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Asterix and Obelix by Goscinny and Uderzo

Asterix the Legionary by René Goscinny

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

As my mother used to say, I have been running around like a chicken with its head chopped off. As I think I mentioned in a previous post, my father passed away on Easter. I am the executor of my father’s will and I took it upon myself to arrange the funeral, and go through his estate information. My dad was a hoarder so saying this was a nightmare does not adequately describing the blinding headache this experience has been.

All that to say, I haven’t been blogging a whole lot. For the first time in years I haven’t been reading a whole lot either. Goodreads informs me that I am 46 books behind my annual book reading goal, which is actually a hundred books less than last year.

Ah, well. Luckily, graphic novels are not long reads and I’ve always loved illustrated stories. This is part of a link up with Bookstooge and some others who are also reviewing this book. I’m not exactly sure how I link up. Hopefully Sir Bookstooge will help me out.

In the meantime, here’s my review:


Obelix, the big thundering refrigerator (except refrigerators haven’t been invented, yet) can knock whole legions of Roman soldiers into the stratosphere. With his little finger he can collect wild boar for the Gaullist feasts. He fears nothing and no one.

Except a gorgeous woman. Then he’s weak as a kitten.

The name of this beautiful woman is Panacea. I love these names pregnant with tongue in cheek meaning.

Unfortunately, Panacea has a fiancé, Tragicomix (see what I mean?) who has been conscripted into the Roman army and shipped to northern Africa. Obelix is heartbroken, but he is determined to save Tragicomix for the sake of Panacea.

That’s all you have to know, because then it’s the usual formula of Asterix and Obelix beating up Roman soldiers, meeting the pirate ship on their way to Africa and, you guessed it, obliterating all the pirates, eventually retrieving Tragicomix and returning him to his love, Panacea. Before, during and after this adventure, lots of puns, dry wit and very expressive illustrations accompany this basic plot.

No one reads Asterix and Obelix biting their nails, wondering how things are going to work out. We read it for the comic language and illustrations. I wonder if Italians read Asterix and Obelix?

One thing stood out to me. All the characters are so cartoonish and buffoonish in their drawing that Panacea and Tragicomix look almost boring compared to the rest of the cast.

I wrote this as a part of a link up to my blog. I’ve never done this before, so I hope I did it correctly.

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18 thoughts on “Asterix and Obelix by Goscinny and Uderzo

  1. My kids love the A & O books: Getafix, Geriatrix, Vitalstatistix, Unhygienix…I love just reading the names!
    That would be a difficult job – My husband’s grandfather had a shed filled with things like receipts from a service done on his car. It was so old it was framed and given to an historical place in the NZ town he lived in. Hope it doesn’t swamp you for too much longer. X

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  2. Man, that sounds tough! Thankfully my parents moved a couple of years ago so when their time comes they won’t have nearly as much stuff as then. Is the end in sight yet?

    asterix IS very formulaic isn’t it? I didn’t notice it as a kid but reading these as an adult, man, it’s like the authors had a checklist and little roadmap for every book 😀 Thanks for joining in. Alex’s post (which will be a guestpost on my blog) goes up this afternoon and that will link to you, so it’s all good!

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    1. As a kid I lived in Germany and would “read” then A&O books. There were in German, so I basically looked at the illustrations. As an adult I discovered the English translations and it felt like uncovering “the code”.

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    2. Hi Bookstooge! Thanks for the pingback. Actually I need to go back and create a link with your name so people can check out your blog, since it’s very worth it.
      A&O is formulaic, but, hey! Who cares? It’s kind of like a theme and variations.

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      1. Yeah, A&O seems to be good once a month for me. Any more and I’d get sick of the formula. After this year I might have to space them out further (2 months instead of 1) but that’s next year’s problem, hahhaa.

        Thank you. I’m always a fan of linking around to people 😀


  3. Sorry to hear about all your recent difficult experiences. But on a positive note, I’m glad to see you reading and enjoying Asterix. I enjoyed some of these as a kid but haven’t read any since then. One day I’ll have to ask my brother if he still has any of the volumes he’d collected from back then.

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    1. Hi Todd. I wish I still had the ones in German, but of course, we never think to save stuff. Anyway, we can’t hoard everything. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing more of your photos.


  4. Sharon I think when we lose someone close there is so much to see to do. It can be quite overwhelming deciding what needs to be kept, given away or tossed. That kind of work is not only backbreaking…it is stressful and very challenging. I do so understand just having been through it with my folks and still not finished completely. Sorry you are dealing with it too. Glad to see though you are finding time to visit and post and do some reading. Take care friend. Hugs!


  5. Hi Sharon, I was thrilled to read your review. For some reason your new blog doesn’t feed through to my blogroll on my old blog (where I keep track of people and posts!) even though I’ve added it, so I have to keep remembering to come over and visit. However I’ve been rather quiet lately and visiting few blogs.

    Did you find A&O similar to Tin Tin? I suspect so, but I’m curious.

    Also, did you find Ruth’s new blog? She’s had some interesting posts (including her newest) and you always have such great observations so I’ll leave her link here:

    Hope you’re doing well!! Take care!

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    1. Hi Cleo. Sorry to take so long in answering. I haven’t been online lately. So much is going on in my life, both with deaths in my family and personal illness and other misfortunes. Even now, I’m recovering from shingles in my eye and am squinting at the screen to read and write. I know Ruth has a new blog and I haven’t visited in a really long time, which I hate because she has a great blog.
      A&O and Tin Tin, other than both being graphic novels, have little in common in my opinion. They each have their own brand of humor, but while A&O is just goofy and silly, TinTin will have an actual mystery, with Tin Tin’s sidekick, Captain Haddock, who has a drinking problem which is used to humorous effect, is mostly the source of humor, plus a few other characters.

      I read both in Spanish and French, mainly to increase my language skills.

      Hope you’re doing well. Hope it’s not as hot in BC as it is here. We’re averaging 100 degree weather. I now have three dogs (which I’ll write about later) and no yard, so I have to take them walking a lot and have to shower every time we come in. Something I just did (take them walking) and what I’m about to do after answering you and Ruith’s comments (shower).

      All the best to you!


  6. Hey, Sharon, I was wondering where you’ve been, and then look how long it’s taken me to check out your latest post from almost a month ago! I guess I’ve been MIA, too. But you have good reason.

    So first of all, I feel totally left out because I’ve NEVER even heard of these books. Then again, I’ve not read many graphic novels in my day. Actually only recently I have read a few, and they were so bad.

    Second, I’ve never visited Bookstooge’s blog before, but I agree it is definitely worth it.

    Finally, thanks Cleo for the mention! LOL! I’m always making a racket.

    Hope all the particulars of your responsibilities work out well.


  7. Hi Ruth! Thanks for visiting and I apologize for taking so long to write back. This year I’m really struggling to keep a presence online. You can my response to Cleo for the reasons. Also, I’ve been sick a lot. The shingles is only the latest illness.

    I’m not a huge fan of the graphic novel, but, as I told Cleo, it helps with increasing my language skills in French and Spanish. I’ve even begun reading the Bible in Italian. It’s close enough to Spanish and I’m familiar enough with Scripture that I can figure most of the words out.

    Take care!


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