The Secret of the Unicorn (Adventures of Tintin Series)

The Secret of the Unicorn (Adventures of Tintin Series)


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In this classic graphic novel: Tintin stumbles across a model ship at the Old Street Market. Only it isn't just any model ship-it's the Unicorn, carved by one of Haddock's ancestors, and it holds a clue to finding pirate treasure!

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ISBN-13: 9780316358323
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication date: 06/30/1974
Series: Adventures of Tintin: Original Classic Series , #11
Pages: 62
Sales rank: 215,195
Product dimensions: 8.87(w) x 11.75(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range: 8 - 14 Years

About the Author

Hergé, one of the most famous Belgians in the world, was a comics writer and artist. The internationally successful Adventures of Tintin are his most well-known and beloved works. They have been translated into 38 different languages and have inspired such legends as Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein. He wrote and illustrated for The Adventures of Tintin until his death in 1983.

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Secret of the Unicorn 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I rate this four rather than five stars because, although great, it's very obviously 'Part One' of the Red Rackham story (and I have to admit I prefer the second half). The Captain is given real lease of life here-in his previous two appearances, you could tell he was getting into his stride but here he is his peppery, over-emotional and lovable best. This is possibly the only time (apart from Castafiore Emerald, of course) that the action's exclusively based in their home town, but this doesn't take away any of the excitement. Watch out for the historical reenactment scene, which is not only unparalleled within Tintin itself, but in any cartoon... It's magnificent, folks!
Guest More than 1 year ago
When Tintin buys a ship at the Old Street Market for his friend Capt. Haddock he never expects that it will lead to another adventure. He is pursued by two other men who both want the ship for the same reason: they have one just like it. Tintin refuses to sell it. The captain sees it and recognises it to be identical to the ship in the portrait of his ancestor Sir Francis Haddock. When Tintin goes home, the boat has been stolen and his flat has been thrown into disorder. While putting things to rights, he discovers a scroll of parchment with a message that makes no sense to him at all. He determines that it must have fallen out of the mast of the ship when Snowy knocked it off the table earlier and broke the mast. Captain H. can't make any more sense of it than Tintin, but after reading Sir Francis' will, they realise that there were 3 UNICORNs and that there was a parchment in each mainmast. Tintin knows that the other two men who tried to buy his ship must have the other two parchments. For the rest of the tale, Tintin is hunting down the missing parchments. As a subplot, there have been pickpockets about town, and it seems that no sooner have Thomson and Thompson bought a new wallet than it is nabbed. They solve the problem with the help of elastic bands first, and then chains, hooking their wallets to their coats. Splendid Tintin story and well worth the time it takes to read it ten or more times.
Artymedon on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Herge's obsession with ancestry - some chambermaid conspiracy theorists even speculated he was a hidden grandson of Leopold II, is artistically rendered in "Secret of the Unicorn" and its sequel - "Red Rackham's Treasure". Knowledgeable "Tintinophiles" Daniel Couvreur, Frederick Soumois and Philippe Goddin, give the origins of the creation of this story in the well published "Les vrais secrets de la Licorne" or "The true secrets of the Licorne" from Editions Moulinsart/Casterman. This was first published in Black & White mini-strips in the stolen "Le Soir" under German occupation in 1943 in Brussels, Belgium. The later color editions do not unfortunately render how suspensful each of these mini-strips were, as they had to be so that next day newspaper reader would want to go back to his favorite hero/Journalist, TINTIN.Now of Spielberg universal fame, this adventure is also an experiential journey for TINTIN who discovers his hidden ancestry and unites with the unlikely and slightly disfunctional family that makes the charm of later albums: the alcoholic "father" Haddock created in the "Crab with the Golden Claws", the hearing impaired Professor Calculus/Tournesol, Snowy/Milou and the mirror like detectives Thompson & Thompson Dupont/Dupond. Bianca Castafior is not present in these two albums, the first one with a cliffhanger ending. Herge is already a master by then and how brilliant is the appearance of Moulinsart castle, through the basement and by breaking a brick wall - what a Freudian metaphor - leading our inquisitive journalist to medieval vaults full of the trappings and furnishings of the nobility.Perhaps it is this sense of timing which was absent from Spielberg's recreation, all rushed in to make it more accessible to a modern audience though visually pleasing and equally masterful.
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