on 27 August 2013
(Corrects first name of Wendy Weber) Posy Simmonds' superb cartoons are ostensibly a fond look at the lives of three-middle class families in Britain in the late 1970s and 1980s as they deal with the challenges of teenage kids, a struggling economy, the growing gap between rich and poor, discrimination of various types, sex, relationships and jobs. Does this sound familiar? I hadn't read these cartoons since they first started appearing more than 35 years ago and they are as relevant today as they were then. The strip is remarkably timeless. It is focused on the earnest and well-meaning Wendy and George Weber, a left-leaning intellectual couple with six children. While Simmonds is very sympathetic towards her main characters, she is also quite happy to skewer them as well and often expertly notes the hypocrisy of people who betray their principles when it suits them. There is nothing dogmatic or strident about these cartoons; they are pointed and warm and funny. I am very glad to have found them again.
on 25 December 2012
The Webers are an archetypal middle class family of the 70s and 80s, but seem remarkably contemporary in many ways. Mrs Weber's Omnibus takes us back to the lives and concerns of a couple who try to live their lives by the values of their youth - and do a pretty good job of it.
Sadly their modern equivalents seem to lack the gentle and well meaning aspects of their lifetsyle ,while retaining the righteousness, but with a hard edge of intolerance that the Webers would never have stood for.
The Webers are basically gentle, while their successors are not.
on 19 February 2013
Reading it was like bumping into 'old friends' that you hadn't seen for ages but still recall with affection. Posy Simmonds perfectly captures the zeitgeist of the London middle classes of the mid 1980s. Really great fun. However, while not wishing to be too po-faced, parts do come across as rather twee, especially when one remembers the real economic hardship and political upheaval of these times. Given the substantial size of the volume one added benefit to the reader is the fitness value of actually having to lift it.
on 8 April 2013
Brilliant work from the UK's greatest non-political cartoonist. i was a little worried that the insights might be getting as flared as the trousers, but absolutely not. It's a book to take slowly, but for most part it is as fresh and incisive as it was when it livened up the Monday Guardian all those years ago.
on 30 January 2014
I've bought all of Posy Simmonds books & I especially enjoy the Weber family. I spent three weeks in hospital, in isolation, & the omnibus was a life-saver! The book is huge & the reader can dip in & out; the stories of everyday life in the Weber household amuse, the social comment is acute. Highly recommended.