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The Calculus Affair (Adventures of Tintin)

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A book by Herge

Of Herge's many Tintin adventures,The Calculus Affairis generally considered the crown jewel. The intricate plot concerns Professor Calculus, who has stumbled upon an invention of devastating possibilities. Naturally the Bordurians will stop at nothing … see full wiki

Author: Herge
Genre: Children's Books
Publisher: French & European Pubns
1 review about The Calculus Affair (Adventures of Tintin)

Probably the best in the entire Tintin series!

  • Dec 24, 2010
After seventeen successful adventures, Tintin's reputation as an adventurer, world traveler and intrepid reporter is solid and his sterling character as a dependable, forthright, stalwart young man is well established. His friendships with an oft-times inebriated Captain Haddock and the intensely deaf but entirely endearing Professor Calculus are an integral part of each story in the ever lengthening Tintin canon. At this point, what is Hergé to do but pull a rabbit out of his hat and produce what is probably the most complex and exciting Tintin adventure to date.

THE CALCULUS AFFAIR is the exciting story of the good professor's development of a devastating ultrasonic weapon and the resulting struggle to kidnap Calculus and hijack the weapon by rival terrorist teams from Borduria and Syldavia. The fast-paced tale is interspersed with hilarious comedic moments centered on Wagg, a completely annoying and utterly obnoxious insurance salesman, with the thick skin of a rhinoceros able to withstand and shrug off the onslaught of Haddock's most colourful and vitriolic nautical invective.

A return cameo appearance by the eardrum busting opera soprano, Bianca Castafiore, kidnapping, gunplay, espionage, counter-espionage, high speed chases, fistcuffs and pratfalls all told and illustrated in Hergé's inimitable style, the usual outrageous wordplay that leaps off the springboard of Calculus's deafness, laugh out loud comedic interludes and much more make THE CALCULUS AFFAIR one of the most delightful stories in the entire Tintin repertoire.

Highly recommended.

Paul Weiss

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December 24, 2010
Yes I agree this is one of the best one's, a Masterpiece.
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