Tamara Drewe

Tamara Drewe

Paperback - 2008
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Posy Simmonds, Britain's best-loved cartoonist and the author of Gemma Bovery, has now created the irresistible Tamara Drewe, a graphic novel that delightfully skewers modern mores and manners with great wit and understanding for the foibles of humanity.
Loosely inspired by Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd, Tamara Drewe follows a year at Stonefield, a bucolic writer's retreat run by Beth and Nicholas Hardiman, where Dr. Glen Larson, an American professor and struggling novelist, is staying. The ambitious young Tamara Drewe, mourning the loss of her mother, has returned to her family home nearby. A bookish girl not so long ago, Tamara is now a gossipy columnist at a London paper and undeniably sexy. She quickly has every man in the vicinity--Glen, Nicholas, and the handyman, Andy--falling at her feet, while teenage best friends Casey and Jody become infatuated with Tamara and her ex-rock-star fiancé, Ben. Meanwhile, long-suffering Beth sees to the needs of the writers while managing the farm, the household, and the many affairs of her husband, a best-selling detective novelist.
Perhaps even more satisfying than your favorite nineteenth-century novel, with its fine, expressive drawings, deft storytelling, and nods to both the past and the present, yet unlike anything that has come before, Tamara Drewe is that rare graphic novel for grownups.

Posy Simmonds is the author of many books for adults and children, including the widely acclaimed Gemma Bovery. A. N. Wilson called Gemma Bovery a "work of genius" and more than one reviewer suggested that it should be entered for the Booker Prize. Simmonds has contributed a series of weekly cartoon strips to the UK's Guardian since 1977 and has won international awards for her work. She lives in London.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, 2008.
ISBN: 9780547154121
Branch Call Number: Graphic Fic
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 26 cm.


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Chapel_Hill_KatieJ Aug 16, 2016

Tamara Drewe is an updated Far From the Madding Crowd set in the English countryside. While the graphic novel is named after her, the side characters are just as interesting. The writing colony next door to Tamara’s home is where most of the book takes place. Various characters reconnect with disastrous effects for some of them. The different viewpoints make it so readers can see the whole picture of what’s going on, and the ways the characters perceive each other.

Nov 13, 2015

I really enjoyed this novel as it gave me a glimpse into a seemingly realistic portrayal of a world I am not familiar with. The world of pretentious writers who can afford a vacation in a beautiful quaint cottage in Great Britain. The imagery was alluring and Posy Simmonds manages to perfectly embody the emotions of her characters. The plot line was entertaining and while some of the fates of the characters were unsatisfying, overall Simmonds pulls off an interesting idea for a graphic novel. In conclusion, this novel made me laugh and I would definitely recommend it to others.

Oct 27, 2010

This book made me see that the graphics in a graphic novel can add a great deal to the story. This is terrific book--loosely based on Far From the Madding Crowd. A lovely if quick read. You get such a strong impression of each character as you meet them because you can also see them.

Sep 27, 2010

A surprising read. Very well developed plot, interesting twists, and very raw emotions.

quagga Sep 20, 2009

Nicholas Hardiman is a famous British crime novelist. He and his wife, Beth, run a writer's retreat at their country home, Stonefield. In truth, it is Beth who does all the work of the business, and performs all secretarial duties for her husband's writing also, allowing him to concentrate on his work. She knows he is unfaithful, which is causing some strain in their relationship after 25 years.

Just down the road is an estate recently inherited by a young columnist from London, Tamara Drewe. She flirts with all the men - including Nicholas - whenever she breezes into Stonefield for a visit. Andy Cobb, the Hardiman's gardener, is serious when he tells her he preferred her face before her nose job, but he is definitely interested in Tamara. Unfortunately for Andy, Tamara gets involved with Ben Sargeant, the drummer from a rock band. Who happens to be the heart-throb of one of the teenagers in the local village, Jody Long.

A satirical, tangled plot of seduction, betrayal and death, this story is a contemporary version of Thomas Hardy's Far From the Madding Crowd. And I haven't even got to the best part yet; it's a finely-drawn graphic novel in full colour. Very highly recommended.

Sep 02, 2009

The movie with director Stephen Frears is in development. Actually quite a good story which works on a number of levels.


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