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« Reply #100 on: June 10, 2022, 07:35:43 AM »
An interesting choice and it reminds me I ought to resume reading the Tintin adventures. I have them all in French and was working my way through them but for no real reason came to a halt. I have the animated series derived from the Casterman Edition; it is excellent but I miss Milou's 'thought bubbles', the best of these is in Vol 714 Pour Sydney but I won't spoil it for anyone who hasn't already read it.
I think that there was a 'Golden Period' of Tintin in the 1950s and early 60s which included 'The Calculus Affair' (hilarious helicopter sequence over Lake Geneva), 'Tintin in Tibet' and 'The Castafiore Emerald'. I also like 'The Seven Crystal Balls' and its sequel 'Prisoners of the Sun'. I think that I started a Tintin thread some years ago. I was furious when my mother threw my whole collection out (other than 'The Red Sea Sharks') when I was at university - I had to buy them all again as an adult  >:D
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« Reply #101 on: June 10, 2022, 07:59:38 PM »
A slightly related issue (for me) is that books for children tend to have a lot of illustrations whereas books for adult readers have few or no illustrations. Personally I don’t think this is a good idea/custom. Sophisticated, artistic illustrations in books for adults would enhance the impact of stories as well as the artistic quality of whole books. The price would increase for such books with illustrations, but I would gladly pay for higher price.

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« Reply #102 on: June 11, 2022, 04:20:40 AM »
A slightly related issue (for me) is that books for children tend to have a lot of illustrations whereas books for adult readers have few or no illustrations. Personally I don’t think this is a good idea/custom. Sophisticated, artistic illustrations in books for adults would enhance the impact of stories as well as the artistic quality of whole books.

Agreed.

I think, though, that in the 19th century things were different, at least in France, where Gustave Doré illustrated Dante, Cervantes, Balzac, Poe, Coleridge and Jules Verne's novels were published with illustrations.
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« Reply #103 on: June 11, 2022, 04:49:58 AM »
I don't mind illustrations (years ago I got The hobbit and Lord of the Rings with illustrations). But I don't miss them at all. Probably cannot shake that as a kid "real" books were without illustrations ;)
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« Reply #104 on: June 11, 2022, 05:10:56 AM »
I am not sure I would want to see illustrations for some Cormac McCarthy novels.
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« Reply #105 on: June 11, 2022, 05:13:14 AM »
I am not sure I would want to see illustrations for some Cormac McCarthy novels.

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« Reply #106 on: June 11, 2022, 05:38:48 AM »
I am not sure I would want to see illustrations for some Cormac McCarthy novels.

Blood Meridian, the Children's Edition with illustrations and an included coloring book. :D

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« Reply #107 on: June 11, 2022, 05:53:18 AM »
Agreed.

I think, though, that in the 19th century things were different, at least in France, where Gustave Doré illustrated Dante, Cervantes, Balzac, Poe, Coleridge and Jules Verne's novels were published with illustrations.

These works with illustrations must have been marvelous!

Crime and Punishment, Red and Black etc with bunch of illustrations will be gorgeous!

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« Reply #108 on: June 11, 2022, 08:16:07 AM »
Agreed.

I think, though, that in the 19th century things were different, at least in France, where Gustave Doré illustrated Dante, Cervantes, Balzac, Poe, Coleridge and Jules Verne's novels were published with illustrations.

I think there were some particularly good illustrations for The Arabian Nights. And I would like to see more for Les Miserables -- look at the Thernardiers



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« Reply #109 on: June 11, 2022, 08:20:19 AM »


This strikes me as rather ambiguous. I mean, Mme Thenardier does look no less like a man than her husband.  ;D
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« Reply #110 on: June 11, 2022, 09:24:52 AM »
Blood Meridian, the Children's Edition with illustrations and an included coloring book. :D
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« Reply #111 on: June 11, 2022, 10:28:24 AM »
This strikes me as rather ambiguous. I mean, Mme Thenardier does look no less like a man than her husband.  ;D
Maybe on purpose. She is an absolute bastard, IIRC, egging on her husband in his evil deeds. Of course they are also to be pitied in their desolate poverty but they are mostly a miserable, petty criminal couple, if I am not totally mistaken. They took lots of money from Fantine (who had to prostitute herself to come up with the money) and still treated her daughter like hell. They are more repulsive than Javert who is obsessed with catching Valjean but this is his job, a bit overzealous maybe.
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« Reply #112 on: June 11, 2022, 12:39:55 PM »
I think there were some particularly good illustrations for The Arabian Nights. And I would like to see more for Les Miserables -- look at the Thernardiers


I especially like the illustrations of the Arabian Nights, as well as Rubaiyat, by Edmund Dulac.




 












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« Reply #113 on: June 12, 2022, 01:54:33 AM »
I think that there was a 'Golden Period' of Tintin in the 1950s and early 60s which included 'The Calculus Affair' (hilarious helicopter sequence over Lake Geneva), 'Tintin in Tibet' and 'The Castafiore Emerald'. I also like 'The Seven Crystal Balls' and its sequel 'Prisoners of the Sun'. I think that I started a Tintin thread some years ago. I was furious when my mother threw my whole collection out (other than 'The Red Sea Sharks') when I was at university - I had to buy them all again as an adult  >:D

I said 'an interesting choice' because I thought The Castafiore Emerald was one of the weaker stories. Of course, all the adventures have their great moments of humour and brilliant artwork. Tintin in Tibet is a fine story but I am not sure of my favourite.

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« Reply #114 on: June 12, 2022, 02:54:50 AM »
This strikes me as rather ambiguous. I mean, Mme Thenardier does look no less like a man than her husband.  ;D

When I was a child in Manchester there were women who looked like that, tough women who'd worked in the dark satanic mills from the age of 14. Northern women have a reputation for being ball breakers. I don't know if you get Coronation Street in Romania, it was a cult TV series of the 1960s and onwards, set in working class Salford. There was a character called Ena Sharples who looks a bit like that Thenardier image



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« Reply #115 on: June 12, 2022, 02:57:32 AM »
When I was a child in Manchester there were women who looked like that, tough women who'd worked in the dark satanic mills from the age of 14. Northern women have a reputation for being ball breakers. I don't know if you get Coronation Street in Romania, it was a cult TV series of the 1960s and onwards, set in working class Salford. There was a character called Ena Sharples who looks a bit like that Thenardier image



Yes, this Ena Sharples is quite masculine too.  :)
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« Reply #116 on: June 12, 2022, 03:30:42 AM »
My favorite illustrated books are Der Ring by P. Craig Russel



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« Reply #117 on: June 12, 2022, 05:08:01 AM »
My favorite illustrated books are Der Ring by P. Craig Russel


Nice illustrations!

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« Reply #118 on: June 12, 2022, 05:22:11 AM »
I especially like the illustrations of the Arabian Nights, as well as Rubaiyat, by Edmund Dulac.




 










Yes it would be nice to get an edition with these illustrations. In Proust, there’s a lot of talk about a dinner service illustrated with Arabian Nights scenes. I’d like a dinner service like that!
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« Reply #119 on: June 12, 2022, 07:30:42 AM »
I said 'an interesting choice' because I thought The Castafiore Emerald was one of the weaker stories. Of course, all the adventures have their great moments of humour and brilliant artwork. Tintin in Tibet is a fine story but I am not sure of my favourite.
I didn't like the The Castafiore Emerald at all as a kid, I still find it too "meta-level".
My favorite is probably "The Calculus Affair" and the "Double" with the Treasure of Rackham. Tim in Tibet was supposed to be Hergé's own favorite but I think that was also connected to his personal situation (divorce and depression or so)
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