Asterix and the Banquet

Paperback | April 29, 2004

byRENÉ GOSCINNY, Albert Uderzo

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Gaul, now France, has always been famous for its food and drink - so when, for a bet with the Romans, Asterix and Obelix travel round collecting local delicacies they start on the journey home with all sorts of goodies. First, however, they must outwit the thieves Villanus and Unscrupulus. And who's that little dog who has been following them all the way?

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Gaul, now France, has always been famous for its food and drink - so when, for a bet with the Romans, Asterix and Obelix travel round collecting local delicacies they start on the journey home with all sorts of goodies. First, however, they must outwit the thieves Villanus and Unscrupulus. And who's that little dog who has been followi...

Rene Goscinny was born in Paris in 1926, and spent most of his childhood in Argentina, before eventually moving to Paris in 1951. He died in 1977. Albert Uderzo was born in 1927 in a small village in Marne, France. He met Rene Goscinny in 1951 and on 29 October 1959 their most famous creation, Asterix, made his first appearance on page...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:48 pages, 11.5 × 8.5 × 0.25 inPublished:April 29, 2004Publisher:Hachette Children'sLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0752866095

ISBN - 13:9780752866093

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Tour de France, Asterix style, I decided to re-read all the Asterix books I'd read, and read the ones I hadn't, back in 2004. I had gotten through most of them by 2005, but three eluded me. I tracked down Mansions of the Gods in 2007, but Asterix the Legionary and Asterix and the Banquet, for some reason, have been well-nigh impossible to find. I try to get them through Interlibrary Loan twice a year or so, on the off chance one of the very few libraries that actually have copies will have one in stock. I struck it lucky this time, and got hold of Asterix and the Banquet. Only one to go! This is another geography-lesson issue, with Asterix and Obelix touring France and picking up local delicacies in order to win a bet with a Roman prefect. There is, of course, a plethora of opportunities for bad puns, silly jokes, and all the other hallmarks of the series. (It has also been noted that this book marks the first appearance of Dogmatix.) Fun stuff. If you like the rest of the series, this one's a gimme.
Date published: 2009-08-07

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The Asterix books represent the very summit of our achievement as a literary race. In Asterix one finds all of human life. The fact that the books were written originally in French is no matter. I have read them all in many languages and, like all great literature, they are best in English. Anthea Bell and Derek Hockridge, Asterix's translators since the very beginning, have made great books into eternal flames.-THE TIMES