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I fucking love these books. Found an old annual when unpacking which still makes me chuckle. More satire and surrealism than any other comic I can remember.

So many great exchanges, but loved the one in Spain where Obelix & the fishmonger have this running argument

"I DO NOT RENT OUT FISH"

Fave image has to be the one in Belgium with the two Roman troopers on the border, one pristine, one beaten to crap.

Awesome.

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Getafix the Druid. You couldn't get away with that these days.

"Let's go and see Getafix for some of his magic potion!" Nudge, nudge, wink wink.

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I love Asterix too. ^_^ Haven't read any in a loooong while though. I remember the first time I did was when I was a wee young thing on holiday in France, staying with a French family who had millions of the annuals which I made my way through (despite not being able to read French heh). Fun times.

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Asterix is king. I read all the books when I was back in Secondary School. I vowed to buy every single one. Now I've got a fair few of the books and am still looking out for more.

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I love Asterix. Every time I go home to see my parents, I always try and remember to go up to the attic and have a flick through some of my old books, to see if they're as good as I remember.

I can't remember which one I liked best, but I remember really hating one where Asterix was drunk and destitute at the start. Presumably, his erratic behaviour and slurred speech frightened me, although it didn't really discourage me from hitting the angry soup in later life.

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I was watching La Heine the other night and there's a really weird bit in it where the three main characters are in Paris trying to collect some money off a guy. You can clearly hear them refer to him as 'Asterix' (and there are references to Obelix as well) but the subtitles say he's called 'Snoopy'. ^_^

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Getafix the Druid. You couldn't get away with that these days.

"Let's go and see Getafix for some of his magic potion!" Nudge, nudge, wink wink.

bah ^_^

You'll be telling me Asterix and Obelix are bummers next.

I love Asterix too. :) Haven't read any in a loooong while though. I remember the first time I did was when I was a wee young thing on holiday in France, staying with a French family who had millions of the annuals which I made my way through (despite not being able to read French heh). Fun times.

I've never understood how the humour translates quite so well. It's extraordinary.

I love Asterix. Every time I go home to see my parents, I always try and remember to go up to the attic and have a flick through some of my old books, to see if they're as good as I remember.

I can't remember which one I liked best, but I remember really hating one where Asterix was drunk and destitute at the start. Presumably, his erratic behaviour and slurred speech frightened me, although it didn't really discourage me from hitting the angry soup in later life.

I love Asterix and the Soothsayer, with all it's political machinations & the latter slowly being driven mad by the Roman general.

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I can't speak from a literary sense, but I feel it safe to say Asterix would tear his fucking arms off. Or, to put it another way, PAAAFFFF.

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I used to work with a French lass who told me that there were loads of sly references to French historical events that made them even funnier than I thought they were.

Such great books.

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Asterix could bray that gimp Tin-Tin a thousand times over, and still have time to punt that fruity little dog into the Channel. He's fucking nails.

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I've never understood how the humour translates quite so well. It's extraordinary.

It's mostly down to the English translators, who don't translate it like for like, they tend to change things so that the humour is more relative to English speakers. If you read the French original you will see some text is actually completely different. It's a testamount to the translators that they can change the text & in some cases the meaning without making it look completely out of place in the frames.

Anyway, the funniest one was Asterix & The Roman Agent, who could spark a confrontation just by being in the same airspace as other people!

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Which one was it where there was a big pile of Roman gold that smelled of onions? I remember liking that one a lot.

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Not sure, I know the thing you described, it wasn't Asterix & The Roman Agent?

That's what reminded me! It probably was, it rings a bell.

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i don't understand the asterix vs tintin thing?

tintin's belgian isn't he?

They're both foring.

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It's mostly down to the English translators, who don't translate it like for like, they tend to change things so that the humour is more relative to English speakers. If you read the French original you will see some text is actually completely different. It's a testamount to the translators that they can change the text & in some cases the meaning without making it look completely out of place in the frames.

That's a given but it's how funny it is in spite of this that's always amazed me.

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I seem to remember absolutely loving an Asterix book in which someone obstinately remained hidden in 'a cauldron smelling of fish' throughout some kind of ceremony.

It may, or may not have been, the same one where Obelix breaks down in fits of laughter for the best part of the finale;

"He's got a free hand now!"

The first one I think is Asterix the Gaul, which is awesome. That joke I think is in response to him starting a war between all the Germanic tribes by giving various people secret potion, including the deposed ruler who then busts out of jaill. But I don't remember anything about a fishy cauldron.

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i don't understand the asterix vs tintin thing?

tintin's belgian isn't he?

nothing, other than the large format of the books (in the UK at least)

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The first one I think is Asterix the Gaul, which is awesome. That joke I think is in response to him starting a war between all the Germanic tribes by giving various people secret potion, including the deposed ruler who then busts out of jaill. But I don't remember anything about a fishy cauldron.

Fantastic, thank you. I'm set on digging Asterix The Gaul out of my Mum's attic as soon as I possibly can now :D

From the a cursory glance around the net, the fishy cauldron segment was from Asterix And The Big Fight.

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Asterix the Gaul - brilliant! Even though you can see how early the drawings are, the story is one of the best out of all the books.

Has anyone read the really really new ones? There is one I have (Asterix and the Falling Sky) and it has aliens coming down from wherever. There are a lot of references to Walt Disney, Manga, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc. but the book is very disappointing.

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I seem to remember absolutely loving an Asterix book in which someone obstinately remained hidden in 'a cauldron smelling of fish' throughout some kind of ceremony.

It may, or may not have been, the same one where Obelix breaks down in fits of laughter for the best part of the finale;

"He's got a free hand now!"

In french, it's "Le combat des chefs", where the druid loses its memory.

*google...*

Asterix and the big fight.

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I too have always marvelled at the work that must have gone into translating these into English ... and many other languages, considering the jokes are so often language based, its incredible that they have managed to keep them funny and have them make sense.

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Has anyone read the really really new ones? There is one I have (Asterix and the Falling Sky) and it has aliens coming down from wherever. There are a lot of references to Walt Disney, Manga, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc. but the book is very disappointing.

Asterix' been shit since the death of Goscinny.

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Asterix the Gaul - brilliant! Even though you can see how early the drawings are, the story is one of the best out of all the books.

Has anyone read the really really new ones? There is one I have (Asterix and the Falling Sky) and it has aliens coming down from wherever. There are a lot of references to Walt Disney, Manga, Arnold Schwarzenegger, etc. but the book is very disappointing.

Yeah mrs lfj got it for Christmas last year. It's weak. I think the problem is the writer died and so the artist started writing new stories. Ill advised.

Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods is fucking side-splitting though.

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