There are three versions of the Tintin au Congo album. The first was published in , in black and white. The third version appeared in , and contained changes aimed at making the story more animal-friendly. In the version, Tintin is giving them a history lesson about their fatherland, Belgium.
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Your IP address will be recorded. Log in No account? Create an account. Remember me. Facebook Twitter Google. Nicholas nwhyte wrote, - 12 - 06 Nicholas nwhyte - 12 - 06 Previous Share Flag Next. F borrowed this from the local library out of curiosity, and we both read it pretty quickly.
It is just as bad as I feared: the Africans encountered here are stupid, illiterate, desperately aping civilisation and pathetically grateful for rule by white men; by the end of the book they are worshipping idols of Tintin and Snowy.
Even more startling is Tintin's casual slaughter of large amounts of African wildlife, often as the punchline of a joke. The book's most effective single frame is a huge and enraged elephant pursuing our heroes; unfortunately the elephant gets killed off on the next page. The plot, such as it is, is supplied by a rather inefficient hitman sent after Tintin by none other than Al Capone who appears in person in the next book.
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December Books 4) Kuifje in Afrika / Tintin in the Congo, by Hergé
The story tells of young Belgian reporter Tintin and his dog Snowy , who are sent to the Belgian Congo to report on events in the country. Amid various encounters with the native Congolese people and wild animals, Tintin unearths a criminal diamond smuggling operation run by the American gangster Al Capone. Following on from Tintin in the Land of the Soviets and bolstered by publicity stunts, Tintin in the Congo was a commercial success within Belgium and was also serialised in France. In the late 20th century, Tintin in the Congo became increasingly controversial for both its perceived racist colonial attitude toward Congolese people and for its glorification of big-game hunting.