The book begins with a now familiar scene of the indomitable Gauls ' village. Asterix and Obelix are setting off for a wild boar hunt when they pass a beautiful blond young lady by the name of Panacea who has been picking mushrooms. She has returned to the village after studying in Condatum. Obelix immediately falls in love.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Albert Uderzo Illustrator. Obelix is in love - but the beautiful Panacea is engaged to Tragicomix, a conscript in the Roman army. Who'd have expected to see Asterix in a legionary's uniform?
But the Gauls and their fellow recruits have a smashing trip abroad. Get A Copy. Paperback , 48 pages. Published June 17th by Asterix first published November 10th More Details Original Title.
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The poor sod in question, one Tragicomix, was drafted into the Roman Legion. Fortunately, despite the rather thin premise that kicks off the main narrative, Goscinny and Uderzo pull this one off with maneuvering space to spare. Asterix and Obelix actually join the Roman Legion, along with a motley and delightful bunch of other recruits from other Roman occupied countries such as Egypt, Greece, Britain et al.
There is lots of room for comedy and the authors exploit it mercilessly. After basic training, which is a treat, the troops set off for Africa, where Tragicomix was sent as well. There is some scathing satire on the nature of civil war, and of course some bittersweet comedy pertaining to Obelix being in love.
Good stuff! I would venture to guess that the vast majority of European children from the early s through today have read some, if not all, Asterix comic books. Probably many times over. The first 24 editions are, in my opinion, the best comics ever written. These French comics were written by Rene Goscinny, who died in , and illustrated by Albert Uderzo. They were translated into virtually every language in the world.
Uderzo continued to illustrate and write through his retirement in , keeping I would venture to guess that the vast majority of European children from the early s through today have read some, if not all, Asterix comic books. As a native German who attended American schools, I learned to read German by devouring the stories of Asterix, his best friend Obelix, and their friends whose magic potion gave them the strength to make their village in Gaul the only place in Europe the Romans could not conquer.
I can trace my love of history back to these stories. I laughed as they constantly thwarted Julius Caesar, I loved traveling with them to every corner of Europe and north Africa and when Uderzo took over both duties, as far away as America and Persia , as they competed in the Olympics in Greece, and built the great pyramids. The rudimentary Latin phrases occasionally used by Roman soldiers and one of the hapless pirates they always seemed to encounter helped me out in my grammar classes.
Or my adulthood. So picking a favorite is kind of like choosing your favorite child. By the time this was written in , Goscinny and Uderzo were peaking as a creative team. I've read this volume at least once a year since Asterix is the wiliest of the Gauls. Obelix, his best friend, fell into a vat of the magic potion as a child, making him invincible.
Obelix is notoriously innocent and not too bright. Asterix decides that they will join the Roman legion to find and bring him back. Before the inevitable happy ending, the combination of the story, jokes and art work flow together perfectly. In Germany, a separate industry of Asterix volumes has developed that are also incredible fun.
They are the same stories, but the dialogue is translated into a wide variety of German dialects. They are incredible. Even native speakers need the glossaries to understand many of the dialects, which cover every corner of the country. Americans generally know nothing about Asterix. If you have children or grandchildren, there are volumes that include three editions in English. Get some as Christmas or birthday gifts. View 2 comments. Apr 01, Suzannah rated it really liked it Shelves: historical-fiction , humour.
And the trouble with me is, I'm so shy and retiring. View 1 comment. Dec 18, Karhum Ghassan rated it it was amazing. My favorite of the Asterix books.
I particularly like the clueless Egyptian who speaks in hieroglyphs, and the repeated recitation of the unit designation.
Possibly my favorite Asterix in which he and the lovely Obelix enlist in the Roman army, along with various other misfits, Goths, etc. Can't think of anything else in fact this one is cool because Asterix and Obelix actually enlist with the roman army.
May 13, Mimi rated it liked it Shelves: x-read , openlibrary , comics-graphic-novels. Note to self: stick to reading these in French or Dutch The English translation sort of ruins most of the word puns, taking them from clever to downright silly. View all 3 comments. Jun 29, Nicola rated it really liked it Shelves: humor , graphic-novel , re-read. Book Group Challenges can be wonderful things - sometimes I end up reading something that I would never normally read just to shoe-horn it in to a task: That's usually a painful experience but does occasionally throw fabulous books that I would never have read off my own bat onto my path.
They also sometimes prod me to take nostalgic walks down memory lane, visiting old friends. This was one of those sorts - the incredibly clever Asterix and Obelix series so wonderfully translated into English.
All of the humour and the puns haven't lost any of their charm even 20 years or so after last reading them, in fact I think I picked up a few more references that sailed over my head last time. In this, one of the best of a very good set of books, Asterix and Obelix join the Roman Legion and head off to Africa on a search and rescue mission.
If you know anything about those two you won't be surprised to hear that they blithely ignore all army rules and regulations and drive their commanding officers quite insane with their antics. If your reading life so far hasn't included any of these gems I would recommend rectifying that as soon as may be. Aug 18, David Sarkies rated it really liked it Shelves: comedy. Asterix and Obelix in the Army 18 August Poor Obelix, he meets a girl with whom he falls in love only to discover that she has been engaged to somebody else and he has been drafted into the Roman Army to go and fight Ceaser's civil war against Pompey.
Well, any love sick individual would probably sit back, wait until he is killed, and then make his move, but not Asterix and Obelix — they are too noble and honourable to do that, so they do what any good and noble person would do in such a sit Asterix and Obelix in the Army 18 August Poor Obelix, he meets a girl with whom he falls in love only to discover that she has been engaged to somebody else and he has been drafted into the Roman Army to go and fight Ceaser's civil war against Pompey.
Well, any love sick individual would probably sit back, wait until he is killed, and then make his move, but not Asterix and Obelix — they are too noble and honourable to do that, so they do what any good and noble person would do in such a situation — they join the Roman army to go off and rescue him.
Like the Asterix books before this one, I was in in stitches, particularly with the Egyptian, who, throughout the entire album, believed he was on some tour. The civil war aspect is rather amusing because the whole idea of the Roman army fighting the Roman army is quite farcical, especially how they actually don't know who is fighting whom because they are all wearing the same uniform.
I suspect that in reality and this is not reality — this is Asterix one could easily define who the enemy was, but then if they had done that it would not have been so amusing. The other rather amusing aspect was how they had Obelix burst into tears when he discovered that the love of his life or the latest one was engaged to be married, and then from that point on whenever somebody burst into tears it had to be because their heart had been broken.
Obviously there was no connection with the original one, though I do think it was because Asterix and Obelix first indicated that this was why they had burst into tears, and thus the other legionaries, who had the good chance of landing up in Asterix and Obelix's cohort, had picked up off of them. So, another Asterix album finished, and one that is still up there with the others.
Asterix: Asterix The Legionary : Album 10
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