Wednesday, 23 March 2011

flash review

Tintin in the New World: A Romance
Frederic Tuten

Tuten's novel explores Tintin's transformation from an idol of untouched youthfulness and innocence to a fickle adult, plagued by earthly appetites, desires, and longings. Tuten's prose and plot are most accomplished in the extended and surreal dream Tintin shares with his new love. Here, Tuten recreates the excitement and adventure of Hergé's Tintin, while also heightening this style with language that is both beautiful and mystifying. The most interesting aspect of this novel is that Tintin does not end up where you would expect: Rather than being bogged down in the muck of an adulthood defined by the interests and limitations of the body, Tintin passes through the corporeality of the grown-up world to become a transcendental figure, speaking a universal and forgotten tongue and communing with a universe that is now transparent.

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