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Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair (1847)

by William Makepeace Thackeray

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The sad thing about earning a BA in English Literature is that most of the books you have to read and think about won't actually be enjoyable. This is an exception. It's funny. ( )
  Kaethe | Oct 17, 2016 |
A witty and satirical look at the good and the bad in human nature. Vanity Fair is over 150 years old but the character traits it portrays are as contemporary as the latest issue of People magazine. Be sure to get a copy with Thackery's illustrations as they emphasize the book's mockery of the society it depicts. ( )
  wandaly | Jun 30, 2016 |
Best novel ever written. ( )
  AnnAnderson | Jun 25, 2016 |
Review: Vanity Fair by William M. Thackeray.

Vanity Fair is amusing and entertaining if you have the time to read it slowly and savor it to the last page. An extremely long read and seems tedious and dated but as you read on the story bursts into life. I believe the main theme was selfishness in all its destructive glory because isn’t “Vanity” just plain “Egotism”…..

I think the book focuses on Becky’s character as adventuress, cunning, brilliant, and a scheming social climber. Also, she can provoke sympathy in a way she refuses to be consumed by her circumstances, but always trying to reach out for something more influential. But she never seems to find it, even when it’s there in front of her.

Yet, Amelia’s character was a favorite and described as a sweet person but she too was self-absorbed and as vain in her romantic martyrdom. She foolishly pined for George and spoiled her little boy unfortunately to the point of embarrassment. She never knew what she had until the very last chapter.

The story was utterly fulfilling, humorous and marvelously well written. I did enjoy the book which took a lot of concentration to be able to follow the multitude of characters and events. A great recommendation…..
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
long and painful, but got through it - have not yet seen the film, although tempted due to James Purefoy =)
  frahealee | Apr 3, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Thackeray, William Makepeaceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ball, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carey, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carey, JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castle, JohnReadersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Macchi, RuthTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Marquand, JohnIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nierop, A. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ridley, M. R.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Saintsbury, GeorgeEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stewart, J. I. M.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stewart, J. I. M.Introductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sutherland, JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Trollope, JoannaIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tuomikoski, AinoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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While the present century was in its teens, and on one sun-shiny morning in June, there drove up to the great iron gate of Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies, on Chiswick Mall, a large family coach, with two fat horses in blazing harness, driven by a fat coachman in a three-cornered hat and wig, at the rate of four miles an hour.
But, lo! and just as the coach drove off, Miss Sharp put her pale face out of the window and actually flung the book back into the garden.
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No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder. Her sentimental companion amelia, however, longs only for caddish soldier George. As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles—military and domestic—are fought, fortunes made and lost. The one steadfast and honourable figure in this corrupt world is Dobbin with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and depth to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of love and social adventure. 

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"Thus asks Thackeray in his gloriously entertaining saga, as a vibrant cast of characters scheme and scramble for life's prizes on the crowded stage of Vanity Fair. And no one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than Becky Sharp, Thackeray's supreme creation. Brilliant, alluring and ruthless, she defies her poverty-stricken background to clamber up the social ladder, while her sentimental companion Amelia longs only for caddish soldier George." "As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles - military and domestic - are fought; fortunes are made and lost. And amid the fast-paced action stands Dobbin with his unrequited love for Amelia. A true gentleman in a corrupt world, he brings pathos and depth to Thackeray's epic tale of love and social adventure."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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Penguin Australia

3 editions of this book were published by Penguin Australia.

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