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Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair (1847)

by William Makepeace Thackeray

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I didn't love Thackeray's chattiness and tendency to harangue the reader about "Vanity Fair--Vanity Fair!" And I didn't love how the characters' signature traits grew more and more extreme until it was difficult to like or sympathize with them. And it was way too long. Despite these quibbles, I did enjoy it. ( )
  thatotter | Feb 6, 2014 |
William Makepeace Thackerayn romaani kuvaa kahden naisen, Rebecca "Becky" Sharpin ja Amelia Shedleyn elämää sen jälkeen, kun he ovat valmistuneet Miss Pinkertonin koulusta ja ovat valmiina elämään elämäänsä, joista toinen tähtää rakkauteen, toinen pääsemään seurapiireihin. Kirja seuraa heidän kummankin matkaansa kummankin vajotessa välillä sosiaalisesti alas ja jälleen ylös turhuuden turuilla, jossa käytetään kaikenlaisia keinoja suosion tavoittelemiseen. Becky Sharp on tästä oikea malliesimerkki, sillä hän juonittelee, näyttelee, pukeutuu, hurmaa, valehtelee, varastaa rahaa ja käyttäytyy kaikintavoin sopimattomasti mutta hurmaavasti. Amelia on Beckyn, tarinan antagonistin, vastakohta: vaalea, mitätön, rakkaudessa roikkuva ja riippuva ressukka, joka palvoo kuolleen miehensä kuvaa vuosikausia, mutta jonka alistuneisuuteen ja nöyryyteen miehet silti hurmaantuvat, vaikkeivat voi tätä saavuttaa. Kirjan kerronta saa välillä Henry Fielding:mäisiä piirteitä kertojan ottaessa laveasti roolin puhujana ja melkeimpä henkilöhahmona. Kirjasta puuttuu kuitenkin jotain, mikä saisi minut lukemaan sen uudestaan; kirjan henkilöhahmot eivät olleet niin houkuttelevia. Luin kirjan tenttikirjana realismin ja naturalismin kirjatenttiä varten. ( )
  Sanna-Kaisa | Jan 31, 2014 |
I'm really not sure where William Makepeace Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" went wrong for me. Classic British literature with a downtrodden orphan and snarky narrator? This should have been right up my alley.

However, overall, I found the book to be okay. I enjoyed the story of the troubled and scheming Becky Sharp and her counterpoint, the simpering but kind Amelia. But it felt like the book was padded with tons and tons of extraneous material that didn't advance the story or add any interest.

Disappointing because I thought I was going to love this novel. ( )
  amerynth | Jan 28, 2014 |
This story does go on and on, but I enjoyed the process. Great characters: Becky Sharpe--conniving, resourceful, a survivor; Amelia Sedley, sweet, loyal to a fault; George Osborne, not nearly as good as he ought to be, Joseph Sedley, a glutton and somewhat of a coward; many, many others with their foibles and great names--Lords Binky and Bareacres. I'm glad I finally read it. ( )
  gbelik | Dec 4, 2013 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Thackeray, William Makepeaceprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ball, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carey, JohnEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Carey, JohnIntroductionsecondary 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
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.
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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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