Hark!

Hark!

A Vagrant

Book - 2011
Average Rating:
22
1
Rate this:
"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 This collection features favorite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content.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
1770460608
Branch Call Number: 741.5971 Be
Characteristics: 166 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 23 cm

Related Resources


Opinion

From Library Staff

Comment
CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 26, 2015

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 »


From the critics


Community Activity

Comment

Add a Comment

j
jannylegs
Jul 16, 2016

Loved the quirky tone of this, especially the side comments from the author/artist, but a whole book of it got old by the end.

LPL_DanC Jun 08, 2016

This book made me laugh out loud at least 50 times. Kind of like a Far Side of historical and literary subjects, pick it up if you want to see something like a thin-skinned aristocrat breaking into tears after being taunted by a foul mouthed fox, or Jules Verne lying on his belly writing a letter to Edgar Allen Poe ("Can you put more balloons in your stories? I think we should be friends"), or Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg playing I Spy on a road trip.

b
BWilsoned
Jan 22, 2016

Beaton's skewing (or is that skewering?) of historical people and events is quite entertaining and I had to show my husband and son the ones that made me burst out laughing. A bit too much swearing for me and the book cover schtick went on a bit long. Some of my favorites include
"Dude watchin' with the Brontës", Jules Verne and Poe, Verne vs. H.G. Wells, "Tudorama", spam pigeons (who knew it's been around since WW I?), "An Elizabethan Song Book", pug comics, and how the Lewis & Clark Expedition REALLY went.

sirbenny Jan 08, 2016

Hello... Hello, is this thing on? Hark! A vagrant, is a razzmatazz of historical and literary jokes. Reading this book probable will not cure any diseases, but you may need a fun-ectomy after you're done.

f
FVReader
Jan 03, 2016

A fun read. I liked the comics around historical situations and people. One does have to know a little about the history & people to get the humour but just the gist of the happening.
I really liked the literary comics, especially the book cover strips.

CRRL_CraigGraziano Jun 26, 2015

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

KateHillier Feb 01, 2015

I have wasted plenty of time on Kate Beaton's website laughing. Had just as much fun reading the book, which I'm sad that it took me so long to get to it. Canadian history can be fun and I love making fun (and loving) our national stereotypes as much as my fellow Canadians. One of the best lines of her her explanatory blurbs is the statement that Canadians are their most patriotic at three points: when they are out of the country, when Olympic hockey is on, and when it is Canada Day. Truth.

Of course there is also the everyone else history and literature comics. Shakespeare, Austen, Conan Doyle (so many Watsons!). There's very little to hate here and I just love revisiting these

u
uncommonreader
Sep 23, 2013

Not funny. Not even that clever.

v
VRMurphy
Apr 08, 2013

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

a
abookandacuppa
Mar 24, 2013

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

View All Comments

Age

Add Age Suitability

LocketLibrarian Dec 30, 2011

LocketLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Summary

Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.

Notices

Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Quotes

Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Recommendations

Subject Headings

LibraryThing Series Information


  Loading...

Find it at CRRL

  Loading...
[]
[]
To Top