931. The story tells of young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy, who are sent to the Belgian Congo to report on events in the country. Amid various encounters with the native Congolese people and wild animals, Tintin unearths a criminal diamond smuggling operation run by the American gangster Al Capone. تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 2000 میلادی عنوان: تن تن در کنگو - کتاب دوم؛ نویسنده: هرژه؛ مترجم: خسرو سمیعی؛ تهران، یونیورسال، 1354، در 62 ص، موضوع: داستانهای گرافیکی و فکاهی نویسندگان - سده 20 م ا. شربیانی

  2. 4 out of 5

    Aishu Rehman

    I recently read TinTin in the Congo and found it a delightful book. The text is humorous and the artwork is (as always with Herge's works) well done and entertaining. I recommend this volume for any age; I especially recommend it as a fun book to read to your children or grandchildren. The hand wringing from the easily offended politically correct crowd to the contrary notwithstanding, this book accurately captures the impressions that anyone from an advanced country would have in travelling to I recently read TinTin in the Congo and found it a delightful book. The text is humorous and the artwork is (as always with Herge's works) well done and entertaining. I recommend this volume for any age; I especially recommend it as a fun book to read to your children or grandchildren. The hand wringing from the easily offended politically correct crowd to the contrary notwithstanding, this book accurately captures the impressions that anyone from an advanced country would have in travelling to remote areas of a more primitive culture. For all the heartburn of some westerners over "colonialism", I suspect that a trip to outback areas of the Congo in 2009 would present them with a rather unpleasant brush-up with reality. Read and enjoy!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Dirk Grobbelaar

    Ah, the infamous Tintin Au Congo. This is the edition that is widely available these days, i.e. the redrawn, coloured and “sanitized” version. Comparisons between the original art and the art on display here shows that originally it didn’t look much different than Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, if perhaps slightly better. In fact, Tintin looks like something from a Black & White Quick & Flupke story in the original version (unsurprisingly, since it is by the same author / artist). Wh Ah, the infamous Tintin Au Congo. This is the edition that is widely available these days, i.e. the redrawn, coloured and “sanitized” version. Comparisons between the original art and the art on display here shows that originally it didn’t look much different than Tintin in the Land of the Soviets, if perhaps slightly better. In fact, Tintin looks like something from a Black & White Quick & Flupke story in the original version (unsurprisingly, since it is by the same author / artist). Why bring this up? Because, frankly, I believe that the earlier art suits the story better. This isn’t that much different from In the Land of the Soviets as far as plot development and ham handed comedy is concerned, but it looks like one of the later books, which can create one heck of a false expectation. This book has received a lot of bad press, and has not been published for many years as a result. The following excerpt is from the introduction of this edition: In his portrayal of the Belgian Congo, the young Hergé reflects the colonial attitudes of the time. [the book was first published in book form in 1931, and presented as a strip even before then] He himself admitted that he depicted the African people according to the bourgeois, paternalistic stereotypes of the period – an interpretation that some of today’s readers may find offensive. The same could be said of his treatment of big-game hunting. The same could also be said of many other (and in some cases iconic) novels, such as King Solomon's Mines and Jock of the Bushveld. Again: I suggest reading Tintin in the Congo with a companion book like Tintin: Hergé and His Creation. The author himself wasn’t fond of this book, and especially of the treatment of wildlife. So there it is. The first two Tintin books are important for their historical significance in the sense that Hergé was pioneering the European comic style that we take for granted today, but they are far from his best work. Thankfully, after this things start improving greatly. Hergé was about to “grow up”. As with Tintin in the Land of the Soviets giving this more than three would not make sense given the greatness of what was to come.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Luís C.

    There is no need to revisit the polemic about the "ambient" racism and the colonialist clichés (although the reflection of an era and its mentalities) that flood this second volume. Without counting on the caricature of the hunting-poaching... Otherwise, the character begins to choke, as well as his personality. The designs are refined.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Manybooks

    As a child, when I first read Hergé's Tintin comic books (graphic novels) in German, and when I still rather tended to enjoy even some of the more politically incorrect and problematic earlier instalments, already at that time (in the late 70s), Tintin au Congo regularly and generally tended to make me both physically and mentally cringe at the blatant stereotyping, the colonialism, the overt and nasty racism depicted (so much so, that I actually never managed to fully finish reading the book un As a child, when I first read Hergé's Tintin comic books (graphic novels) in German, and when I still rather tended to enjoy even some of the more politically incorrect and problematic earlier instalments, already at that time (in the late 70s), Tintin au Congo regularly and generally tended to make me both physically and mentally cringe at the blatant stereotyping, the colonialism, the overt and nasty racism depicted (so much so, that I actually never managed to fully finish reading the book until I was a teenager, in 1982, usually giving up in disgust at both the content and the presented thematics of Tintin au Congo, as well as at the frustrating fact that when I would ask my parents about episodes and illustrations that I considered blatant racism, they generally simply claimed that it was a sign of the times and to therefore not worry so much about it). And while, perhaps, my parents were indeed somewhat correct in claiming the latter (that the racism depicted was indeed very much a sign of the times), that does in NO WAY excuse the unfortunate and nasty truth that Tintin au Congo is simply and utterly replete with questionable content and patently unacceptable loathsome euro-centric colonialist attitudes. And also, aside from the ever-present colonialism and ethnic stereotyping (making almost ALL of the native African characters appear as at best childishly simplistic and at worst corrupt and stupid, not to mention how they have been illustrated, with protruding caricature like lips, and speaking broken pidgin French), there are equally far far too many uncritical, condoning and even positive representations of so-called trophy hunting featured (as basically, Tintin is in Africa not only to tour the continent but also and obviously to seemingly "bag" as many species of animals as possible), and as such, an attitude that Africa as a continent is there for the taking, is there for the manifest destiny of European expansion and use/abuse is definitely to be found in Tintin au Congo (and whether politically or religiously, that really and truly matters not or at least should not matter). And while early children's literature (both novels and illustrated offerings) does indeed contain many similarly questionable details, the fact that Tintin au Congo contains such an encompassing amount of the same (massive amounts of dead, of deliberately slaughtered African animal species, as well as almost every page presenting Africans as simpletons, as almost lesser human beings), this in my opinion does make Tintin au Congo negatively and frustratingly stand hugely out. And yes, I do well realise some readers as well as literary analysts have claimed that the overabundance of the ethnic stereotyping, the colonialism, the over-eager (read extreme) hunting behaviour and practices in Tintin au Congo might, in fact, be of satiric intent, that Hergé (like Jonathan Swift) is showing, is presenting an expanded and exaggerated portrait of Africa and colonialism in order to criticise, in order to hold up a mirror to society, to the crowned heads of Europe (so to speak). But while this might be partially correct for some of the later Tintin graphic novels (where humour and satiric intent is definitely both present and easily appreciated, easily noticed), the storyline (even if at times somewhat exaggerated) of Tintin in Congo really never reads and never feels (in my humble opinion) as being all that satirical or in any way much critical of colonialism (for in Tintin au Congo, the attitude towards Africa and towards Africans is at best massively paternalistic and as such both frustrating and so annoying that I can only and will only consider a one star rating maximum and really would love to grant negative stars). And with regard to recommending Tintin au Congo, I would ONLY EVER suggest it to and for teenagers and adults (and even then only for historical and academic research and analysis purposes, for discussions and debates on colonialism and what should NOT really be included, should not be featured in children's literature). And finally, considering recent medical advances (and the fact that we are now rather confident that repeated head injuries, that concussions and the like can and often will lead to serious and lasting cognitive issues and other health related problems), the vast amount of times that Tintin (especially) is knocked unconscious, is bonked on the head, is drugged, is rendered immobile, is seemingly seriously injured is also (at least in my humble opinion) a cause for both concern and need for discussion (as Tintin never seems to show ANY major post trauma ill effects, a scenario that is at best a bit naive and at worst potentially dangerous, as it could make readers, but especially children think that the dangers Tintin faces and the injuries he receives are not all that serious, and that therefore, concussions and the like are also not all that serious, something that might have well been the general consensus when the Tintin books were first published, but an attitude that is definitely not so much the case nowadays, as in fact, rather the opposite seems to be the standard currently accepted position).

  6. 5 out of 5

    Greg

    Hmmm, this was a bit of a disappointment. I have heard how racist this book was, and Herge did choose to draw all of the African natives in a very sterotypical early 20th century way, and they aren't quite as smart as Tintin is, but from the three books of Herge's I've read now no one is really as smart as Tintin in the stories. They way the natives talk is a kind of stilted 'dumb' sort of way, but Herge also does this with the Soviets in the first Tintin book, and with the Mafia gangsters in th Hmmm, this was a bit of a disappointment. I have heard how racist this book was, and Herge did choose to draw all of the African natives in a very sterotypical early 20th century way, and they aren't quite as smart as Tintin is, but from the three books of Herge's I've read now no one is really as smart as Tintin in the stories. They way the natives talk is a kind of stilted 'dumb' sort of way, but Herge also does this with the Soviets in the first Tintin book, and with the Mafia gangsters in the America story. Well not exactly the same way, but he uses gross sterotypes . I was expecting something more racist, this wasn't anymore racist than certain Bugs Bunny cartoons I can remember watching growing up. Then there is the cartoon-ish violence against animals and people who say that Tintin killed too many animals, which also seems to me sort of a knee-jerk PC reaction, again it's nothing worse than I can remember seeing in lots of cartoons growing up. If anything this whole book is just the stereotype of European colonialism and an entire set of beliefs about the 'dark continent' (dark not meaning skin color, which of course is obvious), and the heroic / machoism of big game hunting. But then isn't really a surprise after reading the book about the Soviet Union. Herge's treatment of the Soviets is also a big jumble of confused facts and stereotypes, I mean do you think anyone ever said, "Oh my Trotsky!", instead of "oh my god", especially in a Soviet Union in the Stalinist era? I guess I just wanted to be actually shocked at the content of the book and not at the sensitivity of people.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Cyndi

    I haven’t read in French since high school, so this was a double adventure. Always a pleasure to travel with TinTin and Snowy, even if some of the African representations are outdated and now considered racist.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Orion

    Tintin in the Congo, while written for the children's section of a Belgian newspaper in 1930, is so full of Eurocentric racism and speciesism that it cannot be recommended as reading for young people. However, as an example of white supremacy attitudes of the time, it is an interesting document. The book has often been left out of Tintin collections or edited to soften its most egregious content. I found two English language black and white (and one Spanish language color) editions online at www Tintin in the Congo, while written for the children's section of a Belgian newspaper in 1930, is so full of Eurocentric racism and speciesism that it cannot be recommended as reading for young people. However, as an example of white supremacy attitudes of the time, it is an interesting document. The book has often been left out of Tintin collections or edited to soften its most egregious content. I found two English language black and white (and one Spanish language color) editions online at www.Scribd.com, a document sharing website. The English copies at Scribd state that this book was "first published in the U.S.A. in 2002." In the Forward the translators say the author "admitted that he depicted his Africans according to the bourgeois, paternalistic stereotypes of the period. The same may be said of his treatment of big-game hunting and his attitude towards animals."

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alix West

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Uh, this book is freaking terrible. And not just the racism--it lacks all semblance of a plot. You can read my review here, and instead of reading the actual book you can just read the notes I took while reading it: Milou gets in a fight with a parrot, Milou gets surgery, Milou falls overboard, Tintin rescues him, Tintin gets attacked by a shark, Tintin arrives in Africa and everyone greets him at the dock and cheers and carries him around, Milou gets attacked by mosquitoes, a bunch of papers wan Uh, this book is freaking terrible. And not just the racism--it lacks all semblance of a plot. You can read my review here, and instead of reading the actual book you can just read the notes I took while reading it: Milou gets in a fight with a parrot, Milou gets surgery, Milou falls overboard, Tintin rescues him, Tintin gets attacked by a shark, Tintin arrives in Africa and everyone greets him at the dock and cheers and carries him around, Milou gets attacked by mosquitoes, a bunch of papers want to pay Tintin stupid money to write for them, Tintin gets a car and a servant named Coco, a crocodile tries to eat Milou, someone steals Tintin’s car while Coco is scared and hides in the bushes, Tintin gets car back and ties up thief, Tintin kills an entire herd of antelope (animal death toll: +10), A chimpanzee kidnaps Milou, Tintin kills another Chimpanzee (+11), skins it, and climbs into its skin to get Milou back, then scares Coco the useless servant, the thief escapes, Tintin’s car gets stuck on the railroad tracks and gets hit by a train, Tintin tells the people to fix the train and calls them lazy, and also doesn’t help, Tintin tows the train to the station and meets a tribal chief, Tintin gets attacked by a lion and milou rips the lion’s tail off, all the native people are afraid of the lion and impressed by Tintin’s bravery, a witch-doctor is jealous of Tintin’s popularity and says the Gods have told him Tintin needs to be sacrificed. He pairs up with the villain from before and they plot to kill Tintin, but Tintin escapes and films the two of them plotting, and then outs the witch-doctor to the rest of the tribe and he is run out of town, Tintin is like King Solomon of the native people, the angry witch-doctor and mysterious thief try to start a war with a rival tribe, but it backfires and they start worshipping Tintin instead the witch-doctor hears that Tintin is hunting leopards, so dresses as a leopard to scare Tintin even though that makes no sense, but then he is attacked by a snake and Tintin saves him and now he also worships Tintin, the thief who is now bearded attacks Tintin and dangles him above a bunch of crocodiles, another white man comes and shoots 8 or so crocodiles dead (+19), Milou gets eaten by a snake, but Tintin saves him (+20), Tintin goes to teach in an African school, but the kids are really dumb and can’t add 2+2, and then a leopard comes in the classroom but it’s ok, because Tintin scares it off, Tintin tries to shoot an elephant but fails, and then the elephant chases him, but a chimpanzee picks up his gun and shoots the elephant (+21), the newly bearded villain shows up again and, after knocking tintin unconcious, tries to push him in a canoe over a waterfall, but Tintin is saved at the last second by a dangling tree branch, Milou fetches the other white dude and they save Tintin, Tintin and the bearded villain fight and then fall off a cliff, and Tintin is saved because he bounces off a hippo like a trampoline, but the villain gets eaten by crocodiles, Milou becomes some pygmies god, Tintin pretends to be the dead beared villain and meets some other villains, Tintin finds out that the villains were all part of a gang of Chicago mobsters and round them up, Tintin needlessly harasses some more animals, including drilling a hole in a Rhino, sticking in a stick of dynamite, and blowing it up (+22) and also kiling a buffalo (+23), some people in a plane save him and he goes home, and all the Africans are sad because Tintin left.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sophie Crane

    I’m giving this book 4 stars purely as a collectors edition to make up the full Tintin series & as a piece of literary history, otherwise it would have scored zero. It’s a terrible story. It’s horribly patronising towards Africans & for that alone was not stocked in book shops for years. Plus it features Tintin hunting beautiful animals, such as Elephants, that today are rightfully protected. I’ve explained these facts to my boys & they don’t want to read the book for fear of it tain I’m giving this book 4 stars purely as a collectors edition to make up the full Tintin series & as a piece of literary history, otherwise it would have scored zero. It’s a terrible story. It’s horribly patronising towards Africans & for that alone was not stocked in book shops for years. Plus it features Tintin hunting beautiful animals, such as Elephants, that today are rightfully protected. I’ve explained these facts to my boys & they don’t want to read the book for fear of it tainting a character they have come to know & love as a hero. Such a shame this book was produced but at the same time it exhibits colonial European attitudes of yore that we would do well to remember & never repeat.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Farhana

    Umm it's kind of racist. In the first book (Tintin in the land of Soviets) Snowy the dog saves frozen Tintin by using salt as a freezing point depressor - quite scientific! In this issue, Snowy becomes afraid as it finds a spider in the morning, breaks a mirror on their voyage to Congo thinking these may bring them dangers. Quite superstitious by this time, to give away the notion of prevailing superstition among the African countries! Even in operating table Snowy becomes frightened seeing an Af Umm it's kind of racist. In the first book (Tintin in the land of Soviets) Snowy the dog saves frozen Tintin by using salt as a freezing point depressor - quite scientific! In this issue, Snowy becomes afraid as it finds a spider in the morning, breaks a mirror on their voyage to Congo thinking these may bring them dangers. Quite superstitious by this time, to give away the notion of prevailing superstition among the African countries! Even in operating table Snowy becomes frightened seeing an African and hides away . To comfort Snowy Tintin explains him using the word " That black ". :( The book is filled with many aspects from colonialism - whites are masters. And I particularly don't like Tintin's hunting episodes - kind of torture to the poor animals. :/

  12. 4 out of 5

    J.G. Keely

    Like the last volume in the series, this one is another flop bearing no real resemblance to the themes, characters, or style of the later series. The whole thing is a haphazard cartoon filled with slapstick violence starring pugnacious jerk Tintin and his bad-joke-making dog. Yeah, the treatment of Africans and big game hunting make H. Rider Haggard look tame and responsible in comparison, though I find it hard to argue that the stylized drawings of the Africans are racist, since it's not like th Like the last volume in the series, this one is another flop bearing no real resemblance to the themes, characters, or style of the later series. The whole thing is a haphazard cartoon filled with slapstick violence starring pugnacious jerk Tintin and his bad-joke-making dog. Yeah, the treatment of Africans and big game hunting make H. Rider Haggard look tame and responsible in comparison, though I find it hard to argue that the stylized drawings of the Africans are racist, since it's not like the European characters are examples of detailed realism. I mean, when your main character's head is a mouthless blob with two pseudopods and tiny holes for eyes, it's hard to complain that other characters in the book are too simplistic. But yeah, another read that's only interesting to completists and cultural historians. My Suggested Reading In Comics

  13. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead of his time (Exploring the moon, Industrialization, South American political conflict, modern slave trade, extraterrestrial life) and he made certain every detail for every object would be realistic (after the third book at least). Herge's work can certainly be cited as an influence for any modern day graphic novel or comic book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anwesha

    this is probably the only tintin stuff that I didn't like.I read it may be two years ago, and I was pretty sure that its a fake one,may be some one else wrote it (mine was a translated version). But when I googled it, I was kind of devastated.I grew up with Tintin , and loved him for his courage and intelligence, but in this book he acted like a racist animal hating jerk.I don't know whether Harge was a hardcore racist or just a product of his time, but this is the only book where he let me down this is probably the only tintin stuff that I didn't like.I read it may be two years ago, and I was pretty sure that its a fake one,may be some one else wrote it (mine was a translated version). But when I googled it, I was kind of devastated.I grew up with Tintin , and loved him for his courage and intelligence, but in this book he acted like a racist animal hating jerk.I don't know whether Harge was a hardcore racist or just a product of his time, but this is the only book where he let me down. Other than this one, I'm a die hard Tintin fan and consider Harge as one of the best cartoonists of all times.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mohammed Abdi Osman

    Looks better artwise than the first volume but its a very weird book and not because of outdated,racist look on Africa. The treatment of the animals,the callaous way they are destroyed,the great white hunter thing disturbed me the most. Tintin was my childhood hero when i read the series but the first two volumes are not fun,the Tintin everyone knowns.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Nandakishore Varma

    Tintin at his racist best. I think this book has been pulled from publication everywhere.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tintin

    Awkward to have such a moment archived.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dr Rashmit Mishra

    The last time I read this book I was fairly young and didn't have much of a moral code so reading it this time I come to realise how fairly despicable this book was and how it portrayed Tintin doing everything that I believe to be wrong From treating the natives of Congo as an inferior species , to treating them as slaves and then killing animals who were fairly innocent and then showing no remorse whatsoever for his action Granted the book belonged in a time period that believed in the darker to The last time I read this book I was fairly young and didn't have much of a moral code so reading it this time I come to realise how fairly despicable this book was and how it portrayed Tintin doing everything that I believe to be wrong From treating the natives of Congo as an inferior species , to treating them as slaves and then killing animals who were fairly innocent and then showing no remorse whatsoever for his action Granted the book belonged in a time period that believed in the darker tone of skin being nothing more than slaves and that believed hunting animals was good sport and as I mentioned earlier I myself as a child reading this never thought the events to be anything wrong . And yet now things have changed both for me personally and as per my beliefs also for this world and hence this book simply comes across as a sheer disappointment and a stain in one of my childhood idols face This re-read has guaranteed that I won't ever read or recommend this particular book In the Tintin series to anyone and hope that the memory of this book stays erased . At the same time I am scared to read the next books in the series in fear of finding other disturbing things and in so tainting my childhood further

  19. 5 out of 5

    Coenraad

    This Tintin adventure has become notorious because of the horribly stereotypical depiction of Africa. Everything about it indicates its cartoon nature: the ideology is outdated and shocking to modern readers, the action / violence easy and over very quickly with hardly any consequences, the links between episodes too tenuous, and most episodes deal either with encounters with African animals or the baddie who wants to bump Tintin off. Not an excellent example of Hergé's art - later adventures ha This Tintin adventure has become notorious because of the horribly stereotypical depiction of Africa. Everything about it indicates its cartoon nature: the ideology is outdated and shocking to modern readers, the action / violence easy and over very quickly with hardly any consequences, the links between episodes too tenuous, and most episodes deal either with encounters with African animals or the baddie who wants to bump Tintin off. Not an excellent example of Hergé's art - later adventures have more depth and authenticity. The English translation gives Snowy some wonderfully funny asides. The main reason one has to read this book is to see how much attitudes to people other than ourselves (whoever the 'our' may be) have changed. Hierdie vroeë Kuifie-avontuur is kru omdat die uitbeelding van Afrika op gruwelike stereotipes gebaseer is. Die rassisme en argelose doodmaak van diere, saam met die vlak, episodiese verhaal, maak dat hierdie boek nie 'n essensiële aflewering in die Kuifie-reeks is nie. Tog is dit op ideologiese vlak interessant - as 'n mens dit vanuit hierdie hoek benader, is die teks aandag werd.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John

    I had to read this in French, because it has been banned in English. There seems to be a move to ban it in French as well. Here's an article in French about how they're trying to ban it in Belgium: http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article... I'm definitely opposed to banning books simply because their opinions are out of fashion - this one was written in 1930 and has a very very patronising view of African people. However in 1930 it wasn't a work of evil, and it should not be considered one today. How I had to read this in French, because it has been banned in English. There seems to be a move to ban it in French as well. Here's an article in French about how they're trying to ban it in Belgium: http://www.lemonde.fr/culture/article... I'm definitely opposed to banning books simply because their opinions are out of fashion - this one was written in 1930 and has a very very patronising view of African people. However in 1930 it wasn't a work of evil, and it should not be considered one today. However, having spoken in the book's defence, it really is a pretty crappy story. "Tartarin de Tarascon" was written in 1872 and has a much more realistic view of Africa than "Tintin au Congo". I'm a big fan of Tintin because he has cool adventures in interesting parts of the world, but I just found the entire book to be silly, and it was a proper pain to read it. In summary: this book should be available for you to choose not to read.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Borthwick

    It's not that this is one star dreck, it's more that I know what Herge was capable of and while the art is excellent, the story is utter rubbish - even ignoring the racism and animal cruelty - they catch the villains and then there's ten pages spent hunting animals to finish. We never revisit the village, so many plot points ignored and it's literally just wandering around finding animals and running away from them. It is a fascinating time capsule of a book, even this sanitised English translat It's not that this is one star dreck, it's more that I know what Herge was capable of and while the art is excellent, the story is utter rubbish - even ignoring the racism and animal cruelty - they catch the villains and then there's ten pages spent hunting animals to finish. We never revisit the village, so many plot points ignored and it's literally just wandering around finding animals and running away from them. It is a fascinating time capsule of a book, even this sanitised English translation but that is about all it has going for it. My rankings: 1) Tintin in the Congo - rubbish story, early work, only time this will be on top.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    The second of the Tintin adventures this one, like the first, is one I never read as a child. And I'm glad I didn't. Not political like the first one this volume is set in the Belgian Congo as it was known at the time. It is full of white European Imperialist ideas and beliefs. The native Africans are depicted with racist stereotypes and cruelty to animals abound. I see lots of 4 and 5 star "reviews" but I doubt those people have actually sat down and read this properly. Or at all. Thankfully the The second of the Tintin adventures this one, like the first, is one I never read as a child. And I'm glad I didn't. Not political like the first one this volume is set in the Belgian Congo as it was known at the time. It is full of white European Imperialist ideas and beliefs. The native Africans are depicted with racist stereotypes and cruelty to animals abound. I see lots of 4 and 5 star "reviews" but I doubt those people have actually sat down and read this properly. Or at all. Thankfully the next volume is the start of the newer version of Tintin and hopefully they'll get more enjoyable.

  23. 4 out of 5

    C.

    This is definitely one of the crappier Tintins. Quite apart from the rampant racism (context be damned, it's positively revolting) it's fragmentary and episodic in the extreme. Just as you think that he's disposed of the bad guy, he pops back up again and suddenly Tintin is running again. And there's a crocodile involved somewhere, and a kindly missionary (or was the missionary the bad guy?) and at one stage the Congolese tribe ends up worshipping Milou. Um. However, it was interesting to read th This is definitely one of the crappier Tintins. Quite apart from the rampant racism (context be damned, it's positively revolting) it's fragmentary and episodic in the extreme. Just as you think that he's disposed of the bad guy, he pops back up again and suddenly Tintin is running again. And there's a crocodile involved somewhere, and a kindly missionary (or was the missionary the bad guy?) and at one stage the Congolese tribe ends up worshipping Milou. Um. However, it was interesting to read the parts in Creole.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Anna Kļaviņa

    I'm not familiar with the Tintin series and Tintin in the Congo is my first introduction with the series. I purposely choose the most infamous volume to read, to see is it as bad as it is said to be. It is. The racism, the white man superiority and careless attitude towards animals is distasteful however, I've heard, other volumes are much better and I might read one for Kaito in the future.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amalie

    The Fans of Tintin series know about the painstaking research Herge had done while composing the world around Tintin. Tintin books are well-known for their accuracy and detail of the environments. In this light, Tintin's Congo journey is pretty disturbing. What is worse, before this was published as a book, a Belgian newspaper in the 1930s had included this in its children's section. Perhaps today, this can be used as an interesting document to teach young people about Eurocentric racism and Col The Fans of Tintin series know about the painstaking research Herge had done while composing the world around Tintin. Tintin books are well-known for their accuracy and detail of the environments. In this light, Tintin's Congo journey is pretty disturbing. What is worse, before this was published as a book, a Belgian newspaper in the 1930s had included this in its children's section. Perhaps today, this can be used as an interesting document to teach young people about Eurocentric racism and Colonialism during a dark period of the history. What most people may not be aware of is that, Hergé himself had admitted that he depicted the African people according to the colonial attitudes of the time. Whatever his intention was, of course, today we find it pretty offensive.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tetty Marlinda

    #18 for 2018 Genre: Comic

  27. 4 out of 5

    Dan

    Such vile, complete, and deeply degrading racism. I can't believe I grew up in a culture that "innocently" circulates and even celebrates such shit.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Malvika

    I read Tintin for only one purpose: the nostalgia it brings and nothing more. Like his other works, but even more so in this one, Herge's racist attitude towards anyone who is not a white-skinned person from the European continent is apparent in Tintin in the Congo. Racism, hunting, stereotypes are abundant in this book. But, hey, I am only reading it for the nostalgia.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    This is the one Tintin book I haven't read or seen on TV (Has anyone seen Adventures of Tintin here? My brother and I used to watch it after school when we were kids). A friend recently mentioned it to me and apparently there was this big issue about the glorification of hunting animals in this book. So naturally, I had to read it. Well, what can I say? I was shocked with the scene where Tintin (view spoiler)[blows up a rhinoceros! Yes, he inserts dynamite into a rhino's tusk (?) and he also mur This is the one Tintin book I haven't read or seen on TV (Has anyone seen Adventures of Tintin here? My brother and I used to watch it after school when we were kids). A friend recently mentioned it to me and apparently there was this big issue about the glorification of hunting animals in this book. So naturally, I had to read it. Well, what can I say? I was shocked with the scene where Tintin (view spoiler)[blows up a rhinoceros! Yes, he inserts dynamite into a rhino's tusk (?) and he also murders a bunch of antelopes (which was done in a tasteless way, where Tintin was wondering why he hasn't shot anything after 12 shots, and then realizes he's murdered an entire herd); he also jams a gun in between a crocodile's jaws, and then kills and skins a gorilla/monkey and then wears the skin, and then he hunts an elephant and then CUT scene--to Tintin carrying the tusks! (hide spoiler)] Truly appalling. Needless to say--this isn't the Tintin of my childhood. The comedy with Snowy is also rather cheesy. The scene with the parrot on the ship, with the snake... The story is all over the place, but maybe this is due to the way it was originally published in short segments in a newspaper. It did have a villain, but one with no believable/compelling motivation whatsoever (view spoiler)[(witch doctor doesn't want to lose influence over the natives due to the arrival of superior white man whom they consider a savior?) and then in the end Al Capone is trying to get in on the diamond mining in the Congo? (hide spoiler)] The book is also incredibly racist; Herge had the Congolese speak in broken English and basically Tintin is the white savior--they even carry him on a throne-like chair thing. In the end, the tribe seems to be worshiping the likeness of Tintin (and Snowy). I'm aware that Herge was young when he wrote this and wanted to present Africa as this exotic place for big-game hunting, and he had to write it to promote missionary work in the Congo, but it seems he chose to ignore the atrocities done to the Congolese in the rubber plantations. However, it was still interesting to read this as a reflection of what some Belgian people, and perhaps other Europeans, thought of Africa and colonization at the time. I wish I was aware of this back in grad school so I could've done a paper on this for my post-colonialism theory class. It would've been fun dissecting this although Wide Sargasso Sea was fun too.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Meepelous

    Racism, imperialism, questionable big game hunting practices and publishers apology for all those things aside this is a pretty shit book. As far as the art goes, while the basic style is the same as all the other Tintin comics I've read, Herge only seemed able to draw a couple different kinds of people. So a lot of the characters end up looking the same with very minor differences. The characters are also pretty flat and lackluster in this story. Missing are most of the people that I've come to Racism, imperialism, questionable big game hunting practices and publishers apology for all those things aside this is a pretty shit book. As far as the art goes, while the basic style is the same as all the other Tintin comics I've read, Herge only seemed able to draw a couple different kinds of people. So a lot of the characters end up looking the same with very minor differences. The characters are also pretty flat and lackluster in this story. Missing are most of the people that I've come to associate with Tintin. Everyone who was there instead filled rather cliche and stereotypical rolls. Even Tintin himself is completely devoid of any character, serving only as a Gary Stew type character for readers to live out their childish dreams through. Moving along to the story, much like the characters the plot of this particular volume was extremely formulaic and cliche. I think Herge might have printed off a list of events that happen in boy's adventures stories set in Africa. With Tintin effortlessly traipsing through hazard after potentially thrilling hazard, everyone inexplicably knows who Tintin is and much like in Ben Hur the other characters immediately wonder at seeing such a person as the main character! While never (as I recall anyway) quite progressive, this early book does mark a rather low point for Herge. Of course, as the publisher duely notes, these ideas were very common for the time so we really shouldn't hold it against him. Or should we? I mean a freaking monkey speaks better English then the Congo natives! But really, I have no answer for this. I was a bit flummoxed as to why my library system seemed to have so very many copies of this book, not only because of its painfully outdated attitudes and lack of skill, but also because the publisher has done a very good job of practically erasing it from the Tintin mythos. Having read a majority of the Tintin books growing up I only recently discovered that this and The Land of the Soviets even existed. I think it's probably unwise to completely ignore the way things used to be. Especially because sometimes we really aren't all that different... Ultimately, as a privileged person, I do feel like this historical artifact of attitudes gone by did teach me more about the kinds of people we used to be, which obviously helps develop me into a more conscientious and thoughtful person in the future.

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