Friday, April 16, 2021

The Real Hergé: The Inspiration Behind Tintin by Sian Lye -- BOOK BEGINNINGS



It is a gorgeous spring week here in Portland, but a crazy busy one for me, work-wise. I'm off to my first face-to-face office meeting in a long time. Thanks to the lovely weather, we can meet outside. And I can walk to the meeting. All in all, a terrific way to spend the day. I hope yours is as nice!

Before I head out, here is my belated Book Beginning post. Sorry I didn't get it up last evening. 

Here on Book Beginnings on Fridays, participants share the first sentence (or so) of the book they are reading or want to highlight this week. Leave a link to your blog or social media post in the Linky box below. Use the hashtag #bookbeginnings is you share on social media. 


Hergé, otherwise known as Georges Prosper Remi, is one of the best-loved authors in history, yet also one of the most controversial.

-- The Real Hergé: The Inspiration Behind Tintin by Sian Lye. I admit I didn't read Tin Tin books as a kid, although I saw the charm in them as I grew older. But this new biography of the popular Belgian author caught my eye. His life sound interesting and I want to read more. 


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Freda at Freda's Voice hosts another teaser event on Fridays. Participants share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of the book they are reading -- or from 56% of the way through the audiobook or ebook. Please visit Freda's Voice for details and to leave a link to your post.

Hergé denied any accusations of anti-Semitism or bias towards the Nazis, and it was thirty years after the book was published that he would admit that part of The Shooting Star concerned the rivalry for progress between Europe in the United States. 

At the point the comic strip was published, Hergé's brother was still imprisoned in Germany, and according to one of Paul Remi's classmates, Albert Dellicour, who was imprisoned with him, Hergé's depictions in Le Soir caused a great deal of anger in the prison camp.

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