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Tintin and The Life of Hergé

4 responses to “Tintin and The Life of Hergé

  1. S September 6, 2013 at 10:44 am

    This is a crisp illustration! Very pleasing to the eyes…
    And I might consider reading Tintin now…:)

  2. MaV April 27, 2020 at 7:53 am

    That was a very interesting read and a great graphic.

    Although I’m not Belgian, I went to school there and we read Tintin in the Land of the Soviets and Tintin in the Congo in history class. The goal was to make us realise that these works were first and foremost a product of their time, and that they teach us much more about the prevalent views and opinions in Belgium than the actual places and events depicted.

    Not exactly mind acrobatics, but a cool exercise for school children. I loved history class throughout school, but these lessons stuck with me the most.

    Naturally, I read Tintin from an early age, but never stopped to think about them critically until then. The underlying tones in Tintin in Congo are so racist, but as a kid you just don’t pick it up.

    • Akhil Kadidal April 27, 2020 at 9:44 am

      Hi, Thanks.

      I picked up Tintin when I was pretty young, maybe at age 8 or 9. And I always thought it was set in England. Suffice to say, I was shocked later to discover their Belgian origins.

      Certainly, there is a lot going on under the surface of these works, even though outwardly, they may seem simplistic. But I can’t imagine having to read them for a history class. That must’ve been one cool, history class.

      I may be a huge fan of the series, but I can’t abide the earlier books. I find them prosaic, a little aimless and black and white in their depictions of a complex world. It’s only after Captain Haddock appears on the scene that the series really picks and becomes nuanced, in my opinion.

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