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Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray, Nicholas Dames
Vanity Fair
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Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the... show more
Vanity Fair, by William Makepeace Thackeray, is part of the Barnes & Noble Classics series, which offers quality editions at affordable prices to the student and the general reader, including new scholarship, thoughtful design, and pages of carefully crafted extras. Here are some of the remarkable features of Barnes & Noble Classics: All editions are beautifully designed and are printed to superior specifications; some include illustrations of historical interest. Barnes & Noble Classics pulls together a constellation of influences—biographical, historical, and literary—to enrich each reader's understanding of these enduring works. “I think I could be a good woman, if I had five thousand a year,” observes beautiful and clever Becky Sharp, one of the wickedest—and most appealing—women in all of literature. Becky is just one of the many fascinating figures that populate William Makepeace Thackeray’s novel Vanity Fair, a wonderfully satirical panorama of upper-middle-class life and manners in London at the beginning of the nineteenth century. Scorned for her lack of money and breeding, Becky must use all her wit, charm and considerable sex appeal to escape her drab destiny as a governess. From London’s ballrooms to the battlefields of Waterloo, the bewitching Becky works her wiles on a gallery of memorable characters, including her lecherous employer, Sir Pitt, his rich sister, Miss Crawley, and Pitt’s dashing son, Rawdon, the first of Becky’s misguided sexual entanglements. Filled with hilarious dialogue and superb characterizations, Vanity Fair is a richly entertaining comedy that asks the reader, “Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?” Features more than 100 illustrations drawn by Thackeray himself for the initial publication.  Nicholas Dames is Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, and is the author of Amnesiac Selves: Nostalgia, Forgetting, and British Fiction, 1810–1870, and other commentary on nineteenth-century British and French fiction.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9781593080716 (1593080719)
Publisher: Barnes & Noble Classics
Pages no: 696
Edition language: English
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5.0 Vanity Fair
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...
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Arbie's Unoriginally Titled Book Blog rated it
2.5 Vanity Fair, Thackeray
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...
Bloodorange
Bloodorange rated it
4.0 Vanity Fair
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...
Alessandra
Alessandra rated it
3.0 La fiera delle vanità
Grande classico che descrive la (buona) società inglese del periodo post-napoleonico in modo molto ironico e pungente.Tratta temi di fatto molto attuali, i vari personaggi che si incontrano nel romanzo appaiono importanti per il loro prestigio sociale e le loro rendite e viene costantemente evidenzi...
Nevermind the human interaction
Nevermind the human interaction rated it
3.5 Trials and tribulations of the twopenny gentility
To start with, the language is great. I don't know how I have managed to survive without such phrases as the 'female inquisition' and 'twopenny gentility' in my vocabulary. Well, they are there now, thanks to Thackeray. Another bonus is a good mixture of detached sarcasm and involved sentimentalit...
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