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Tamara Drewe Paperback – Bargain Price, October 8, 2008
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The drawings, alone, pull the viewer along in fascination at the facial expressions (so true to the accompanying words!), the body language of the characters (down to the most minute detail), the scenic beauty of the place depicted, and the choice of the limited color scheme - which becomes limitless in Miss Simmonds' expert hands.
A feature that is particularly endearing is the character description, at the time the character is introduced. Yes! And as this character is followed, he or she exhibits all the traits one would expect with the description. Yet, just as in real life, (and the complexity of the human psyche)there are tantalizing surprises (just when the reader thought she had the character down pat!)Maddeningly wonderful! And the fascinating ending holds the clue to, perhaps, more to come! This reader is waiting.
Hats off to Posy Simmonds.
A wonderful combination of prose and top-flight cartooning, Tamara Drewe is a story full of flawed, yet intriguing characters whose foibles actually make them more interesting. The titular character is herself more of a catalyst in the story than she is a protagonist, an approach which keeps Tamara at a distance from the reader: we are as curious and fascinated by this woman as the characters in the story whose lives are changed by her very presence (indirectly in some cases, more directly in others). It's a romance story, or rather, the story of a number of overlapping romances, but more importantly, it's a story about identity, and the exploration of same. How do we define ourselves? How do others affect that definition? How much does our concern about how others define us actually impair our ability to define ourselves in the first place? It's heady stuff, yet handled in such a light, breezy manner as to take the reader by surprise; you won't be thinking about the larger theme of the piece until you're done...the narrative itself is that compelling.
Elegantly drawn and flawlessly written, Tamara Drewe reminds us what a tragedy it is that both the US and UK comics markets let "comics for girls" die off decades ago, yet offers an encouraging template for a potential return of the form. Top marks.
Though "inspired" by Thomas Hardy's novel Far from the Madding Crowd, Posy Simmonds' sublimely written and drawn story is a horse of a different color. The tragicomedy of manners and misunderstandings is set at a rural English writers' retreat, an ideal backdrop for mischief and melodrama. Owned by a couple whose marriage is problematic (to say the least), the country getaway, a farm, hosts a cast of colorful guests who interact with the pair, each other, and the local townspeople.
The title character is a once-ugly young woman whose nose job has transformed her into a seductive and flirtatious figure. The pacing is perfect for this type of tale. Affairs ensue, writerly conflicts flare, relationships are tested, and the usual melodramatic flourishes ebb and flow throughout the story. Though there are few sympathetic characters and no protagonists to speak of, the cast is generally harmless. Their self-absorption and shallowness--despite ample pretense to the contrary--mostly comes off as comic rather than venal. But Simmonds doesn't sell them (or us) short when true tragedy occurs and admirably allows it to happen rather than pull punches or portray it as more--or less--than what it really is.Read more ›
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Either I or the company made a terrible mistake in the content of the product. The "comic" book was not what I wished for... Read morePublished on December 3, 2012 by Toni J. Rollison
This is a fantastic graphic novel. Will Eisner, known as the father of the graphic novel, must be rolling in his grave with pride & surprise by how many new authors & illustrators... Read morePublished on May 13, 2012 by R. A. Frauenglas
The book arrived quickly and was in great shape. It was even better than described. Yes, I would purchase from this dealer again.Published on September 9, 2011 by Daniel B. Rutter
Well-done artistically, but the end of the book one wonders, 'What is the point?' Much ado about nothing? Read morePublished on August 12, 2011 by C. Communications
Tamara Drewe is an intelligently-written book that employs some very creative strategies to tell its tale of infidelity and intrigue. Read morePublished on February 6, 2011 by J. Davidson
No superheroes here. Nothing but real, flawed, fascinating characters. British cartoonist Posy Simmonds treats readers to this engaging, unique graphic novel. Read morePublished on December 29, 2010 by Paige Turner
I was very impressed with the writing of Posy Simmonds the story is very engaging and the I felt the characters were realistic and fleshed out enough that you could understand... Read morePublished on September 30, 2010 by J. Lee
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