Nicholas (nwhyte) wrote,

September Books 9) The Castafiore Emerald, by Hergé

Tintin-The-Castafiore-Emerald-Page-009This is a very unusual Tintin book - the action takes place almost entirely at Marlinspike mansion, the residence of Captain Haddock, who is very much the central character for a change - confined to a wheelchair after his tumble down the stairs, and assailed by the overwhelming singer Bianca Castafiore. A side plot relates to the emerald of the title, apparently stolen; is it the gypsies, who Captain Haddock has invited to stay in the meadow? Or the dubious-looking paparazzi? Or the cowed accompanist, Wagner? Or is it something else entirely? There is more going on here than immediately appears, though I feel not quite as much as Tom McCarthy thinks, and it is a fun ride.

The Castafiore Emerald features four female characters (Castafiore, her maid Irma, and the gypsy mother and daughter) which is more than most of the other Tintin books combined...
Tags: bookblog 2013, writer: herge
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