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TINTIN: COMPLETE COMPANION Paperback – February 25, 2015
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To start with, note that "Tintin - The Complete Companion" is the English version of a book that, as far as I can determine, was published simultaneously in both English and French ("Tintin, le rêve et la réalité: L'histoire de la création des aventures de Tintin"). Michael Farr is bilingual and I'm guessing (although I don't know for sure) that the two versions are somewhat different. The English version, which I'm reviewing, is primarily focused on discussing the English editions of the Tintin books.
Following a 2-page Introduction the remainder of this book consists of 21 very detailed chapters, each of which discusses a single Tintin adventure. As three of the Tintin adventures are published as a pair of books this implies that all 24 of the Tintin books, from "Tintin in the Land of the Soviets" to "Tintin and Alph-Art" (the final unfinished adventure), are covered.
The amount of detail is incredible. Each chapter averages 10 pages, and although there are a lot of pictures and photographs from the Tintin books and other sources, there is also a lot of text.
The following material is present, and often very detailed:
- A synopsis of each story.
- Information about the historical background for each story, for example the Japan-China war, the build-up to WW II, WW II itself (a period of Tintin escapist stories), the Cold War, etc.Read more ›
It is only after reading this I have realised how accurate Herge was with his subject matter. Again and again you suddenly realise that all the backing images, all the characters are founded on intricate real detail and people to create authenticity.
Quite simply, any fan of Tintin must read this book. It supplies answers to questions you'd never think of and opens you to a whole new side of the hero and his creator.
Contains detailed background on each and every title that Herge published upto the unfinished 'Alph Art'. Contains several sketches and reference photographs the artist used. You live through the mind of Herge, the times and his efforts. How carefully he chooses realism, timely topics and authenticity to spin those wonderful tales of Tintin! It is fascinating to go behind the scenes of the favourite stories. contains tons of information.
This ought to serve as a wonderful reference for artists.
If you are a diehard fan of Tintin & Herge, this book is a must! Great paper quality & print too!
The minor downside is that Farr writes from an unabashed fan's position, and at times he's a little overenthusiastic, repeating certain information. He's also very intent on explaining away the more unpleasant episodes in Hergé's life, such as his working for (some use the term "collaboration") with a German run newspaper during the Nazi occupation of Belgium, or his divorcing his wife after twenty years to take up with a much younger woman, and so forth. One wishes that he'd spent less space as an apologist for Hergé's human failings and done a little more analysis of the stories.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Moving on to another author-illustrator, we come to a protagonist whose province is a good deal wider than Mr. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Glenn J. Shea
I am a Tintin fun. I love Tintin very much. It makes me a happy childhood. So I bought a whole set of it. The price is low.Published on October 30, 2013 by zuojun liu
great companion for Tintin readers. Farr brings to life Herge's motivations and the many real life sources for the series.Published on June 30, 2013 by Neil Glasser
I got this as gift for my sister in-law and being the fan that she is it was so worth it for her reaction.Published on May 16, 2013 by Shadow Fox
This booklet of Tintin met my expectations. It comes in hard copy and I recommend it for the worldwide fans, as myself.Published on April 14, 2013 by Rafael Neto
This book is awesome! The best part about it is it tells you all the details about all of the artist's inspirations. Really, a five star Tintin book.Published on December 18, 2012 by PJ
This book is everything a collector or fan of the Tin Tin books could want. Fascinating process of the author, each book, history's impact on the story lines. Read morePublished on April 5, 2012 by Uriel Dana
As a life-long Tintin fan (I always wanted to be just like him - and own a raincoat just like his), "Tintin: The Complete Companion" is a fantastic publication. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by TS555