les livres tintin sont super pour les débutants en anglais, les phrases sont simples. J'ai moi même un niveau de collège et le livre tintin in america ne me pose aucun problème a comprendre ! c'est GENIAL !!!
J'ai acheté ce livre (ainsi que le même en français) pour faire découvrir une partie de l'art à la Belge à ma famille Américaine. Ils ont apprécié le geste, ont lu la BD et ça nous a permis d'entamer une conversation sur les différences culturelles. Bonne traduction dans sa globalité. Chouette livre en général!
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Satire and serial thrills as our heroes race through the USA29 avril 2002
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Although it begins with a precise date (1931) and location (Chicago) and features a real historical figure (Al Capone), 'Tintin In America' is Herge's tribute to the mythical America of dime novels and silent serials (especially gangster stories and Westerns). There's a real 'Perils Of Pauline' quality to Tintin's misadventures, which see the young reporter and his faithful terrier Snowy attempt to clean Chicago of gangsters, and which includes trapdoors, underground passages, falls from cliffs broken by handy branches, tetherings to railway lines etc. On their arrival, the pair are plunged into a hectic series of mishaps - they are kidnapped by a mob stooge in a steel-shuttered limousine; sawing their way out, they are met by police, and give chase; just as the nabbed hood is about to squeal, he is knocked out by a boomerang, whose owner they pursue in a gun-stuttering chase which ends in the first of many vehicular accidents. Throughout, Tintin will be gassed, dumped into Lake Michigan, shot at by a professional sniper, captured by Red Indians, have his brakeless train dynamited, and be thrown into a mincer. Welcome to America! The simple-minded pleasures of these melodrama cliches are supplemented by a sophisticated and often quite savage critique on modern America (having tackled Bolshevik Russia in the previous adventure), an America on the brink of globalising superpowerdom, a critique that invokes the past to indict the present. The Red Indian sequence at first seems in dubious taste, with the warriors easily manipulated by a gang leader into mutilating Tintin - their knee-jerk savagery and comical rituals are the sad cliches of many a Western. But in the book's most perturbing sequence, Tintin accidentally hits oil on their land; they are speedily thrown off the reservation, and oil wells, banks and a new city erected in its place; a brilliant, shocking encapsulation of the long and terrible history that underlies bright modern America. The gangster epidemic is linked to police and presidential corruption, while the tendency of famed American democracy and justice to degenerate into mob rule and lynching is unflinchingly pinpointed, as are the ecological crimes of big business. In fact, Herge sees American capitalism as a form of cannibalism - a sausage-grinding plant is a front for disposing of gangland enemies, their flesh mingled with animal meat for sale (the leader of the gang is a dead ringer for Foucault!). Conversely, Tintin is at one point rescued by a labor strike! One frame must have registered on the young Jean-Luc Godard, in which Tintin passes a landscape of car-wreckage overlooked by advertising hoardings. The irony of the story is that America, once so new, innocent, a beacon of hope where the world's oppressed could find refuge, has become as corrupt as the Old World, to which Tintin must return ito protect HIS innocence. Herge's satirical instinct does not preclude a great love for the LOOK of America, with its precisionist skyscraperscapes, and vast prairie spaces. Herge deliberately streamlines his animation, drawing in bold, uncluttered strokes and strong, bright colours, giving some indication of the size and modernity of America, as well as its anonymity, conformity and assembly line mentality. The nocturnal scenes, in which the overall brightness becomes deeply mysterious, are particularly beautiful. I dare anyone who views the flabbergasting scene of Tintin clambering across an endless skyscrapter not to feel dizzy. Within his frames, Herge creates an extraordinary dynamism of movement. I particularly love it when characters walk on the border of the frame, as if getting ready to leap from it.
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Herge did better later5 janvier 2006
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As a child, I read all of the Tintin books in Swedish, except the first one "Tintin in the Soviets". As an adult living in the U.S., I am reading most of them again to my children, but this time in English. Herge's first three Tintin books are not as good as his later books, and this was his third book. "Tintin in Congo" is the only Tintin book that I have read that is worse than this one. "Tintin in America" portrays America with an old fashioned European prejudice that is unrealistic and unflattering. His portrayal of the Indians is borderline racist, and the plot is essentially "gangster tries to kill Tintin, Tintin miraculously escapes" repeated a couple of dozen times. In a sense Tintin is a super hero with "luck" as his super power, and this becomes tiresome. The plot is silly, and the book is certainly not a history lesson.
Kids seven and below could enjoy this book, older kids will consider it stupid. If Herge instead had written "Tintin in Sweden" at this time, all the Swedes would have been blond, stupid, and quiet. There would be polar bears and reindeers in the streets, Samis would have been portrayed in an insulting way, and Tintin would have been repeatedly attacked by gnomes. Just to put this book in a Swedish perspective (for fellow Swedes). Humor has changed since 1932, and so did Herge's soon after (1934).
Having said that, the book is still entertaining, in its own way, and my kids have asked me to read it a few times, which I have. If you or your kids like Tintin books then buy it, but don't let this one be your first. Herge's master pieces came later in history. My favorites are "Tintin in Tibet", "Blue Lotus", "Flight 714", "The crab with the golden claw", and "The Seven Crystal Balls/Prisoners of the Sun", but I really like all of the later ones.
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A Pretty Plain Affair27 juin 2012
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"Tintin in America" continues with the theme of Al Capone introduced in "Tintin in the Congo," but the greater part of the story revolves around other Chicago gangsters of the early 1930s. Well, at least the American Al Capone fits into the location this time. Herge also works American Indians into the plot, first as the gangsters seek to collude with them but then with a dose of social commentary. Tintin himself plays the role of a cowboy for a good time.
While this third book in the series is an advance on its unimpressive predecessor, it still lacks the compelling storyline that would characterize Herge's later Tintin books. The villains are uninteresting, and bland Al Capone and other villains pale in comparison to future Tintin adversaries like Dawson, The Fakir, Rastapopolous, Mitsuhirato, Dr. Muller, Colonel Jorgen, Mr. Bohlwinkel, The Incas, and Colonel Sponsz. Most of the time, Tintin is simply running around, chasing and trapping villains as well as being chased and trapped himself, until he triumphs at the end. The procession of events features accidents, random physical circumstances, and goof-ups by villains, but Snowy and Tintin display clever initiative at times in saving themselves.
While the Tintin series was never truly realistic, it contained a few elements that were truly silly such as, in this book, the crooks taking dumbbells from a weightlifter and trying to use them to drown Tintin -- failing to realize they were actually fake wooden dumbbells. ("Tintin in the Congo" had some doozies involving animals.) After "Tintin in America," there tended to be more imagination in the story lines with respect to Tintin's avoidance of direct physical danger and skill at making successful escapes, as well as more wit and bite in the humor and personality in the characters. "Tintin in America" can overall be described as very plain. It is not one of Herge's great accomplishments, and I barely give it three stars: 2 1/2-slightly plus. But Herge started to get good with the next Tintin entry, the exotic "Cigars of the Pharaoh."
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Tin Tin in America1 mars 2001
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What a fun book. We bought the entire Tin Tin series for our oldest son over a period of a year when he was 9 years old( He is now 13 years old). He and his now 4 year old brother read them every morning with breakfast and every afternoon with tea. Every book is so absorbing. Be advised of occasionally guns and racial stereotyping(Indians and gangsters) but not enough to sway our family.
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Weak early work.27 février 2007
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Herge, Tintin in America (Methuen, 1932)
The first of the canonical Tintin works (the third written; the other two, out of print for decades, are finally being brought back into print in 2007), Tintin in America has served since the forties as an introduction to Tintin and Snowy for generations of fans. It's an odd little volume, not as smooth nor as funny as the later works got, and it still contains some pretty nasty stereotypes (the reason those first two adventures have been out of print for so long) about ethnic minorities as part of the background humor. If you're a Tintin completist, obviously, you'll need a copy of this one, if you've never read it; otherwise, I'd suggest starting with one of the later adventures and coming back to this one once you're already a fan. ***