A Vagrant

Beaton, Kate

(Book - 2011)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
"Hark! A Vagrant" takes readers on a romp through history and literature--with dignity for few and cookies for all--with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Kate Beaton's pared-down, excitable style. This collection features favorite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content. Whether she's writing about Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, or Nancy Drew, Beaton brings a refined sense of the absurd to every situation.
Publisher: Montréal :, Drawn and Quarterly,, [2011], ©2011
ISBN: 9781770460607
Branch Call Number: 741.5971 Be
Characteristics: 166 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm


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Apr 24, 2014
  • CraigGraziano rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Kate Beaton's Hark! A Vagrant is like the funny pages for literature and history majors. Each strip is an exploration of a famous writer, characters from his works, or a notable person from history. Rather than treating these figures with reverence, Beaton usually takes them down a peg or two.

Read more at: http://www.librarypoint.org/hark_a_vagrant_beaton

Sep 23, 2013
  • uncommonreader rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Not funny. Not even that clever.

Apr 08, 2013
  • VRMurphy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Do you love history? And laughing? Then you'll love Kate Beaton's spot-on comics.

Mar 24, 2013
  • abookandacuppa rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Intelligent, witty, and fun! I especially liked the literary references!

Feb 20, 2013
  • Boosterl16 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This was terrible. Very rude & crude, gives Canadians a bad name. The characters mentioned would surely turn in their graves at the sight of this. It's incredibly disrespectful.

Jan 17, 2013
  • mclarjh rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I found the dialogue juvenile, not funny.

Jan 14, 2013
  • ClaireM_W rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A fun book that, unlike a lot of short-piece humour, does not cause a headache half way through from slap-happy overdose. This book uses classic material that, even in satire, just never grows old. Kate Beaton is a talented person.

Dec 26, 2012
  • Ubalstecha rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Kate Beaton has created a brilliant cartoon that fuses history, literature and out and out sarcasm. Her subjects range from historical figures to reinterpreting old books based solely on their covers. (The Nancy Drew covers are particularly instpred.) As a Canadian with two history degrees I was more than excited by occasional Canadian history cartoons.

So a must read.

Nov 19, 2012
  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Just really didn't find a lot of these that funny - and it's not that I didn't get them (I've read a lot of the books that are parodied in this collection and was a History major). Had some sporadic chuckles but to me it wasn't the "uproarious romp through history and literature" as advertised.

Jun 22, 2012
  • Maybea rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

You will laugh, and laugh and then feel really smart because you get the jokes. Awesome, doodle-y drawings too. Like hilarious notes passed in class.

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Dec 30, 2011
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