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The Castafiore Emerald (The Adventures of Tintin) Paperback – September 30, 1975
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Captain Haddock is enjoying life on his Marlinspike Hall estate. He loves to walk through the grounds with his friend Tintin. The gypsies, who have been forced to live in a rubbish dump, aren't having such a great time, so the Captain invites them to camp on his estate. It's no trouble, and there's room for everyone. Or so he thinks. Trouble comes when opera singer Bianca Castafiore (first seen in "King Ottokar's Sceptre") comes and pays the Captain a visit. Captain Haddock sprains his ankle on a broken step, and is confined to a wheelchair. People keep calling up the house, thinking it's the butchers. Journalists swarm in, hungry for gossip and scandal. Ms Castafiore sings loudly and smothers the Captain, asking him to dress properly and comb his hair. Mr Wagg adds to the tension, coming to discuss insurance. A television crew come in, the gossip gets worse and finally the Castafiore Emerald, Bianca's prized possession is stolen. Tintin decides to try and find the culprit. The detectives Thomson and Thompson think it's the gypsies, but it could have been one of the freelance journalists. Mr Wagner, Bianca's pianist, has been acting strangely too. Will all things work out right?
By the plot, I can see why I didn't like it so much as a kid, it's a bit more mature age than usual. Its actually quite interesting when you consider Herge's life at the time. He'd just been divorced, and apparently the overwhelming Bianca Castafiore is based a little on his ex-wife.Read more ›
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I needed this one to complete my collection. Not my favorite of the whole output by Herge, but I did enjoyed it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
All the Tintin books are wonderful. I hope my kids pass them along to their kids too.Published 8 months ago by Robert M.
I've been a longtime fan of the TinTin comics. And frankly, The Castafiore Emerald is my favorite volume.
In the last few Tintin adventures the hero and his affable dog Snowy had travelled to the Middle East, Tibet and Central and Eastern Europe. Read morePublished 18 months ago by AliGhaemi
TinTin is the best comic book ever. I read it when I was a kid and still love the storyline and all the charactors.Published on July 30, 2013 by Kindle Customer
Although the plot (the mystery) is mediocre, The Castafiore Emerald merits purchase for Herge's creativity in painting masterful psychological portraits of all the main characters... Read morePublished on July 1, 2012 by Jinkyu