Vanity Fair is a story of two heroines-one humble, the other a scheming social climber-who meet in boarding school and embark on markedly different lives. Amid the swirl of London's posh ballrooms and affairs of love and war, their fortunes rise and fall. Through it all, Thackeray lampoons the... show more
Vanity Fair is a story of two heroines-one humble, the other a scheming social climber-who meet in boarding school and embark on markedly different lives. Amid the swirl of London's posh ballrooms and affairs of love and war, their fortunes rise and fall. Through it all, Thackeray lampoons the shallow values of his society, reserving the most pointed barbs for the upper crust. What results is a prescient look at the dogged pursuit of wealth and status-and the need for humility.
Publish date: July 1st 1997
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Pages no: 848
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...