Book Review – Asterix in Belgium
Thanks Karen for lending me this.
The second ever Asterix story I ever had been this one and when my eldest found it at friends and showed me I had to read it again. And like those years ago, I thoroughly, thoroughly loved it. In fact, right now, I cannot think of one I like(d) more.
This is the 24th volume (1980) of the series and follows Chief Vitalstatistix, Asterix, Obelix and little Dogmatix as they enter Belgium in an effort to find out why Caesar has called the Belgians the bravest people on the world instead of our heroes (although in reading almost the whole lot, I would have thought the Normans were).
Anyway, off topic somewhat…so as they meet with the chiefs a wager is made and the two villages went on the rampage destroying all things Roman in their path in an effort to prove their bravado to Caesar himself, and when he comes to find out what the hell is going on he brings a force with him to crush the uprising once and for all…and the rest, well you can guess.
In this one the usual plethora of humourous names is lacking somewhat but there are some gems as usual; Wolfgangamadeus the Roman Legate, Saintlouisblus a Roman soldier, Melancholix, Alcoholix, and Potbellix Belgian warriors, and the chief’s wife Bonanza.
Halfway through this volume Goscinny died – the point in time in the actual book can be seen as the sky turns darker and there is rain for the remainder of the story.
There is reference to some of Belgium’s famous meals – Brussels Sprouts, mussels, and of course French Fries (which were invented in this book).
Thompson and Thompson (of Tintin fame) appear. They are of course Belgian (and in fact the same font from Tintin is used when they speak).
The Manneken Pis also makes an appearance.