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From Publishers Weekly

Everything about this painstakingly crafted but hollow novel smacks of the academy, from the slightly passe mix of popular and literary genres to the appropriation of easily recognized texts. Here we have Tintin, the comic-book hero created in 1929 by Belgian artist Herge, imagined anew and plunged into his coming-of-age in Peru. In this New World he meets the irresistible Clavdia Chauchat, Herr Peeperkorn and sundry others who, we're told, "had passed a tonic winter together in the Alps"--code for having been conceived by Thomas Mann in The Magic Mountain. Tintin, hitherto frozen in boyhood, falls in love with Clavdia. The author's credentials are as immaculate as his studied prose--Tuten ( Tallien ) directs City College of New York's graduate program in literature and creative writing--and the publisher has further ensured the book's toniness with original cover art by Roy Lichtenstein, whom Herge particularly admired. But despite Tuten's obvious intelligence and concentrated focus, his novel never becomes more than a workshop exercise or literary game. Stick with Herge, or stick with Mann: this foray into metafiction lacks the aplomb of the former's work and the true originality of the latter's.
Copyright 1993 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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 8
  • Paperback: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Black Classic Press, Inprint Editions (June 23, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580730337
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580730334
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,161,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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Whereas other readers seem to have encountered frustration in their hope of reading something of a continuation of or sequel to Herge's books, it was a great pleasure for me to find in this novel a much more humanized Tintin, one who truly struggles. Who suffers lust, and despair. It is an extraordinary piece of work, not to be downplayed for its more complex reflections on youth, love, justice and revolution. Tuten commands growth, and thus Tintin is raised into a full-grown man. Of course this doesn't explain what I truly love about the novel, which is its language. Among my favorite passages are those of Tintin's sidekick Snowy, astute but ever true to his role of loyal canine companion.
"It's his fit...the misery-mama fit that comes over all of them, young and old...these human creatures moan all their lives over for that lost den and those delicious wet teats..."
Much of the novel is also in dialogue (between Thomas Mann's Herr Peeperkorn, Clavdia Chauchat, Naphta and Settembrini), which reads quickly, is absorbing and witty.
As with Tuten's other novels, there is playfulness, laughter and sadness.
To give readers new to Frederic Tuten a better idea of what they're in for, there is a wonderful story online, the Odyssey as experienced by Popeye: [...]
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