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Red Rackham's Treasure (The Adventures of Tintin) Paperback – June 30, 1974

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Book 12 of 25 in the Tintin Series

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Concluding the story begun in The Secret of the Unicorn, Red Rackham's Treasure follows Tintin and friends as they search for the pirate booty procured by Captain Haddock's ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock, in the West Indies. They receive some unexpected help in the form of a hard-of-hearing inventor named Professor Calculus, who would go on to become one of the most endearing characters of the series. (Herge admitted that the character was one "whom I never suspected would take on such importance.") It's a lot of fun, with some submarine and diving adventures, humor from the Thompsons, and an unexpected (but satisfying) ending. --David Horiuchi

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The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn: Synopsis

The Adventures of Tintin: Secret of the Unicorn is the first in the series of 3D motion capture films based on the iconic character created by Georges Remi, better known to the world by his pen name, Herge, and is due for release in 2011. The film stars Jamie Bell as Tintin, the intrepid young reporter whose relentless pursuit of a good story thrusts him into a world of high adventure, and Daniel Craig as the nefarious Red Rackham. Bell and Craig are joined by an international cast that includes Andy Serkis, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Gad Elmaleh, Toby Jones and Mackenzie Crook.

The Adventures of Tintin (also known as The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn[4] in the United Kingdom) is a 2011 American performance capture 3D film based on The Adventures of Tintin, a series of comic books created by Belgian artist Hergé (Georges Remi). Directed by Steven Spielberg, produced by Peter Jackson, and written by Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish, the film is based on three of the original comic books: The Crab with the Golden Claws (1941), The Secret of the Unicorn (1943), and Red Rackham's Treasure (1944).[5] Spielberg first acquired rights to produce a film based upon the Adventures of Tintin series following Hergé's death in 1983, and re-optioned them in 2002. Filming was due to begin in October 2008 for a 2010 release, but release was delayed to 2011 after Universal opted out of producing the film with Paramount, who provided $30 million on pre-production. Sony chose to co-produce the films. The delay resulted in Thomas Sangster, who had been cast as Tintin, departing from the project. Producer Peter Jackson, whose company Weta Digital is providing the computer animation, intends to direct a sequel. Spielberg and Jackson also hope to co-direct a third film.[6] --Wikipedia --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 3 and up
  • Series: The Adventures of Tintin: Original Classic
  • Paperback: 62 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (June 30, 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316358347
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316358347
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hergé, one of the most famous Belgians in the world, was a comics writer and artist. The internationally successful Adventures of Tintin are his most well-known and beloved works. They have been translated into 38 different languages and have inspired such legends as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. He wrote and illustrated for "The Adventures of Tintin" until his death in 1983.

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By ilmk on February 18, 2002
Format: Paperback
Tintin is great. I never tire of re-reading him.
Red Rackham's Treasure sees our erstwhile hero gallivanting off with Snowy, Captain Haddock and the Thompson Twins after the adventures outlined in "Secret of the Unicorn'. In this book we are introduced to the absent-minded Professor Calculus - it's always great to see how the drawing of characters change after a couple of adventures! - and his amazing shark submarine. Suffice it to say, deep-sea diving, bottles of rum, the odd shark, all lead to the golden treasure in a most unexpected place.
Everyone should read Tintin and this adventure is one of the best.
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When I was a child, my grandparents had this at their home - part of a large children's book collection. I remember reading and rereading this book. As a child I loved everything about it. The wonderful art made me want to see each page time and again. Well worth it.
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Back in India, the magazine The Week used to publish a single page of each Tintin book, one week at a time in the Eighties. And I used to collect them as soon as my parents had finished reading the magazine, and bind them up. The first in that series was Red Rackham's Treasure. Painfully slow way of reading a comic book, but that was still better than not readiing it.

Looking back, I can only remember those times wistfully and fondly. Tintin showed me the true meaning of adventure. I was always wild eyed with admiration and imagined myself having a dog just like Snowy. And at the time, the hints of racism (like the overtly thick lips of Africans, or the stereotypical portrayal of Indians/South Americans/Asians, even at the time it was drawn) that was portrayed in these books completely went unnoticed by me. I was too naive and a complete fan of the hero - as there were a lot of goodness in him.

Inspite of all that - it was a colorful window to the wonderful world outside my hometown, even if it was quite a bit outdated. In this book's case, it is the wonderful world of underwater exploration.

Highly recommended - just like the rest of the series.
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Tintin is a legendary character and this is one of his best adventures ever. It is just breathtaking, funny as usual and full of thrill. This is a must for any comics lover. God Bless you Herge.
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By A Customer on April 2, 1999
Format: Paperback
Belgian writer Hergé (real name Georges Rémi) has done it again. The second of a 2 part story, Tintin and Haddock are setting out to sea, but will they actually find gold? This is the ep where we first meet Calculus.
My favorite Tintin story, we learn a great deal about Capt. Haddock's family, and see how Haddock gets Marlinspike Hall and even the treasure in the end! ^_^
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Seriously this is the biggest book I have even seen, read or owned! ( This review is of the very large edition)

This book is unusually large, close to *Twice* the size of the original standard(large) sized editions. Beautifully bound, and very sturdy book. The pages inside are crispy matt-textured, bringing out the colors and ink drawings vividly. The print is sharp, and appears original size.(I expected it to be some what magnified, but perhaps this was the size the drawings were made originally by the artists[yes there were more than Herge..notabale among them being Edward Jacobs who did those splendid renderings of ships, planes and other realistic props] and shrunk for print in the earlier editions).

The story of course is one of the best, and a favorite of many, including me. The thrilling drama, with colorful events, the long sea voyage, and eventual climax of the treasure are the hallmark of Herge, the master story teller. The reason why close to quarter billion copies of his works have been sold since first published.

My personal opinion of this edition is, it is perhaps similar to several curious artifacts that appear in the adventure series itself.. like the model sailboat, Arumbaya statue, the hull of the Unicorn and so on. A great book to have, hold and feel (and perhaps take a deep breath, draw in the fresh smell and its Ok if you plant a kiss too). As far as this being a book to be read, it is surprisingly very comfortable to hold and read, in spite of the size!. The large font size is so easy on the eyes, and so are the gorgeous drawings..coming to life in life size!

If you have grown on Tintin, then there is no choice but to buy this. I *had* to do it, in spite of an embargo on adding to my unmanageable collection of books. And what a jewel in the crown this is!
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By A Customer on January 18, 1999
Format: Paperback
Tintin.Captain Haddock,Thomson,Thompson And Calculus Embark On A Journey On The SIRIUS To Find Red Rackham's Treasure This Book Has A Lot Of Funny Parts In It So I Think All Of The Tintin Readers Should Read It
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In the previous volume Tintin and Captain Haddock put together a 200 year old mystery left by Haddock's ancestor, Sir Francis Haddock. Now they are off to recover Red Rackham's Treasure. But Max Bird, the antiques dealer turned criminal, has escaped from prison. Will he make an appearance?

This was my favorite book when I was younger and Captain Haddock was my favorite character. This is a little disturbing because the captain is an alcoholic. At least he gets liver disease in this one, so it isn't totally glamorized. This is still a great comic to read as an adult. There is slapstick for kids, but also much more complex humor for adults. Even though this is the followup to The Secret of the Unicorn and builds from that plot, Red Rackham's Treasure makes sense and holds together read by itself. If you are going to get just one Tintin book it should be this (my favorite) or The Blue Lotus (very good for history so many prefer it).
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