Sunday, March 30, 2008

Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods by Goscinny and Uderzo

Title: Asterix and the Mansions of the Gods

Author: Goscinny and Uderzo

ISBN: 0340192690

Publishers: Hodder Daurgaud/1975
Pages: 47

Caeser wants to conquer the tiny Gaulish village. He plans of building an estate in the jungles near that village in order to absorb the villagers into Roman culture. He hires the architect, Squaronthehypotenus for the same.
Squaronthehypotenus along with slaves arrives there and starts cutting the jungle. They uproot the trees. However, with the help of Getafix, the druid's magic, Asterix and Obelix plant acorn seeds which grow instantly!
The slaves are befooled.

Asterix and Obelix incite the slaves to rebel but instead of rebelling they demand better working conditions, wages and freedom at the end of it. Squaronthehypotenus agrees and they help build the first of the mansions which are sold to Romans. These Romans go into the village for shopping where the villagers open up all kinds of shops to cater to their demands. This results in breaking up of their comraderie.

Asterix and Obelix can't accept that and take it upon themselves to do something about it. They scare one of the residents to leave and then get their bard, Cacofonix to move into the vacant apartment. As soon as he starts singing, all the Romans live and the bard too is thrown out. The Roman soldiers are forced to move in. But, the Gauls feel insulted that Caconofix has been thrown out. That gives them a reason to fight and as is expected, the Roman soldiers lose and forced to go away. In no time the building is all gone and Oak trees are up again!

Back to the village, it is business as usual at Unhygienix, Fulliatomatix. Back to normal. Asterix comics are a great satire. They reflect the political system in those prevailing times!