Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)

Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)

Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary take on one of Shakespeare?s most beloved comedies. Kate Battista feels stuck. How did she end up running house and home for her eccentric scientist father and uppity, pretty younger sister Bunny? Plus, she?s always in trouble at work ? her pre-school charges ador Pulitzer Prize winner and American master Anne Tyler brings us an inspired, witty and irresistible contemporary...

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Title:Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare)
Author:Anne Tyler
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Vinegar Girl
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:237 pages pages

Vinegar Girl (Hogarth Shakespeare) Reviews

  • Diane
    Feb 18, 2016
    For a book called Vinegar Girl, this novel is surprisingly delightful. Anne Tyler, whom I adore, has written a modern version of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" as part of the Hogarth series. We meet Kate Battista, a sharp young woman who works at a preschool and takes care ...
  • Teresa
    Oct 01, 2016
    Earlier this week I attended a meeting held in one of the rooms at the library. Afterward, I had to pick up a relative at a location nearby, but had some empty time in between and realized I had forgotten to bring a book! Well (Pyotr in this novel points out Americans are wont to prefa...
  • Elyse
    Jan 12, 2016
    Wow... Ever notice a common theme in 'back-to-back' books you've read? Then wonder if there is a reason these books are in your space at the moment? I had recently read "Stolen Innocence", by Elissa Wall, a memoir, about her growing years as a member of the Utah's FLDS polygamist...
  • Maxwell
    Apr 13, 2018
    A light, fun retelling of a Shakespeare classic. Nothing more, nothing less. After reading a few of these Hogarth Shakespeare retellings I've found that the stories don't necessarily translate to novel form that well. This one, of the ones I've read, felt the most like a book the autho...
  • Ron Charles
    Feb 25, 2016
    Anne Tyler hates Shakespeare?s plays. All of them. But she hates ?The Taming of the Shrew? the most. So she rewrote it. ?Vinegar Girl,? her 21st novel, drags shrewish Kate into the modern age. ?It?s such a crazy story,? Tyler says from her home in Baltimore. ?...
  • Petra
    Jan 26, 2018
    This is a wonderfully charming retelling of The Taming of the Shrew. It's warm, funny and a delight to read. Kate is stuck. Her life is going nowhere, through a combination of indecision, insecurity, lethargy. To compensate the comments coming her way, she's given to biting retorts, w...
  • Julie Ehlers
    Jul 02, 2016
    I admit that I've never read The Taming of the Shrew. I couldn't even make it all the way through the Wikipedia synopsis before I had to give up in confusion--all those Shakespearean concealed identities may work on the stage, but not in summary. So perhaps I'm not the best person to r...
  • Jill
    Mar 19, 2016
    Anne Tyler?s Vinegar Girl is a part of the ambitious Hogarth Press project ? to retell Shakespeare?s works (in this case, Taming of the Shrew) by today?s acclaimed novelists. As a result, readers will want to judge the book in two ways: how does it succeed in its modern retelli...
  • Dianne
    Sep 26, 2016
    I quite liked this quirky little book; mostly because I liked the Kate character so much. I never read "The Taming of the Shrew," so I don't know if Tyler does a credible job of honoring the original. It had to have been hard, because I know enough to know that the play's subject matte...
  • Esil
    Feb 29, 2016
    3+ stars. The problem with Vinegar Girl is that it was written by Anne Tyler. This means that my expectations were really high because Tyler is such a lovely nuanced writer of contemporary American middle class family life. The other problem with Vinegar Girl is that it is part of a pr...
  • Diane S ☔
    Jan 14, 2016
    This was a nice and enjoyable story. Though I did feel I received a good feel for the characters, I wanted Kate to be sharper, more acerbic and the plodding Pytor just seems confused, not sure of his role in this story. Wanted this story to, have more oomph, more energy but it remained...
  • Anna
    Mar 10, 2017
    I listened to this as an audiobook, and the readers truly brought the novel to life. Kate is working as a preschool assistant, a job she is not totally suited for. She cares for her father and vapid younger sister, Bunny. Her mother died when Kate was young, and her father is opsessed...
  • Angela M
    Jan 12, 2016
    I love The Taming of the Shrew and this was by acclaimed author Anne Tyler whose novels I have so enjoyed, so of course I was thrilled to acquire an advanced copy of this book , but I must admit I just wasn't as taken with it as I hoped I would be . Sure it was witty and even funny ,...
  • Susan Johnson
    Mar 14, 2016
    4.5 stars Classic novels rewritten by well known authors seems to be the new trend lately. The Jane Austin novels have been adapted by several authors such as Val McDermid, Alexander McCall Smith and Curtis Sittenfield. Now there appears to be a series of Shakespearian books reworke...
  • Rebecca Foster
    Mar 23, 2016
    (3.5) This is the most fun I?ve had with the Hogarth Shakespeare series* so far, as well as my favorite of the three Anne Tyler novels I?ve read.** Yes, it?s set in Baltimore. Kate Battista, the utterly tactless preschool assistant, kept cracking me up. Her father, an autoimmune ...
  • Diane Barnes
    Jan 12, 2016
    I know that some Anne Tyler/Shakespeare fans were less than enthused about this book, but I absolutely loved it! I never read "The Taming of the Shrew" and am not a fan of Shakespeare (gasp!), so I had no comparisons to make there. However, I am a huge fan of Anne Tyler and have read a...
  • Sara (sarawithoutanH)
    Aug 03, 2016
    Oh my, I think I hated almost every minute of this book? I did not like the main character and I found the plot to be insanely mundane and dull. I've never read The Taming of the Shrew so possible could be something that took away from my reading experience. I found Kate to be an incre...
  • LeAnne
    May 09, 2017
    Well, then. This is my second foray into the Hogarth Shakespeare series. I'd never heard of the project until a couple of weeks ago, but essentially, various commercial authors have been enlisted to rewrite half a dozen or so of the works of Shakespeare in a contemporary format. La...
  • Phrynne
    Jan 11, 2017
    Half an hour after I closed this book and I am still smiling. I always enjoy Anne Tyler's writing and it was a pleasure to read this modern version of The Taming of the Shrew. It has been years since I read the original and I have forgotten all but the bare bones of it. This mattered...
  • Wanda
    Nov 20, 2015
    I am really enjoying this Hogarth Shakespeare series, where prominent authors are retelling Shakespeare?s works. I must confess that I?ve not read anything by Anne Tyler ever before, but I will check out her other works based on how much I loved Vinegar Girl. This is Tyler?s vers...
  • Jennifer
    Jul 04, 2016
    While I was familiar with The Austen Project, I had no idea Shakespeare's works were getting a modern touch until I came across Vinegar Girl (Anne Tyler's take on "The Taming of the Shrew") A quick look on GoodReads shows the general consensus is that the book is pretty good, but no...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Mar 05, 2016
    3.5 stars RTC. ...
  • Zoeytron
    May 10, 2016
    Copy furnished by Net Galley in exchange for a review. Anne Tyler?s easy familiarity with skewed family relationships and eccentric characters seems watered down in Vinegar Girl. Not a great deal of flavor for me, almost as though it needed salt or something. The old adage that...
  • Matthew
    Jan 11, 2017
    As a retelling of Taming of the Shrew - 1 star As a stand alone story regardless of the source material - 2.5 stars Saying that this is a retelling of Taming of the Shrew is like saying The Shining is a retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk because the main characters are both named ...
  • Calista
    Feb 13, 2018
    Hovering over 2 stars says "It was ok". That's how I feel about this. It was ok. It took me a while to get through it. I thought Anne Tyler did an excellent job telling the story and I thought the characters were distinct. Her Russian accent was great. I think the only character I l...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    Feb 10, 2016
    MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading List When I read the blurb to the book, I thought it sounded like something I would enjoy. I had no idea how much I would like it. The book is hilarious! I have never read William Shakespeare's "The Taming Of The Shrew" but I certainly want to n...
  • Helene Jeppesen
    Dec 22, 2016
    After having finished this book which was my first novel from the Hogarth Shakespeare series, I have to say that I love this concept of retelling Shakespeare's plays in a modern format. "Vinegar Girl" is a retelling of "The Taming of the Shrew" and it is written by one of my most belov...
  • Book Riot Community
    Jun 23, 2016
    I read a lot of books this month, and most of them were okay to good, but it was hard to pick a stand out. I?m naming this as my favorite because it was the perfect kind of palette cleanser. I breezed through it in a couple of days and really enjoyed the snarkiness of the narrator an...
  • Paromjit
    Jul 03, 2016
    This is the first Anne Tyler book that I have read and a little way in I was thinking that this novel is not for me. However, I persisted and almost without me being aware of it, I was being charmed and drawn into the story. Kate runs the family household, and looks after her absent mi...
  • Amalia Gavea
    Jun 23, 2016
    Retelling one of the most famous plays of the Bard, placing it in our boring modern era, is not an easy task. However, Vinegar Girl is anything but boring. I always thought that The Taming of the Shrew has some of the quirkiest characters created by Shakespeare, and the protagonists i...