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Book Title: Asterix and the Great Crossing|
The author of the book: René Goscinny
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 19.12 MB
Edition: Hodder Dargaud ltd.
Date of issue: 1978
ISBN 13: 9780340215890
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Chief Vitalstatistix is in a foul mood, as his shield bearers are both out with food poisoning from bad fish, sold by village fishmonger Unhygienix (The proof is in the name alone), and so is angry, and egged on by blacksmith, and shit disturber extraordinaire, Fulliautomatix, leading to one of our famous village brawls.
Druid and voice of wisdom Getafix says this is unacceptable, as he needs "reasonably" fresh fish for the magic potion that the villagers all use to keep the Romans (and other threats) at bay.
Asterix offers to go fishing, and Obelix goes along for the ride. Of course, they're not fishermen, or sailors really, and end up blown way out to sea in a storm. They happen across a ship, of course, the pirates, and it's the Captain's birthday, so there's a sumptuous feast ready, Obelix discovers, and after pleading by the Captain, Asterix and Obelix don't sink the ship, even leaving a sausage for the crew.
Eventually things get worse, as they run out of food, have to drink rainwater, and Obelix gets loopy from lack of food, jumping out of the boat. They find a floating branch, and grab it, to swim back to the close land.
At first they think it's home, but then Obelix discovers turkeys in the woods, and later, a bear, which aren't native to Gaul at all.
We later run into native Americans who take Asterix prisoner, and Obelix manages to find him (with the help of wonder dog Dogmatix). With a communication barrier, there's lots of sign language and miscommunication, until things smooth out. Obelix is to be wed to the chieftain's daughter, which he doesn't want. They sneak out one night in a canoe, but it has a hole and they're forced to swim to an island.
Later on, they spy a ship, which we know, is full of Danes (or other Scandinavians, but given the nature of the jokes, I think Danish) looking for glory and discovery. The Norsemen have great names, like: Herendthelessen, Haraldwilssen, Nogoodreassen, and Great Dane Huntingseassen.
Asterix stands atop a cairn of stones, with a torch and a cloth painting in his hand, meant as a Statue of Liberty reference (Which I'd NEVER caught until now) and the ship finds them. There's more miscommunication, and jokes about punctuation and accents and such, but only the dogs figure each other out. They all board the ship, and end up home in the land of Vikings, where the Chief is mad at Herendthelessen for going on a jaunty cruise while the rest were raiding villages.
There's some fun Shakespeare puns, and the chief plans to sacrifice Asterix and Obelix to the Gods, until a slave discovers they're Gauls, not from the New World as thought. There's a fight, and in the ruckus, the Gauls escape and manage to catch some fish on the way home.
The ending has Asterix explaining to Getafix that they went over the sea that way, to some "Long Island" and Getafix ponderously looking out to sea.
This was a fun one, lots of puns, and jokes, also about Asterix and Obelix ending up as the first Europeans in North America, even before the Vikings.
No Romans again, unless you miss them, not a problem for me.
Read information about the authorRené Goscinny was a French author, editor and humorist, who is best known for the comic book Astérix, which he created with illustrator Albert Uderzo, and for his work on the comic series Lucky Luke with Morris (considered the series' golden age).
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