The Castafiore Emerald
Here we go again: ANOTHER FAVOURITE! Seriously, I can swap any of my top three around at any time and call each of them my "yes-this-one-is-really-my-favourite" favourite Tintin book. However, I do consider Castafiore Emerald
the winner of a particular category-- in that it is, to me and bar none, the funniest
book in the series.
For ages I've called this a mix of Oscar Wilde and Agatha Christie and...well, Hergé. There are so many hijinks and so much wit packed into every page that it's almost overwhelming, and the suspense mounts and the clues and red herrings pile on until you're certain
he can't add anything else...and he does. YET. NOTHING. ACTUALLY. HAPPENS. Brilliance? For me, yes. That's what Hergé set out to do in this installment, to write a Tintin book where nothing happens. The mystery never pans out, the suspects are innocents, there are no dastardly villains out to make Tintin's life miserable (although Haddock's life is pretty miserable in this one thanks to a certain Milanese Nightengale and a "sluggard of a builder")-- it's just one big, brilliant farce, and I love it to pieces.
If you want a little more adventure to your Tintin tales, this probably isn't the book for you. It's definitely unlike any other Tintin book --pretty much a deconstruction of a Tintin book, really-- and maybe that's not to everyone's taste. I know I can't resist this off-kilter comedy, and love everything from the missing step to the infuriating parrot to Paris Flash to cables (or were those wires?) to Super-Calcacolor and even "MERCY MY JEWELS!"
I'm actually a bit sad to get to this point in the series, for this is the last Tintin book that I REALLY enjoy, with the final two completed installments falling short for me. But on the other hand, it's almost time for the movie! "It's the emerald...it fell on the grass...and the grass is green..." "As green as grass!"Promo010203040506070809101112131415161718
--20The Adventures of Tintin is © HERGE/MOULINSART S.A. estate; I will not be personally profiting from ANY of this art