On Tintin

While not currently reading them, I (and my children) have always enjoyed the Tintin stories by Herge. I even have a couple of Tintin ties. We have even occasionally “evangelized” for the series, encouraging others to enjoy the adventures. Several recent books about the author and the series are reviewed in an interesting essay. They sound interesting, but I think the concluding paragraph is pretty close to on target:

This sense of being outside of time, which Hergé worked so hard to create, is one of the deep springs of Tintin’s popularity. Children, who have a similar sense of existing outside of normal adult time, identify with it. For them, as for Tintin, what matters are the attachments and attractions that surround them here and now. And though I no longer think like that, Hergé’s work is so skilful that when I read Tintin today, I slip back into his timeless world. Apostolidès and Assouline try valiantly to pull back the curtain and show us the ropes and pulleys of Hergé’s magic act. But I am not sure that we want this. Tintin is too good a trick to spoil with explanations.

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One Response to “On Tintin”

  1. Paul Peterson Says:

    Yay, Tintin!

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