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Pretentious, but even worse, boring!,
This review is from: Tintin in the New World (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.