Asterix and the Soothsayer (1972)

Le devin

A+O's predictions tend to come true


Presenting a pretentious thematic undercurrent...

Highly sceptical critique of fortune-tellers, the stance being that they are all charlatans who prey on people's superstitions.

The Gauls' adaptibility to each threat is contrsted with Roman rigidity. (Kessler)

Notable Nomenclature...

Continuity; lack thereof and other gaffes…

Cleverness and contemporaneity…

Those charlatan divination methods in full…

Obelix has a tender side...

Flattered by the soothsayer to believe that he is a great warrior with red pigtails - to the extent that he makes a pass to put the cuckhold's horns on Geriatrix (pp 16 and 40).

Good or what?

Quite good.

Not particularly funny, but a moderately effective story. Prolix the false soothsayer is quite likeable (always a sign of good story telling to have a half-way-sympathetic bad guy) - one admires his cheek in getting the villagers to bring him cakes and beer to read; and sympathises with his no-win attempts to persuade the Romans he really isn't a soothsayer. There's a sort of poetic justice in the fact that he gets off - more or less - scot free.