Vanity Fair (Everyman's Library Classics, #12)
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Introduction by Catherine PetersA panoramic satire of English society during the Napoleonic Wars, Vanity Fair is William Makepeace Thackeray’s masterpiece. At its center is one of the most unforgettable characters in nineteenth-century literature: the enthralling... show more
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Introduction by Catherine PetersA panoramic satire of English society during the Napoleonic Wars, Vanity Fair is William Makepeace Thackeray’s masterpiece. At its center is one of the most unforgettable characters in nineteenth-century literature: the enthralling Becky Sharp, a charmingly ruthless social climber who is determined to leave behind her humble origins, no matter the cost. Her more gentle friend Amelia, by contrast, only cares for Captain George Osborne, despite his selfishness and her family’s disapproval. As both women move within the flamboyant milieu of Regency England, the political turmoil of the era is matched by the scheming Becky’s sensational rise—and its unforeseen aftermath.Based in part upon Thackeray’s own love for the wife of a friend, Vanity Fair portrays the hypocrisy and corruption of high society and the dangers of unrestrained ambition with epic brilliance and scathing wit.
Publish date: October 15th 1991
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
Pages no: 800
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Classic Literature
, Literary Fiction
, 19th Century
, English Literature
Ich möchte diese Rezension mit einem meiner Lieblingszitate aus dem Buch beginnen: Ein vornehmes Publikum wird es ebensowenig vertragen, eine abenteuerliche Schilderung des Lasters zu lesen, wie eine wirklich feingebildete Engländerin oder Amerikanerin es dulden würde, dass das Wort "Hosen" vor ih...
Es ist das erste Buch, was wir in unserem Buchclub gemeinsam im November lesen wollten. Wollten... Zu aller Mann Verteidigung: es lässt sich nicht so lockerflockig weglesen, wie wir uns das vermutlich alle vorgestellt haben. Ich habe es immerhin innerhalb von 8 Wochen geschafft...uff. Worum geht es ...
Vanity Fair is a big surprise for me. I was expecting a story about the trial and tribulations of a couple of plucky lady friends what I discovered was a witty, satirical novel that made me laugh several times, engaged my attention always and even moving at times.On the surface Vanity Fair is a stor...
Excessively Long Book Syndrome: It takes ages to read and it's more than a 100 years old, therefore it must be great, right? Wrong! So wrong, in this case, that the editor's claim that it "has strong claims to be the greatest novel in the English language" is laughable. It's not even the greatest su...
1. I'm not sure how I feel about William Dobbin. (He gained my respect immensely when he finally understood it's time to Have a Talk with Amelia. I do realize he is supposed to be the epitome of love, fidelity and honesty, and that Amelia's circumstances were tough, but managing one's life to such e...
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