Asterix the Gaul

Asterix the Gaul

by René Goscinny


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When Roman Centurion Crismus Bonus finds out about Getafix’s magic potion, he kidnaps the druid to force him to reveal the recipe. So Asterix joins his friend in captivity and together they two plan to whip up a surprise with truly hair-raising effects.

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ISBN-13: 9780024971005
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Adult Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/18/1983
Series: Asterix Series
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Asterix the Gaul 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
theboylatham on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago

Six out of ten. CBR format.

Getafix is kidnapped by the Romans, meaning Asterix has to penetrate the Roman camp to get him back.

jckeen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Asterix the Gaul, written by René Goscinny and illustrated by Albert Uderzo, is a humorous and colorful graphic novel series that young students (up to adults) will enjoy. The story is set in 50 B.C. The Romans have conquered all of Gaul (France), except for one tiny village. It is here we find our protagonist, Asterix--a feisty hunter/warrior who loves a good fight. Asterix and his trusty friend, Obelix, have superhuman strength from the magic potion devised by the aptly named, Getafix--the village druid. When Getafix is captured by Romans, Asterix sets out to rescue him--but not before having a bit of fun at the expense of his adversaries. Page by page, the reader learns that Asterix is not only strong, but cunning as well. The ensuing mission unfolds into a series of hilarious pranks on the invaders.Asterix the Gaul is a terrific book for boys who will enjoy the colorful graphics and action-packed fight scenes (which are cartoonish in nature). Originally written in French, nothing appears to be lost in translation. In fact, it is a wonder that the jokes work so well in English as well. With thirty-seven books in the series, Asterix entertains for many hours of enjoyable reading.
tapestry100 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I bought this in a fit of middle/high school French class nostalgia, as these were a favorite in class for a comical way to read something in French that wasn't from a text book.A fairly light and quick read, you get a good introduction to Asterix and his friends, mainly his best friend Obelix and the Druid, Getafix, who brews the magical potion that gives the Gauls their super-strength, which they use to keep the invading Romans at bay, thereby keeping their village the only remaining free village in Gaul. There is quite a bit of humor mixed into the story, especially with the characters names (such as Vitalstatistix, the village leader; Cacofonix, the village bard; and Centurion Crismus Bonus).In Asterix the Gaul, after Asterix singlehandedly defeats four Roman guards, Crismus Bonus sends a spy into the Gaul village to find out their secret. The Romans then kidnap Getafix to force him to make the magic potion that gives the Gauls their super-strength. Asterix goes to the rescue and then allows himself to be captured so that he and Getafix can have some fun at the Romans' expense. After some calamity with a super-strength potion that has some adverse effects, Asterix and Getafix are released through the help of an unlikely ally.Asterix the Gaul is a fun introduction to the Asterix characters and world. The art is fluid, colors are bright and the story is clever and humorous. Worth reading if you want a light, fun read.
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I loved this book it was so funny and good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a British translation of the popular French comic books. It will remind American readers of both the early 'Mad'magazine and of 'Rocky & Bullwinkle'. The kids will laugh at the comic antics of the characters and adults will enjoy the puns,satire & literary references. It gives one a fun and wry insight into European humor. I love the whole series.