- 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; American Edition edition (September 30, 1975)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0316358401
- ISBN-13: 978-0316358408
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.2 x 11.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 39 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,348 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Seven Crystal Balls (The Adventures of Tintin) Paperback – September 30, 1975
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The Seven Crystal Balls begins on a light note, as Captain Haddock tries to adjust to his new life as a gentleman following the events of Red Rackham's Treasure. He wears a monocle and frequents the music hall, where in a not-unusual coincidence he and Tintin happen to find General Alcazar (The Broken Ear) and the dreaded diva Bianca Castafiore. However, it's the act of fakir Ragdalam with Madame Yamilah, the amazing clairvoyante, that reveals the central adventure: the scientists excavating the tomb of Racar Capac have incurred the curse of the Inca. Despite the efforts of bungling detectives Thompson ("With a P, as in Philadelphia") and Thomson ("Without a P, as in Venezuela"), the explorers are stricken, and one of Tintin's closest friends disappears mysteriously, leading to a trip to Peru in the second part, Prisoners of the Sun. --David Horiuchi
About the Author
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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However, if you're new to Tin Tin and Snowy, start collecting from the beginning with Tin Tin in Russia. It's a little different than the rest but will get you off on the right foot.
Attending a variety performance at a theater, Tintin and a newly countrified Captain Haddock watch a clairvoyant Indian women performing under a trance. She suddenly describes a vision of horror that has diverted her from her performance. What is going on with those seven explorers, including Tintin's old friend Professor Cantonneau, who have returned to Europe after exploring Inca tombs? They begin to fall into comas and experience visions of being tortured. Modern Europe, with its police and medical science, is incapable of dealing with the powers of a more primitive time. It takes someone greater, but Tintin is always around.
Professor Calculus is kidnapped after his friend Professor Tarragon, the last unaffected explorer, goes into a coma. This ensures that Captain Haddock and Tintin will be involved to the fullest. Also worked into the plot is General Alcazar, Tintin's old friend from San Theodoros, who he had stumbled on when trying to unravel a different mystery in "The Broken Ear." (But the reader wonders why he greets Tintin as a friend, for their previous encounter had ended in the General's men chasing after Tintin because someone had falsely told Alcazar that Tintin was a spy.) Alcazar goes by the name "Ramon Zarate" as a knife thrower who was a performer at the theater event referred to above. But his inclusion has a much more important element.
"The Seven Crystal Balls" has the single-most embarrassing moment for Captain Haddock resulting from a klutzy act, as well as the usual goofery of Thomson and Thompson. But the main plot far dominates. "Prisoners of the Sun," the sequel set in Peru, is my sentimental favorite in the series, and I recommend it with five stars along with this excellent first entry.
Since this is a two-part adventure concluded in "Prisoners of the Sun", artist and author Herge takes his time setting up the story. We are treated to some humor as Captain Haddock plays the country squire, and more humor as he and Tintin visit the local music hall. The story properly gets underway when Tintin is consulted by the bumbling detectives Thompson and Thomson, who are investigating a series of mysterious attacks on the members of the Peru expedition.
Tintin and the detectives are unable to stop the attacks, which place the men in a coma. Tintin, the Captain, Professor Calculus, and the police all assemble at the home of the last healthy archeologist, there to guard him during a suitably dark and stormy night. They fail; an unknown assailant kidnaps Calculus into the bargain. Tintin and the Captain set out in pursuit, on a trail that leads back to Peru.
"The Seven Crystal Balls" is a classic Tintin adventure; the story and artwork hold up extremely well. It is highly recommended to fans of Tintin of all ages.
Indiana, Grade 2
I think TinTin The Seven Crystal Balls is mystical. There is a small box and they find a piece of crystal. It is from a crystal ball. They had to think for a moment to figure it out. I think all kids should read this book. It is so good.
three more Tintin books to complete my collection. Too bad the author is gone and there will be no more.
These adventure stories are excellent. They were written at a pace of about one every year and a half (23 in 35 years), so they are logical, methodical
and well researched.
Since my order was for more than $25, I didn't even have to pay S & H. I
hope (and I will) complete my collection soon.
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