Book Review: Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton

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Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Published: 2011
Genre: Graphic Novels
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 168
Source: Library
Dates Read: January 12-13, 2019
Grade: A-
Synopsis: Hark! A Vagrant is an uproarious romp through history and literature seen through the sharp, contemporary lens of New Yorker cartoonist and comics-sensation Kate Beaton. No era or tome emerges unscathbed as Beaton rightly skewers the Western world’s revolutionaries, leaders, sycophants, and suffragists while equally honing her wit on the hapless heroes, heroines, and villains of the best-loved fiction. She deftly points out what really happened when Brahms fell asleep listening to Liszt, that the world’s first hipsters were obviously the Incroyables and the Merveilleuses from eighteenth-century France, that Susan B. Anthony is, of course, a “Samantha,” and that the polite banality of Canadian culture never gets old. Hark! A Vagrant features sexy Batman, the true stories behind classic Nancy Drew covers, and Queen Elizabeth doing the albatross. Continue reading “Book Review: Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton”