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Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray, Nina Berberova, Leonard J. Kent
Vanity Fair
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A marvelous, incisive social satire that gleefully exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars through its tracing of the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women. It is a comic masterpiece that still resonates today."Re-reading Vanity Fair,... show more
A marvelous, incisive social satire that gleefully exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars through its tracing of the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women. It is a comic masterpiece that still resonates today."Re-reading Vanity Fair, one realises what a brilliant innovation this was in the English novel," remarked V. S. Pritchett. "Thackeray is like the modern novelists who derive from James and Proust, in his power of dissecting (and of desiccating!) character."Generally considered to be his masterpiece, Vanity Fair is Thackeray's resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled "A Novel Without a Hero," it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp—one of literature's most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines—and her foil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley. Thackeray's subversive, comic attack on the hypocrisy and "dismal roguery" of an avaricious world resonates 150 years later with implications for our own times."Thackeray is an urbane nineteenth-century guide and commentator in a portrait gallery that is for all time," observed Louis Auchincloss. "He is the restless inhabitant of a prudish age, nostalgic, discursive, anecdotal, sentimental, worldly-wise, now warning us, now making fun of us, now reproving us .... Thackeray's harshest criticism of humanity is simply the point where ours commences. His perception of self-interest in every act is the ABC of modem psychology."
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375757266 (0375757260)
Publisher: Modern Library
Pages no: 768
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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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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