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It was a joy to go back to the Tintin stories and look at them through a new lens The earlier chapters here, regarding political contexts and especially the roles transmission, mis reception, etc play in the stories were most compelling to me Some of the later sections the Castafiore s Clit chapter, in particular felt a bit strained at times just as fascinating, but a bit further from the text, which wasn t a problem but it did make them feel a bit less urgent for lack of a better word It was a joy to go back to the Tintin stories and look at them through a new lens The earlier chapters here, regarding political contexts and especially the roles transmission, mis reception, etc play in the stories were most compelling to me Some of the later sections the Castafiore s Clit chapter, in particular felt a bit strained at times just as fascinating, but a bit further from the text, which wasn t a problem but it did make them feel a bit less urgent for lack of a better word Only for total Tintin experts who are also academics. @READ DOWNLOAD ⚦ Tintin and the Secret of Literature Ì Herge s Tintin adventures have been translated intothanlanguages and read by tens of millions Arguing that their characters are as strong and their plots as complex as any dreamt up by the great novelists, Tom McCarthy asks a simple question is Tintin literature What a delightfully indulgent read that whetted every one of my literary appetites Top marks for being well written, well presented and well entertaining, regardless of being at times or rather a good majority thoroughly pretentious and far fetched I had fun reading it, and I suspect Tom McCarthy had evenfun writing it. This is an interesting read I ve been reading the Tintin books for decades and was not quite sure what to make of all the profoundly deep insights which Mr McCarthy presents in this book I m hard pressed to imagine that all of the themes and ideas that Mr McCarthy sees in the series were intended by Herg when he was writing them Still, I do subscribe to a school of thought that some such symbolism can be brought to a work by it s creator on a subliminal level So, I do think that there is This is an interesting read I ve been reading the Tintin books for decades and was not quite sure what to make of all the profoundly deep insights which Mr McCarthy presents in this book I m hard pressed to imagine that all of the themes and ideas that Mr McCarthy sees in the series were intended by Herg when he was writing them Still, I do subscribe to a school of thought that some such symbolism can be brought to a work by it s creator on a subliminal level So, I do think that there is something to what Mr McCarthy is saying, I m just not sure how much.All that being said, without giving anything away, I found the insights which Mr McCarthy had to share concerning Herg s own genealogical history, and the overt nods to it that Herg included in the Tintin books, to be profoundly interesting wow I had heard something of this somewhere before, but this was the first time I had read about it so explicitly and I found it most interesting It is hardly the focal point of this book, but it is definitely the aspect of reading it which I found most compelling and thought provoking It seems that whole books have been published on the subject of Herg s family tree and its connection to the Tintin books, but alas, they are all in French So at the very least, thank you Mr McCarthy for enlightening me on this remarkable subject.Overall, if you have enjoyed the Tintin books as a child and or as an adult, this is an interesting and relatively quick and easy read whether you agree with the author s insights or not Unlike some other reviewers, I don t think it is going to change the way I see Tintin or any of the other characters But it will definitely change the way I think about Herg s own family history, and that is something about which I would like to learn I may be sorry to write this but I found this book to be wrong and twisted in many ways It is wrong on many levels and twisted in all the wrong places I think it all starts with the title, which is somehow misleading Yes, McCarthy begins by questioning whether Tintin comics can be considered literature and what literature ultimately is and yes, he eventually comes to the conclusion that Tintin itself is the perfect embodiment for some literary theories But everything in between is mostly un I may be sorry to write this but I found this book to be wrong and twisted in many ways It is wrong on many levels and twisted in all the wrong places I think it all starts with the title, which is somehow misleading Yes, McCarthy begins by questioning whether Tintin comics can be considered literature and what literature ultimately is and yes, he eventually comes to the conclusion that Tintin itself is the perfect embodiment for some literary theories But everything in between is mostly unrelated to this quest.Tintin and the Secret of Literature is basically a long and circular discussion on Herg s possible aristocratic origins and just like McCarthy points that Thomson and Thompson are constantly going in circles in the desert, so does he He s just going round and round the idea that everything in the Tintin comics has a subliminal meaning pointing at Herg s belief that he was the grandson of the king of Belgium Of course, this secret is most suitable conveyed via sexual metaphors and subtle irony Who knows, maybe in fifty years from now, someone will produce a body of work claiming that what McCarthy was really doing here was hiding the clues of his unacknowledged royal past And this will be found out while trying to figure out whether this Tintin and the secret of Literature was literature itself.There are some interesting parts in this book, though The first two chapters are a rather insightful overview into Herg s life and personality and is alreadythan enough a lesson on his inner demons The last chapter also pointed to an interesting discussion on the originality on Tintin adventures and literature in general Unfortunately, the interest evaporates as the author dwells, once , into his Tintin delusions, this time overexplaining the plot of a fictional opera based on The Catasfiore Emerald And that s all Everything else in the book is just tedious and uninteresting.More than sorry for writing all this, I am sorry for having wasted my time on this book and for letting it spoil my love for Tintin adventures I don t know if I ll ever be able to enjoy them without thinking of all this rubbish Anyway, I m happy I only borrowed this book from the library and didn t pay for it Unreadable Literary masturbation McCarthy has definitely read his share of the comics, and he has attempted a microscopic analysis However, his method and conclusions were questionable to say the least His use of psychoanalysis lookedas a way to make pre teen dirty jokes than anything serious his interpretation of Castafiore s emerald was quite on the ridiculous side, for instance , I doubt he had researched some double entendres which are nowhere to be found in the French originals, and the relations between Herge and McCarthy has definitely read his share of the comics, and he has attempted a microscopic analysis However, his method and conclusions were questionable to say the least His use of psychoanalysis lookedas a way to make pre teen dirty jokes than anything serious his interpretation of Castafiore s emerald was quite on the ridiculous side, for instance , I doubt he had researched some double entendres which are nowhere to be found in the French originals, and the relations between Herge and royalty well, it was stretching things really far away If psychoanalytic cultural theory is your thing you may get some enjoyment out of it Otherwise, stay clear and re read your Tintins if you want to getinsight on the series A very intriguing work, to say the least For anyone who spent years studying the humanities, attempting to draw links from the most intangible evidence in film and literature, this book will instantly appeal to their cheeky side A lot of it is clearly based on the old scholar s mantra of choose a position first, find the evidence later , and I m sure that if you took any author s oeuvre of an equivalent size, you d be able to find a similar number of connections.However, I honestly don t mean A very intriguing work, to say the least For anyone who spent years studying the humanities, attempting to draw links from the most intangible evidence in film and literature, this book will instantly appeal to their cheeky side A lot of it is clearly based on the old scholar s mantra of choose a position first, find the evidence later , and I m sure that if you took any author s oeuvre of an equivalent size, you d be able to find a similar number of connections.However, I honestly don t mean to sound negative there s a lot to enjoy here Any fan of Herge s series will have to take a little away from this at the least, with McCarthy drawing intriguing parallels between various modes of literary analysis and philosophy, and the 24 albums in the Tintin canon The Castafiore s Clit section is perhaps the most convincing, while his in depth probing into the Haddock family history is inspired.I wasn t convinced by a great deal of this book, and there were sections I thought were absolute balderdash, but surely that is true of any academic study of literature Here s to McCarthy for writing this intriguing work And if nothing else, perhaps THAT is the secret of literature that we can make any answer out of it that we will One final thought I heartily agree with McCarthy that The Castafiore Emerald may be the pardon the pun jewel in Herge s crown The most surprising thing was to read reviews of McCarthy s book which denounced his opinions, on the basis that Emerald is a cosmic bore Really My, this wasinteresting At times it was insightful or at least presented interesting patterns and tropes within the Tintin books beyond a certain point I thought it crossed over into dubious over analysis, though Too much of the Derrida technique of playing around with ambiguous phrases until you can give anything any meaning.