BOOK REVIEW: 'Frighten the Horses!'


Pat Kaufman is a visual artist and a published author. For her graphic novels, she supplies both the words and the images. "Frighten the Horses!" is her latest. But, this time around, other women penned the words she illustrates.

According to Kaufman, "I looked around, and discovered that most books of quotation ignored women almost entirely. I wanted to help set the record straight -- and that was the germ of the idea for this book."

"Frighten the Horses!" accompanies Kaufman's vivid portraits of strong women with quotes from strong women like Lily Tomlin, Mae West and others. The title itself is a quote from strong woman -- Beatrice Campbell, the first actress to play Eliza Doolittle in the original production of George Bernard Shaw’s "Pygmalion."

The quote? Kaufman happily supplies a paraphrase. "Do anything in the bedroom you want -- just don't do it in the street and frighten the horses."

"She was a good buddy of George Bernard Shaw's," she adds. "They both had sharp tongues and were very sharp people."

Sharp readers (both male and female!) will find a lot to like and laugh about in this book.

"Frighten the Horses!" is available at area bookstores and at You can see Kaufman's original paintings for this book at Stakenborg Fine Art gallery, 1545 Main Street  Sarasota; (941) 487-8001.


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Last modified: November 25, 2012
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