An Island Holiday 13 November Its been a while since I have written a review on an Asterix book, but that may have something to do with not getting my hands on any new Asterix books in quite a while. So, thus we begin a new adventure, this one set in Sunny Corsica, a place where if you happen to be a stranger you are definitely not welcome, and like a certain small section of Gaul, the Romans have established armed camps around the coast with some rather interesting names , but have basically not managed to penetrate the interior. Does that mean that the Corsicans happen to have a magic potion of their own? Nah, but rather because they tend to be pretty tribal, and the interior is so untamed that even seasoned Roman troops have a lot of difficulty navigating it.
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The Roman camp of Totorum, too, has visitors: three Roman soldiers escorting the Corsican leader Boneywasawarriorwayayix, exiled by Praetor Perfidius. While the other camps are deserted, the Romans of Totorum have no option but to stay and be decimated by the Gauls and their friends, who discover Boneywasawarriorwayayix awakening from a long siesta meaning sleep. The proud Boneywasawarriorwayayix attends the Gaulish banquet and leaves the next day for Corsica with Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix accompanying him.
At Massalia, he hires a ship crewed by none other than Captain Redbeard and his pirates. When the passengers go aboard it is too dark for the captain and the Gauls to recognise each other. But when, in the middle of the night, the pirates attempt to rob the Corsican and his three companions, they recognize the sleeping Gauls and the entire crew vacates the ship in a rowboat.
The following morning, the passengers awake to find the ship is deserted. Boneywasawarriorwayayix then invites the Gauls to share a pungent Corsican cheese. Unaccustomed to the strong smell, they feel unwell, but then the Corsican realises that they are off the coast of his native island, abandons the cheese and excitedly swims ashore.
The arrival of the three men and dog is noticed by a Roman patrol. The Romans later investigate the ship but find nothing suspicious. A keen young Roman called Courtingdisastus captures the pirate captain and takes him to Praetor Perfidius in the Roman city of Aleria. From him, the Romans learn that Boneywasawarriorwayayix, a known revolutionary leader, has returned from exile. Perfidius appoints Courtingdisastus to lead a party assigned to recapture Boneywasawarriorwayayix.
But in fact, Perfidius has few illusions that the mission will be successful and starts making his own plans to flee Corsica, leaving his men in the lurch and sailing away with all the loot he has purloined from the Corsicans. Meanwhile, the Corsican leader and the Gauls travel through the maquis to a rendezvous where several clan chieftains gather to plan their attack on Aleria to recover the wealth the Praetor has extracted from them.
The attack begins before Perfidius can make his escape. Boneywasawarriorwayayix then makes a proud and defiant speech stating that Corsica will never be ruled by an Emperor unless he is a Corsican himself.
After the victory over the Romans, a vendetta between the clans of Boneywasawarriorwayayix and Olabellamargaritix, fought over various but complicated age-old issues, is settled by the diplomatic Asterix though, when the Gauls leave, there are strong hints that other Corsican chieftains will resume the feud with Olabellamargaritix even if Boneywasawarriorwayayix has called his off.
The Gauls return home with fond memories of their trip. Notes[ edit ] Throughout the album the stereotypical laziness of the Corsicans is satirized, often in combination with their well known siesta.
A vendetta knife, similar to those used in Corsica. The importance to Corsicans of honor and respect is satirized several times, as are their vendettas and fights.
The knives they use are authentic vendetta knives. In the original French version Boneywasawarriorwayayix is called Ocatarinetabellachitchix. Asterix at one points pronounces his name incorrectly as "O Marinella Further in the comic strip the secret password the Gauls need to give in order to get on the ship that will bring them to Corsica is also a reference to Rossi. Ballot boxes being stuffed before the election starts is a reference to Corsican election frauds scandals.
Wild pigs , chestnuts used in many dishes and drinks on the island , old people sitting on benches commenting on things happening in their environment, and the notorious smell of Corsican cheese are referenced. This cheese is the infamous casgiu merzu which can be identified by the maggots springing away from the cheese as Boneywasawarriorwayayix attempts to slice it.
The famous bushes maquis where in past centuries many highwaymen and Corsican nationalists hid are referenced. It is also notorious as a place where tourists easily get lost. The Corsican emperor Napoleon Bonaparte is referenced in: The English name for Ocatarinetabellachitchix: "Boneywasawarriorwayayix", which is a reference to the sea chanty " Boney was a warrior" about Napoleon.
When Obelix mistakes his name in the English version he addresses him as "Wellingtonwasa Boneywasawarriorwayayix discovers Corsica is nearby by tasting the smell.
Napoleon once said he could recognize his island with his eyes closed, just by smelling its scent. Even during his exile in Elba he could still remember the scent. Boneywasawarriorwayayix is a caricature of the Corsican journalist Paul Gianolli.
The stereotypes of Corsicans seen in the album pride, vendetta, feuds, old men sitting and commenting, grim glares are thought to apply also to the Cretans ; Greek publishers Mamouthcomix released a special translation of the album in Cretan Greek.
In the original Serbian edition of the episode, Corsicans speak in typical dialect of Montenegro , for similar reasons.
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The Roman camp of Totorum, too, has visitors: three Roman soldiers escorting the Corsican leader Boneywasawarriorwayayix, exiled by Praetor Perfidius. While the other camps are deserted, the Romans of Totorum have no option but to stay and be decimated by the Gauls and their friends, who discover Boneywasawarriorwayayix awakening from a long siesta meaning sleep. The proud Boneywasawarriorwayayix attends the Gaulish banquet and leaves the next day for Corsica with Asterix, Obelix and Dogmatix accompanying him. At Massalia, he hires a ship crewed by none other than Captain Redbeard and his pirates. When the passengers go aboard it is too dark for the captain and the Gauls to recognise each other. But when, in the middle of the night, the pirates attempt to rob the Corsican and his three companions, they recognize the sleeping Gauls and the entire crew vacates the ship in a rowboat.
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