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A Vagrant

Beaton, Kate, 1983-

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 This collection features favorite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content.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 & Quarterly, 2011
Edition: 1st hardcover ed
ISBN: 1770460608
Branch Call Number: HARK
741.5 B369h
PN6734.H37 B43 2011x
Characteristics: 166 p. : chiefly ill. ; 23 cm
Uniform Title: Vagrant


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Feb 01, 2015
  • KateHillier rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Apr 24, 2014
  • CRRL_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.

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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.

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Dec 30, 2011
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