Asterix and the Falling Sky

Paperback | September 21, 2006

byRENÉ GOSCINNY, Albert Uderzo

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The Gauls have only one fear: that the sky may fall on their heads tomorrow. But tomorrow never comes, says Chief Vitalstatistix. Or does it? It looks as if it's come at last for Asterix, Obelix and the other villagers. And some surprising new characters fall along with the sky. Our friends soon find themselves in the middle of a space race...

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The Gauls have only one fear: that the sky may fall on their heads tomorrow. But tomorrow never comes, says Chief Vitalstatistix. Or does it? It looks as if it's come at last for Asterix, Obelix and the other villagers. And some surprising new characters fall along with the sky. Our friends soon find themselves in the middle of a ...

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:September 21, 2006Publisher:Hachette Children'sLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0752875485

ISBN - 13:9780752875484

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Missing the wit and charm of the old Asterix series; instead, this one has racist undertones Rene Goscinny was the storyteller for the original Asterix series, while Albert Uderzo was the illustrator. Since Goscinny's demise, Uderzo has taken on both the tasks himself. Unfortunately, Uderzo's storytelling leaves much to be desired. The result is that in the latest installments of Asterix' adventures, including "Asterix and the Falling Sky", the illustrations are as good as they used to be, but the actual story has suffered heavily. The plots are nowhere close to what Goscinny could conjure up; most missed is the subtle, sly humor that made Asterix so enjoyable to me and my friends growing up. Nevertheless, this is still Asterix, and I almost enjoyed reading the Falling Sky. It is actually better, in my opinion, than "Asterix and the Secret Weapon" - another all-Uderzo affair. Normally I would have given it 4 or 5 stars. However, I was dismayed by what I figured out to be thinly-veiled disparagement of certain ethnicities in the Falling Sky adventure. The bad alien in here has the complexion and facial features very similar to people from some Oriental ethnicities, and there is dialogue about how they are jealous of the good aliens (represented by popular Disney characters, with a name that is an anagram of "Walt Disney" .. you figure out which society is being referred to here), and how the bad aliens try to steal the ideas and technologies of the good aliens. Normally I don't read too much into such things, but taken together, this is impossible to ignore or wave off as mere coincidence (I am still hoping that I am wrong here). Racial/ethnic stereotyping is never acceptable, but when it creeps into an adventure of a much-beloved comic hero, especially when the adventure is written in the 21st century, it is simply reprehensible. I am deeply disappointed, and forced to give it a single star.
Date published: 2009-08-08

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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