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