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Product Details

  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Black Classic Press, Inprint Editions (June 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580730337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580730334
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,588,751 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

A playfully postmodern novel of ideas centers around the enduringly popular French cartoon character.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

For years, Belgian artist Herge's comic book series, The Adventures of Tintin , has delighted children--and adults--with its meticulously drawn and brilliantly colored cartoons, exciting stories, slapstick humor, and memorable and eccentric characters. Now on the tenth anniversary of Herge's death, novelist Tuten ( The Adventures of Mao on the Long March , LJ 12/1/71; Tallien , LJ 3/15/88) has reimagined the Tintin tale. A mysterious letter summons our intrepid boy-reporter and his trusty companions--Snowy, the little white terrier with a mind of his own, and the hard-drinking Captain Haddock--to the Inca city of Machu Picchu in Peru where they meet Clavdia Chauchat, Herr Peeperkorn and several other characters from Thomas Mann's classic novel, The Magic Mountain. Tintin falls in love, has his first sexual affair, and engages in endless philosophical and intellectual discussions. Fans of the original Herge books will find this a pretentious bore, an example of the kind of pomposity Herge loved to mock. Most libraries can pass; save your money for the real thing. --Wilda Williams, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Customer Reviews

The writing is not worth the paper it is written on.
Az Kayhan
Being the fool that I am, I kept reading thinking it would get better, it didn't.
"tintinrulz"
First off, this book is simply off the wall, without any apparent artistic merit.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

32 of 39 people found the following review helpful By A. Ross HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
One of the more pretentious novels I've read in quite a while, this postmodern pastiche of German writer Thomas Mann's novel The Magic Mountain and the popular comic character Tintin is likely to leave fans of both exceedingly disappointed, and general readers bored to death. Basically, Tuten (who was a friend of Tintin's creator, Hergé) started with the notion that the man-boy reporter remained essentially emotionally immature and shallow over the course of his twenty or so adventures. So, he places Tintin, Snowy, and Captain Haddock in Macchu Picchu with a number of characters from The Magic Mountain and has them talk at each other endlessly. The book is subtitled "A Romance", presumably because in it, Tintin falls in love for the first time. There's also an overarching thread where Tintin is apparently supposed to play some role as prophet. The problem is that Tuten is attempting to play with the idea of Tintin as a "real" man, with anger, lust, disillusionment, etc. but the entire book is absolutely stagey, talky, and unreal. Most of it reads like a bad play, with endless monologues in language not heard in at least half a century. It's an interesting idea transformed into a very dull book-an experiment that wouldn't have merited a second look from any editor had it not been for the Tintin affiliation.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Stone Junction on May 24, 2001
Format: Paperback
An updating of the TINTIN mythos would seem to be an ideal subject for a novel. After all, Tintin, in his cartoon incarnation, has always been the consummate adventurer, traveling the world in search of criminal activities, international intrigue, and bizarre villains. His stories should be required reading for the young, and the opportunity to visit Tintin in a new format is well nigh irresistible.
What a disappointment, then, that TINTIN IN THE NEW WORLD is less than enthralling. Frederic Tuten has presented the reader with a conflicted Tintin, a confused man-boy who has so far been unable to grow as a person. While this dilemma is always an interesting literary path, Tuten, despite a true talent for a well-turned phrase, cannot bring all the elements together to a cohesive whole.
The story begins as Tintin, along with his faithful dog Snowy and his old companion Captain Haddock, is sent to Machu Picchu on a vaguely defined mission. Once there, they meet several characters from author Thomas Mann's THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN. (Not having read MOUNTAIN, I cannot comment on Tuten's reinterpretation, but they do seem to be a deeply enlightened group of people) Tintin then begins a journey he has never traveled before, a trek into self-enlightenment, as he finds himself falling in love, taking a life, and becoming a being who is 'more' than he was.
Clearly, this is not the Tintin of old. Tuten has reinvented him as a classically tortured soul, desperate to find the meaning behind his exploits. But Tuten never finds an acceptable middle ground between the old and the new. He counts on the reader having a previous knowledge of Tintin, rather than coming upon the novel uninformed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Peter O. on December 21, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
Though there seems to be a rift between people who appreciate this book (as I do) and those who had hoped it would be an Adventures of Tintin novel, I happen to love them both. Embarrassingly enough, I did not realize the other characters were lifted from The Magic Mountain, but that's a testament to the fact that I didn't need to. I was a comic book kid, and always particularly savored Tintin- the Tintin albums fed my wanderlust and my romanticized notions about foreign lands, and I also thought he was a cool kid. I still do. In this novel, Tintin is a man. Probably an amalgam of Tintin and Tuten, who knows. He has flaws, figures things out the hard way. I cringed in pity at parts, cheered him on just like I did the old Tintin. Can't wait to see the movie in a few weeks, and to see yet another interpretation.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By na7776@worldnet.att.net on September 6, 1997
Format: Paperback
Frederic Tuten's Tintin in the New World is a glittering conceit glistening with pretension. Tintin, according to the back cover, "has never charted the restless geography of his own mind." Well, Tuten doesn't start now. Like a postmodern Columbus, the author sets sail for Tintin's mental geography but plants his flag in another territory altogether: the posturing world of the New Novel. By way, of course, of Thomas Mann's Der Zauberberg, whose borrowed characters cannot infuse much real magic into Tuten's depredating attempts to fuse real with unreal. The conceit, as I called it, is winning: Tintin and his boon companions Haddock and Snowy find themselves in South America, awaiting further instructions at a mountaintop resort where are also found characters Herge, Tintin's creator, would have loved: the enigmatic Claudia, fat-cat businessmen, and an arguing pair of pedants who become a politicalized Dupond et Dupont.
With this confrontation, Tuten attempts to draw shake Tintin's placid, upper-class lifestyle, to finally decide if this "blond elf" is boy or man.
Alas, he falls short, beginning with the way in which Tintin finally exits childhood and innocence: he gets laid, leading to a breathtakingly long fantasy of Tintin's future life with Claudia, and his decline. Poor Tuten. He approaches the pitfalls of Tintin's growing up with little of the subtle humor and skill of Herge's comic. The now-pubescent Tintin broods, undergoes physical changes, lashes out at Peeperkorn's descriptions of Claudia's frivolities, and murders him: an act which is far more indicative of the losses of innocence and conscience of growing up than sex. Alas, Tuten handles Tintin with too much seriousness.
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