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The Book of Snobs (1848)

by William Makepeace Thackeray

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This is a delightful find. A collection of essays from Punch in which Thackeray pokes fun at much of his world. The final chapter/instalment explicitly sets out the author's view - that it is an affront that people gain automatic status based on their birth - either to a title or to a fortune. Thomas Piketty would applaud!
Aside from the philosophy, there is a lot of fun in these pages. Some of the fun is that intended by Thackeray, and some other fun comes about as the book provides for the modern reader a perspective on a lost world of Victorian England.
Read June 2015. ( )
  mbmackay | Jun 25, 2015 |
Simultaneously dated and spot on. Which of us, nearing 30 (or knocking it, like I have), hasn't suddenly discovered the flattering joy of a lower watt light bulb in public spaces? ( )
  IsotropicJoseph | Apr 28, 2014 |
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"A satirical collection of works that offers a look into 18th century society and those that believe themselves to be better than others, ranging from the upper to lower class" --Provided by publisher.

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