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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Series: Asterix
  • Paperback: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; Export Ed edition (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752866486
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752866482
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.2 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #203,810 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames.—THE TIMES

A cartoon drawn with such supreme artistry, and a text layered with such glorious wordplay, satire and historical and political allusion that no reader should ever feel like they've outgrown it.—TIME OUT

About the Author

Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. ASTERIX THE GAUL, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 35 Asterix albums.

Customer Reviews

They're really much lighter sketches.
Straight Up Sam
If you are new to the series, or are already a fan and haven't read this particular adventure, I highly recommend it.
Peter R.
Another fascinating adventure by Asterix and Obelix!
Jose Montero Venegas

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
The Great Crossing is definitely my favorite episode, the image of Asterix as the Statue of Liberty is just amazing. If you've never read Asterix, this is maybe the episode to start with.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gary Selikow on July 15, 2002
Format: Paperback
First published in French in 1975 as La Grande Traversée, it was first published in English in 1976.
Asterix and Obelix volunteer to go fishing, as Getafix needs fresh fish, which Unhigienix, the fishmonger, as usual, cannot provide.
Stormy weather blows them to a strange destination where they meet up with a strange people who they cannot quite identify (of course we have the benefit of hindsight and know that this is America and these people are Native Americans.) Before the end of the voyage they also get to run into Vikings (A slightly different breed it seems, to those we met in `Asterix and the Normans').
As usual our friends voyage to interesting places and upside down. In the Asterix albums we have met parodies of figures such as Boadicea, The Beatles, Napoleon, Laurence Olivier and 007. In this one we get to meet up with a spoof of Harold Wilson, British Prime minister when this book was published.
Of course the theme of food also comes up quite a lot. It seems the authors of the Asterix albums had quite an obsession with food!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on April 12, 2007
Format: Paperback
Rene Goscinny, Asterix and the Great Crossing (Dargaud, 1975)

Getafix is out of fish, and Unhygenix's shipment has been delayed. You wouldn't think this a problem, with our favorite Gaulish village being on the sea and all, but somehow it is, and Asterix and Obelix are off to the rescue again. Except that while they're out fishing, a storm brews up and sends them halfway around the world to a place where the boars have been replaced by "gobblers" and the Romans wear facepaint. Yes, this is the volume upon which Asterix Conquers America is (very loosely) based. Lots of Indians, some Danish vikings (so Goscinny could play with Hamlet, naturally), and the usual mix of punning and mayhem ensue. Another good one. ***
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Peter R. on July 7, 2005
Format: Paperback
I won't write a plot summary here, as many people have already done that, but I will say that this is probably one of the best Asterix adventures out there. Parts of it are laugh-out-loud funny, and the artwork is beautiful. If you are new to the series, or are already a fan and haven't read this particular adventure, I highly recommend it. I have read it about a dozen times myself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Straight Up Sam on December 11, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Another clever, funny and creative classic from R. Goscinny. Every one of the original series (with Goscinny & Uderzo) is a classic and a must read. Some of the references are bit deep and this is not really a book for young kids (although most will enjoy some of the slapstick humor) but the real "juice" is in the puns in the language which are very clever. The artwork too is beautiful, although *some* of the recent paperback editions tend to have some "bleeding" (the ink is outside and offset a bit from the sketches outline). Especially noticed this in the entire Lucky Luke and Tintin collections - a pity because the colors are really rich and the artwork quite splendid, otherwise.

Finally, once you've read the originals, which were all written by Goscinny, you will find the newer stories, which were written by Uderzo after Goscinny had passed away, quite disappointing. The humor is not that clever at all, nor are the plots very elaborate. They're really much lighter sketches. The overall "feel" of the stories by Uderzo are also more modern and less ... enchanting is the best way to put it. I stopped after reading a couple of the new ones and didn't bother with the rest. Whereas, the old series I revisit and re-read and savor each story still. Enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By General Breadbasket on February 4, 2007
Format: Paperback
In Gaul, Getafix needs fish, it's vital for the magic potion they use to fend off the Romans. Unhygenix the fishmonger hates fresh fish, so Obelix and Asterix go exploring on Geriatrix's boat for some. Where will they go?

"The Great Crossing" (1975) is the 22nd Asterix comic, for Dogmatix it's number 18, and it sees Oumpah Pah (a character from a comic by the same guys) make a guest appearance. I really like this one. It's funny, drawn well. Everything to like about Asterix is here.
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Asterix's village has run short of fish and their one fisherman has vanished, boat and all. The chief sends Asterix and Obelix in another boat to catch some fish. They are not natural fishermen (Asterix tells Obelix to throw out the net, which he does without hanging on to it!). A storm comes up and blows them across the Atlantic. They think they've landed in a different part of Gaul, but the locals speak a different language and eat birds that gobble. Things go okay until an accidental betrothal happens. Meanwhile, Danish explorer Hereendethelessen is trying to discover this new world. Or maybe just recite some Hamlet before it's written.

The story is fun but the depiction of the Native Americans includes lots of cliches. That's to be expected in an Asterix story, but I wish they'd given the natives something more than just stereotypes. A fun but not great read.
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By Amr Ibrahim on November 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
I think I had this Asterix comic book, but with another title which is "Asterix Conquers America" but I lost it, that's why I bought it again. As the rest of Uderzo & Goscinny's masterpieces, this adventure has the same fun loaded atmosphere but being taken by our friends to the New World ! ! ! Yes, just a small trip to catch some fresh fish, ended up in Asterix, Obelix & Dogmatix discovering America :D, much to the amazement of Asterix with the new people there, Obelix was so disappointed that he didn't find any boars, just alot of "Gobblers". They also meet some passing by "Vikings" trying to discover a new land ! ! ! ... Great adventure with lots lots of fun as always :D :D :D ...
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