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Asterix and the Normans

By Rene Goscinny, Albert Uderzo

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Format: Hardback, 48 pages, Revised Edition
Other Information: 48 Colour Photo\Illu(s)
Published In: United Kingdom, 22 July 2004
Gaul was divided into three parts. No, four parts - for one small village of indomitable Gauls still held out against the Roman invaders. BOOK 9 A group of Vikings comes to Gaul trying to learn what fear is. Their visit coincides with that of a real expert on the subject: Vitalstatistix's trendy nephew fromLutetia, Justforkix...

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Asterix is the highest-selling book series in the world. Worldwide sales now exceed 320,000,000, outstripping even J K Rowling. Asterix has been translated into 107 languages and dialects. 11,000 web sites devoted to Asterix. Combined UK sales of the last 5 books - 2.2 million copies.

About the Author

Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 33 Asterix albums. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page 20 of Pilote. Asterix the Gaul, their first album, was published in 1961 and there have now been 33 Asterix albums.

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The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames.--THE TIMES A cartoon drawn with such supreme artistry, and a text layered with such glorious wordplay, satire and historical and political allusion that no reader should ever feel like they've outgrown it.--TIME OUT

EAN: 9780752866222
ISBN: 0752866222
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
Dimensions: 29.46 x 22.3 x 0.91 centimetres (0.44 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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Hieu Doan on
 
Ha ha! The fearless Normans’ met the indomitable Gauls. It’s a class story and presented very well. The beauty of it is that the Normans come to the Gauls to learn the meaning of fear. The rest of the story is Asterix classic gold and needs to be read to be appreciated, but if you’re anything of a fan you already know this!
Richard Scott on
 
A relative of Vitalstatistix's sends his son to him for some toughening up training, as he is a party boy that likes fast cars, not your manly Gaulish warrior types.

When some fearless Normans invade on a scientific expedition to discover the meaning of fear, the young lad packs death, but is exactly the man that the Normans want.
Sarah Reese on
 
I loved this one! Full of clever jokes and completely bizarre twists and turns, not to mention a great new character in the form of Justforkix, Vitalstatistix's nephew. The parody of modern youth made me smile, as did the Normans' antics. Perhaps a touch sillier than the rest (maybe Uderzo had a hand in writing it) it is nevertheless a wonderful read and a great addition to the series. I particularly like the recurring oyster references. Classic!
Simon Moetara on
 
Number 9 in the series from Goscinny & Uderzo, and not one of my favourites. The Normans do not know the meaning of fear, and so they kidnap Vitalstatistix's cool, hip nephew to teach them - and so Asterix and Obelix have to save him...

Not as good as the others so far...

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