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In India, Tintin gets drawn into a dangerous mystery revolving around a madness-inducing poison. He traces its origins to Shanghai and a nefarious web of opium traffickers. But can he outwit the crooks?...

Title : The Blue Lotus
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ISBN : 9780749704650
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Number of Pages : 63 Pages
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The Blue Lotus Reviews

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    2019-03-04 18:53

    Le Lotus bleu = The Blue Lutos (Tintin, #5), Hergé تاریخ نخستین خوانش: سال 1978 میلادیعنوان: گل آبی؛ عنوان دیگر: ماجراهای تن تن و میلو (نیلوفر آبی)؛ اثر هرژه؛ مترجم: اسمردیس؛ تهران، ونوس، 1357؛ در 70 ص؛عنوان: گل آبی؛ عنوان دیگر: ماجراهای تن تن و میلو (نیلوفر آبی )؛ اثر هرژه؛ مترجم: گروه نشر رایحه اندیشه؛ تهران، سیحون، چاپ دوم 1382؛ در 70 ص؛اولین کتابی که چهره‌ ای جدی و سیاسی از تن‌ تن ارائه شده همین کتاب گل آبی ست که در سال 1936 میلادی به چاپ رسید. در این کتاب که برخی از آن به عنوان یکی از بهترین کارهای هرژه نام می‌برند، ایشان مطالعات تاریخی وسیعی در مورد تاریخ جنگ چین و ژاپن انجام دادند و از کمکهای دوست خود که یک دانشجوی چینی در بلژیک بود، استفاده کرد. وی برای قدردانی از کمکهای دوستش، شخصیت چونگ چن چنگ را در کتاب گل آبی آفرید. ا. شربیانی

  • Kim
    2019-02-21 21:48

    After Tintin's travels in the Middle East and India he continues his investigation into the the mysterious drug-running organisation with the trial running into China. Set just prior to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria for the first time Hergé drops his European views and actually shows sympathy for the oppressed. Tintin teams up with the local Chinese to try and defeat the opium druglords and Japanese oppressors. He also dispels myths commonly held by Western society of the time which vilified the Chinese. That's not to say this book is stereotype free. Most of the Japanese are stereotypically depicted with glasses and buck teeth but at least this time the villains actually were the villains. Onwards and upwards with more Tintin.

  • Oziel Bispo
    2019-03-15 20:01

    Tintin desta vez está na China... tentando desmantelar o tráfico internacional de ópio,com a ajuda de  uma sociedade secreta  chamada “Os filhos do dragão”.Tintin também tenta  descobrir um antídoto para um poderoso veneno que deixa as pessoas malucas.O lótus azul é com certeza a mais famosa história de Hergé e tem um fundo histórico relacionado com o conflito entre Japão e China que ocorria na época.

  • Kavita
    2019-02-26 17:52

    This time, Tintin visits China and makes a short trip to India as well. The Blue Lotus refers to an opium den by the name. Tintin is called to Shanghai but when he starts sniffing out a drug trading ring, he is in danger. The book is also a strong indictment of the Japanese occupation of China. Hergé was highly influenced by one of his Chinese friends in the writing of this book.The stereotypical Chinese is fully represented in the story. But the satire in The Blue Lotus is brilliant and can still be identified with. The funniest part of the book was a scene at a club where a bunch of white men discuss the benevolence and cultural supremacy of the West - all the while behaving badly and completely clueless of their hypocrisy. Hergé does not bother to hide his disdain for colonialism in this book - which would definitely be confusing for anyone who has read Tintin in Congo!There are many funny moments in the book, especially when Thompson and Thomson show up. Unfortunately, my favourites, Bianca Castiafore and Captain Haddock do not make an appearance. Nevertheless, the story is delightful, the graphics are amazing, and Tintin solves the mystery in the end. Besides it's set in China, so how can I give it any less than five stars?

  • Dan Wilson
    2019-03-08 17:55

    This, the fifth entry in the Tintin series, is the first one with anti-racist content. Much of the essence of this story is Orientalist, and the presentation of both Chinese and Japanese characters is crude caricature. However, it is refreshing to see Tintin politely but firmly stand up to a racist British settler: "Your conduct is disgraceful, sir!" Likewise, Tintin and his new friend Chang have an exchange in which Tintin says that "different peoples don't know enough about each other," then shares some European stereotypes of Chinese people. Chang replies, "They must be crazy people in your country!!" It is good that Herge starts here to provide some correctives to the more backwards aspects of his work. Also helpful is the supplemental material provided by Little, Brown and Company. This supplement teaches us that this work marked the beginning of Herge's determination to base his stories on actual research about the countries and peoples depicted. It also shows that Herge's depiction of a false-flag incident used to justify Japanese invasion of China was based on the real-life Mukden Incident. Which is also to say that there is anti-imperialist content here. At this point, Herge's storytelling is getting more reality-based, complex and interesting, as well.

  • Huda Aweys
    2019-02-21 23:45

    قريتها من زمااااان جدا و موش فاكرة حاجه محددة عشان اقدر اكتبهالكم عنها فى المراجعه .. لكن اللى فاكراه من ايامها انى كنت باعشق السلسلة دى عموما من ساعة ما اكتشفتها في مكتبة المدرسة وسط قصص قديمة للأطفال ، و كانت اكتشافي الثاني أيامها في هذه المكتبة بعد اكتشافي الأول لـ (المغامرون الخمسة)، و كنت باحبها أكتر من (المغامرون ..):))

  • Marts(Thinker)
    2019-03-15 21:51

    Written around 1934 as a sequel to 'Cigars of the Pharaohs', in the 'Blue Lotus' Tintin's vacation in India is interrupted and he ends up in China during the time of Japanese occupation and in the midst of opium trafficking... Herge includes many real historical events of that time in this story...

  • Biondatina
    2019-03-22 01:40

    Tintin with Snowy company, interrupt their time to India to visit China on false alarm. But on his back he is caught on a ring of opium smugglers and has to investigate a madding-poison...but he is in danger. His enemies, the drug traders try to murder him several times, to frame him as spy or murderer. Tintin teams with an older Chinese to find the main drug deal behind the scenes and during the investigation makes a good friend Chang!The scene i liked more is when Tintin and Chang sharing the classic stereotypes about European and Chinese people!

  • Harish Kumar Challapalli
    2019-02-26 20:56

    As expected!! The plot is very intrigue!! It has a lot of incidents before the main plot starts, there are interesting twists!! This part is not very gripping like the first part!! The main antagonist was not revealed til the end and his role is very brief when compared to that of his in the previous episode! The allies of the main villain was given a lot of scope and their role was very constructively narrated!!I think u may not find this very much interesting and at the same time not very much boring!!

  • Michael Gerald
    2019-02-21 18:54

    This book immediately starts at the end of the Cigars of the Pharaoh. With this book, Herge becomes more provocative, as he takes on Japan's militarism and imperialism. The book was so stinging in its daring revelation of Japan's encroachments into China that the Japanese ambassador to Belgium (Herge was Belgian)filed a diplomatic protest. But Herge was right.

  • Nabila Tabassum Chowdhury
    2019-03-18 17:58

    ফারাওয়ের চুরুটের এর কাহিনী এখানে কন্টিনিউ করেছে। কিন্তু ফারাওয়ের চুরুটের মত এতটা মজার এবং ধরে রাখার মত ছিল না। তবে কম মজার এবং ধরে রাখার মত-ও ছিল না।

  • Nicholas Whyte
    2019-03-12 20:53[return][return]The Blue Lotus really is the first proper Tintin book - a huge step up from Cigars of the Pharaoh. Herg� takes Tintin to the real 1931 Japanese invasion of China, and is firmly and passionately on the side of the Chinese, both versus the Japanese and the Europeans in the Shanghai concession (one of whom in real life would have bee a very young J.G. Ballard). Apparently this came about because a priest who worked with Chinese students at Leuven contacted Herg� out of concern that the promised adventure in China would be as stereotypical as the previous volumes; and through him, Herg� met Zhang Chongren, who was effectively Herg�'s co-artist for the Chinese parts of the book, and is also the basis for the character of Chang here and in Tintin in Tibet. Suddenly the political orientation of Tintin has veered very sharply to the left.[return][return]But there's also a step change in quality of plotting and of art. There's one rather silly scene where Tintin hospitalises three burly guards, and Thomson and Thompson provide some slapstick comic relief, but otherwise this is a book that takes story-telling seriously and uses the right tools to do it in the right way. It's unfortunate in a way that it ties up some dangling plot strands from Cigars of the Pharaoh, because it is so much better.[return][return]I think I actually had not read it before - none of the incidents rang any bells for me, and I see that it was not translated into English until 1983 precisely because it was thought to be too firmly rooted in events of 1931 which would be unknown to today's younger readers. But in fact the themes of military domination and corrupt occupation are, unfortunately, pretty timeless.

  • Ashley Capes
    2019-02-27 00:59

    The Blue Lotus is a special one for a few reasons, it’s got a pretty fantastic cover and some wonderful large panels, especially when entering towns, and perhaps most important to the history of Tintin, the introduction of Chang – who becomes vital to a future adventure.Another twisty tale with some great double-bluffs, perhaps the most impressive thing about this one is the changes Herge makes to his research. The setting is much more accurately rendered in terms of dress and backdrops, characters on banners etc and a more balance view on race – where Tintin even discusses cultural misconceptions with his new friend Chang.Thomson & Thompson return with one of their best single panels – where they attempt to blend into the streets of Shanghai with predictable results. I also loved hearing Thompson (or Thomson?) using the word ‘botheration.’ Fantastic.There’s also some more instances of Herge’s fondness for alliteration (‘seventy-seven suffering samurais’) and some great night panels which always remind me of the ‘day for night’ shooting used in the older films (such as Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief.)Another great adventure!

  • Dan
    2019-03-05 17:53

    The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead of his time (Exploring the moon, Industrialization, South American political conflict, modern slave trade, extraterrestrial life) and he made certain every detail for every object would be realistic (after the third book at least). Herge's work can certainly be cited as an influence for any modern day graphic novel or comic book.

  • Michael Scott
    2019-03-11 17:34

    This wonderful book evokes a lot of memories... When I was a kid my parents sent me to learn French at one of the many Institute Francais spread around the world. It was difficult, boring, and none of my friends seemed to care about it. Looking back, perhaps the only reason I stuck with it was that the Institute had a wonderful library, and in that library there was the entire collection of the Adventures of Tintin Les Aventures de Tintin. I can't even begin to describe what I liked about this collection, so I'll say instead that this fantastic detective-story-cum-world-traveller is witty, humorous, and catching.Five stars, a must-read for everyone.

  • Roshini
    2019-03-09 21:39

    Loved this one! Picking up from where 'Cigars of the Pharaoh' left off, Tintin and Snowy continue on their adventure in Asia. The story moves faster in this one and ties up loose ends, all with a worthy climax. It's also interesting to witness the use of the political milieu of the time as the basis for the story. My favourite part was early on in the book when a group of white men at the 'Occidental' club are discussing the 'benevolence' of western civilisation. The satire is brilliant and this is the Herge we know and love, not the evil twin brother who wrote Tintin in Congo.

  • Thomas
    2019-03-04 22:32

    Action packed adventure stretching from England to India and on to Shanghai. Drug smugglers and crazy fakirs who try to through drug induced darts at people.

  • Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
    2019-03-13 18:39

    I remember this one. Humourous and engaging as always. Tintin was always my favourite as a kid!

  • Ian McHugh
    2019-03-05 18:58

    Loved this. Old Shanghai has never looked better. Nanjing Road as fields China has changed.

  • وائل المنعم
    2019-03-13 20:52

    عودة بعد غياب عدة أشهر لـ تان تان ومغامراته الممتعة. يتميز هذا العدد بألوانه ونزعته الإنسانية في موقفه من الصينين على عكس أول عددين بروحهم العنصرية.

  • Dion Yulianto
    2019-03-18 00:37

    Dari semua komik Tintin yang saya baca (yang jumlahnya belum melebihi angka 5), Lotus Biru adalah yang paling bagus.

  • أســامة
    2019-02-28 22:01

    قصص جميلة ومثيرة مثلما اِشتُهِر عنها..التقييم على التشويق والمغامرة في القصة،تنتمي مغامراتها للعالم الواقعي أحيانًا وأحيانًا أخرى يكون ممزوج بعالم الفانتازيا اللذيذولا شك بأن هناك اسقاطات منها على الواقع----------القصة مشهورة ووصلت مسامعي من فترة طويلة.. لكن كان عندي فكرة ان دي ماتعتبرش قصص وقراءة وكدهبس حبي لأني اجرب واكتشف حاجة جديدة خلاني اقراها وحلاوة القصة والمغامرة فيها خلاني انوي اخلص السلسلة

  • Farhana
    2019-03-04 17:44

    By this time Herge has been able to put up better conspiracy, propaganda and suspense in his stories :D. ১৯৩১ সালে চলমান জাপানিজ ট্রুপের চীনের সাংহাই বন্দর দখলের চেষ্টা , চীনে জাপানি অবরোধ প্রলম্বিত করার উদ্দেশ্যে শাংহাই- ন্যাংকিং রেইলট্র্যাকের অংশ বিশেষ বোমা দিয়ে উড়িয়ে দেওয়া এবং চীনের বিরুদ্ধে আরও বহুবিধ জাপানিজ প্রোপাগাণ্ডা গুলো হার্জ চমৎকার ভাবে তার এই গল্পটিতে তুলে ধরেছেন। এইসব ঘটনার জের ধরে পরিশেষে লীগ অব নেশনসে বিচার শুরু হলে ১৯৩৩ এ জাপান লীগ অব নেশনস পরিত্যাগ করে – মূল এই ঘটনাগুলোও হার্জ তার গল্পে রেখেছেন। এছাড়া বিভিন্ন দেশের/ এলাকার মানুষদের ব্যাপারে আমরা প্রায়ই যে জেনারালাইজড নেগেটিভ কিছু চিন্তা পোষণ করে থাকি সে ব্যাপারটিও টিনটিন আর তার নতুন বন্ধু চেং এঁর কথোপকথন থেকে উঠে এসেছে।

  • Tetty Marlinda
    2019-03-22 00:36

    #25 for 2018Genre: Children ComicLanjutan Cerutu Sang Pharaoh yang membawa Tintin dan Snowy berpetualang ke India dan berlanjut ke Shanghai, Cina. Seperti biasa Tintin mengalami percobaan pembunuhan dan penangkapan berkali-kali, dan pastinya selamat.

  • Augusto Bernardi
    2019-03-18 18:51

    I give this The Blue Lotus 5 stars because this is what I wanted Tintin to become. Herge has by now completely changed Tintin into an artistic, historically accurate, funny but not goofy, mysterious, detailed work of art and all the loose ends have been fixed so my expectations have been met so from here on out I shall only be surprised to see more. This volume continues the mystery from the previous volume The Cigars of the Pharaoh. To start with, this is the most striking and beautiful Tintin cover to date. A massive black chinese dragon on a vivid red background while Tintin and Snowy are hiding inside an traditional ornamental blue vase in the corner. Herge was inspired by a cover of A-Z magazine with the actress Anna May Wong in front of a 2D Chinese dragon. Not to mention this great name that is extremely mysterious.Tintin in this volume travels to Shanghai after he is a Chinese man is shot with a poison dart while trying to give Tintin a message. The best quality of this volume is the attention to detail Herge has in portraying the Chinese culture. Herge met sculpture student Chang Chong-Chen while writing this volume and was heavily influenced by his input. The calligraphy, the clothing, the typical Chinese paintings in the background, the street shops and stalls, the political scene,, the influences of OTHER countries in China (England and Japan), and even other countries perception of China and Chinese people. Tintin continues trying to discovery who is behind the multiple assassination attempts on his life and also who is also constantly trying to save him. He is eventually kidnapped and wakes up in a Chinese house and meets Wang chen yee, the head of the Sons of the dragon, a secret society dedicated to fight against the illegal opium trafficking. Basically the villains of the book are in the opium trade. Herge portrays a very accurate and realistic portrayal of corruption. Slight favors and tip offs from high ranking officials. This is another thing Herge has improved which is making everything more realistic. In previous 4 volumes of Tintin, there are far too many comical situations and cliches that are far more directed to a younger audience and in this one, Herge sheds the cultural stereotypes, has real and complex problems/threats and he doesn't escape them in some form of goofy, "cartoony" fashion which was my only critic on the previous volume. Keeps me genuinely interested and allows me to believe in the story and submerge myself as much as possible in 1935 Shanghai. There were still many jokes in the comic but they were much more subtle and witty. For example when Thompson and Thomson are dressed in traditional Chinese clothing and are trying to blend in but are oblivious to the huge laughing crowd behind them. No ridiculous superhuman abilities or reactions are needed in order to make it funny. Tintin eventually meets this young boy named Chang which Herge clearly pays tribute to his friend and influence Chang chong chen. Herge made a real effort to show how the rest of the world sees China and how they have influenced China. He shows the western technology like cars and weapons, the presence of the Japanese empire invading which shows the strong tensions between the 2 countries.I'm excited for the next one.

  • Michael
    2019-03-21 01:45

    The best of the Tintin stories so far (I'm reading and rating them in order of publication): Hergé has really hit his stride with The Blue Lotus.Nicely plotted with lots of intrigue to which we, the reader, are more privy than Tintin. An interesting device to increase narrative tension: "No, Tintin - don't trust him!"Hergé, it seems, seeks to atone for his previously less than flattering representation of non-European cultures by rather heavy-handedly debunking some then-prevalent stereotypes of Chinese culture. However, it's well-intentioned and forgiveable. The depiction of his Chinese characters is sympathetic, and they are contrasted most favourably against the corrupt Western Chief-of-Police and the brutally racist and vindictive American businessman. However, there's still a touch of "demonising" in his treatment of his Japanese characters.The Blue Lotus is more firmly rooted in the real world than the previous stories, drawing upon actual events and the political situation between China and Japan in the early 1930s, adding depth to what is, after all, a children's story (but an increasingly intelligent one).The prat-falling Thomson and Thompson are again the main comic relief.

  • Dan
    2019-03-08 01:56

    The Tintin stories for anyone who has read them and understands their history can't be viewed as anything other than groundbreaking. The beginnings of these stories have been around as long as the Lord of the Rings, the illustration and environments in the Tintin books are accurate and extremely detailed. Anyone who has spent even a little time exploring Herge (Georges Remi) can see the painstaking research and adversity he worked through to compose the world around Tintin. His ideas were ahead of his time (Exploring the moon, Industrialization, South American political conflict, modern slave trade, extraterrestrial life) and he made certain every detail for every object would be realistic (after the third book at least). Herge's work can certainly be cited as an influence for any modern day graphic novel or comic book.

  • Maz
    2019-02-21 00:57

    This is one of all-time favourite Tintin books. I even have a ceramic replica of Tintin climbing out of the Oriental vase at The Blue Lotus, which is an iconic Tintin image. Compared to the previous Tintin instalments, the drawing seems more detailed, especially in the backgrounds. Also, make no mistake...this not really a children's book, as it explores some pretty 'adult' themes, e.g. The fight against racism and racial stereotypes, madness, and political/ media manipulation by the Japanese, which is apparently based on real-life historical events. Tintin also forms a strong bond with a young Chinese boy (Chang), who was apparently based on one of Herge's real-life friends.

  • Feather Mista
    2019-03-07 01:58

    Creo que en esta historia Hergé empieza a pulir las bases para esa gran historieta que terminaría siendo Tintín. Acá, en vez de armar a sus personajes extranjeros en base a estereotipos prefabricados, el autor por lo menos se tomó la molestia de hacerse un amigo chino para meterse un poco más en la cultura oriental, e incluso se burla de los prejuicios dentro de la misma historia. Y aunque después caería de nuevo en varios estereotipos nefastos, sobre todo a la hora de recorrer América del Sur, el Loto Azul da un salto cualitativo más que notorio.

  • Adan
    2019-02-25 21:36

    Finally, Tintin actually does something that isn't just a coincidence! Hooray! The Japanese characters are pretty racist here, but this was right around the onset of World War II. Also, Herge fictionalizes the Mukden Incident with similar consequences in his story: the Japanese blow up a railway line, blame it on Chinese rebels, and use it as an excuse to bring more troops into China. In real life, this led to the Japanese annexation of Manchuria.