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    Rene Goscinny(Author) Albert Uderzo(Author)

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When Cacofonix the bard is taken to Rome as a present for Julius Caesar, Asterix and Obelix set out to rescue him, sailing with master salesman Ekonomikrisis, the Phoenician merchant. How do our Gaulish friends come to end up training as gladiators? The next Games in the Circus Maximus are not quite what Caesar and the Roman public expect...

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" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • By SofaJockey on 8 August 2004

    'Asterix the Gladiator' is the 4th of 31 adventures published between 1961and 2001; This adventure is from 1964. It has it all: Bad singing, a unique use for Parsley, a Chariot race to equal Ben Hur and cutting edge Gladiator training (minus Russell Crowe). Asterix and Obelix travel to Rome to rescue their Druid Cacofonix from a fatal encounter with the Lions in the Colloseum. Cocofonix is treated with serious disrespect most of the time because of his appalling singing, but the Gauls pull together when 'one of their own' is under threat. There is no real peril for Cacofonix as we know that rescue is inevitably on the way. As usual, Asterix and Obelix impose their Gallic attitude wherever they are; the Romans just have to make way (as does the water in the Roman baths). This is the best adventure yet, and for me rates in the top 10 of the 31 adventures. This new re-inked and re-coloured edition brings new life to the story. My original 1969 edition was not badly produced, but clothing colour was originally inconsistent with later adventures, and this has now been corrected. Fully deserving of five stars.

  • By Roymatt on 19 March 2015

    I've been a great Asterix fan for nearly 50 years.Sadly, I lost all my original books some years ago so I'm now collecting them again, from book 1.I love the re-coloured versions of the early books as it brings them more into line with the newer ones.Ok - not original, but I prefer the better colouring.Books 1, 2 and 3 have been done brilliantly - this one - not quite so good.It does appear to have been re-coloured in a bit of a rush, and not as neatly, or as sharply as the others.Still a superb book though that I'm pleased to have.Great story too....

  • By ulumagila on 22 October 2010

    In the 70's, Asterix was cult:resisting Roman imperialism, and succeed!Extremely funny also the Romans with their subtleresistance -- and hereby undermining! -- towardsCaesar's aspirations.This is funny on so many levels: the personal (watchthe look on the face of Caesar's son!), the social,the political, the economic --giving an intelligentfunny description how things function. Because it isso well researched, on learns also something abouthistory.Highly recommended!

  • By Mr. DW JONES on 19 April 2014

    The Asterix stories never cease to make me laugh. The witty storyline along with excellent cartoon work is a great double act... Just as much as the heros themselves. The liberties taken by the English translations turn these books into a fantastic and hilarious read. By the way... The Romans are crazy...

  • By Lauren A on 28 November 2011

    bought for a university course. An enjoyable and easy read. Paper back, as expected, and arrived on time. Great quality. Cheapest I could find and a great buy considering the hard back addition is £15 upwards!!


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