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Asterix in Switzerland Book Review

22 Nov

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I chose this graphic novel for three reasons. The first and main reason I chose this graphic novel is because of the story’s background and how it relates to me and my French heritage, because the main setting of the series is in Gaul, which is also the part of France today that my grandmother is from. The second reason is because of the story’s  interesting characters along with their astonishing personalities. The third reason why I chose this graphic novel is because I find it to be one of the funniest journeys out of the series that the two main characters Asterix and Obelix experienced.

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The Asterix series is about the adventures of two Gauls, Asterix and Obelix, who live in a small Gaulish village rebelling against the roman empire, in the year 50 B.C. In Asterix in Switzerland, Asterix and Obelix are called upon to fetch an essential ingredient for a magical potion to heal the very ill (because he was poisoned) Quaestor Vexatius Sinusitus. Asterix and Obelix are sent on a mission to find the silver star (edelweiss) which can only be found on the highest mountains in Helvetia, Switzerland. During their quest, they come across some interesting characters: roman legionaries; a man who got thrown into a river with weights tied to his feet after dropping his piece of bread into the cheese fondue three times; a short innkeeper that demonstrates how Switzerland’s famous cuckoo hourglasses function, and a group of friendly mountain-climbing yodelers that help them find the silver star.

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One of the characters that I really enjoy in the Asterix series is Obelix, Asterix’s best friend. Obelix has a hilarious past which has affected the way he is in the Asterix series. When Obelix was a baby he accidentally fell into a cauldron that was filled with magic potion giving the Gauls strength and speed. As a result Obelix is always super strong. Obelix is also very funny and tends to have a large appetite, for he enjoys hunting and eating tons of wild boar everyday! If I could meet Obelix I would want to hear all of his experiences traveling around the world, meeting different people, and what it is like fighting the roman legionaries surrounding their village, plus he seems to have a great sense of humor.

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I enjoy reading and re-reading the Asterix graphic novels. They are adventurous, funny, detailed, and it keeps the reader interested. Those are the things I cherish in all the books that I favor. I would recommend this book in a heart beat if someone asked me what graphic novel would you suggest I read? I actually have already told several people about the Asterix series and brought a few of them to school and all the people I shared this book with, liked it as well.

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There aren’t many other books that are quite like the Asterix series, that capture the feeling of the friendship between Asterix and Obelix and what they have experienced together, but there is a movie that I have seen that capture a small village fighting/rebelling their conquerers. That movie is Braveheart. Braveheart is about the Scottish not liking the way the English are running things, like sleeping with the recently wedded  wives of Scotland, so they rose up above the English and went to battle. Another movie that can relate to the Asterix series is Gladiator. Gladiator relates to the Gauls fighting the romans, in Gladiator a man named Maximus was a Roman general who was betrayed and seeks revenge as a gladiator in the same time period. At the end of the day they are kind of like the Three Stooges because they always seem to get into these crazy situations that might seem a little ridiculous, and I can’t help laughing at how they always pull though.

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4 responses to “Asterix in Switzerland Book Review

  1. thesecondskywalk3r

    November 22, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I really like the amount of detail you went into on this post. how many of the books have you read? maybe instead of it being longer you could shorten it and get to the point faster but still a good review 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

     
    • tristanislaughing

      November 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Thanks for reading my post! I have read most of the Asterix series and the length of my post is probably because of the pictures.

       
  2. lvlitsuo

    November 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    I really liked how you added your opinion about the book, you really made me interested in not only the book but not only in french heritage but also the history of Switzerland . Have you ever played any roleplaying-adventure games be for like zelda because this story reminds me of an adventure like most plots of zelda games: the main character is on a quest and has a sidekick.
    I do not really see were the authors side of his writing though..

     
  3. nisrenek

    November 24, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I love how you integrated pictures into your discussion of this comic book. However, you haven’t answered all the questions– is this because there wasn’t enough in the book to discuss larger ideas or themes? Or next time, just read the assignment instructions more carefully. Have you read any more sophisticated graphic novels like Watchmen, any by Neil Gaiman, Maus, Ghost World, or Persepolis?

     

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