Asterix and the Banquet (1965)

Le tour de Gaule

A&O are gluttons for adventure.


Presenting a pretentious thematic undercurrent...

Satire directed against used-car salesmen and the French postal service.

Notable Nomenclature...

Continuity; lack-thereof and other gaffes...

Cleverness and contemporaneity...

Non-PC World

Lots of affectionate digs at contemporary French regional traits - many of which will be lost to the English-speaking reader, e.g. the tendency of Normandy-residents to offer ambiguous answers to questions.

Obelix has a tender side...

A buxom landlady appraises Obelix with the words 'At last a Gaul who isn't skinny'. The rotund-one blushes for two full frames (p28).

Classic Pegleg...

Victrix causa diis placuit sed victa catoni = The victorious cause pleases the gods, but the conquered one pleases Cato (Lucian, Bellum Civile I.128).

Redbeard's Retort...

"I don't go overboard for your sense of humour. You'd better go about looking for a new job!"

Good or what?

Good.

For all that the story seems to depend on some very insular references, this is wonderful stuff. It lacks the comedic brilliance of some later stories, but is nonetheless carried along by a tremendous chauvinistic joy de vivre about the Gauls' home country. Best Asterix book up to that point.