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ISBN:
0863076718
Author:
Thackeray W.M
Category:
Thrillers & Suspense
Language:
English
Publisher:
The Great Writers Library (1987)
Pages:
607 pages
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1238 kb
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Rating:
4.6
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Vanity Fair is an English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley amid their friends and families during and after the Napoleonic Wars

Vanity Fair is an English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray, which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley amid their friends and families during and after the Napoleonic Wars. It was first published as a 19-volume monthly serial from 1847 to 1848, carrying the subtitle Pen and Pencil Sketches of English Society, reflecting both its satirisation of early 19th-century British society and the many illustrations drawn by Thackeray to accompany the text.

Thackeray and "Vanity Fair". William Makepeace Thackeray (1811 - 1863) was born to a prosperous middle-class family in India His father was an English official in Calcutta. After his father's death, when the boy was 3 years old, he was brought to England to be educated at school and later at Cambridge University. The gallery of snobs in the book convinces the reader that "snobbishness" was one of the most characteristic features of the ruling class of England at that time Thackeray wrote, "The society that sets up to be polite and ignores Art and Letters, I hold to be a Snobbish society.

Becky Sharp receives a proposal of marriage from Sir Pitt Crawley, illustration by William Makepeace Thackeray for his novel Vanity Fair (1847–48). Hulton Archive/Getty Images.

Vanity Fair is an English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. The book was originally published as a serial entitled Pen and Pencil Sketches of English Life. Vanity Fair is an English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray. In 1848 it was published as a novel and the subtitle, A novel without a hero was added to reflect the moral ambiguity of the central characters. The story is framed as a puppet play with an unreliable narrator in Thackeray.

By William Makepeace Thackeray. Being commanded by her elder sister to get the Dictionary from the cupboard, Miss Jemima had extracted two copies of the book from the receptacle in question. As the manager of the Performance sits before the curtain on the boards and looks into the Fair, a feeling of profound melancholy comes over him in his survey of the bustling place. When Miss Pinkerton had finished the inscription in the first, Jemima, with rather a dubious and timid air, handed her the second. For whom is this, Miss Jemima? said Miss Pinkerton, with awful coldness.

Читать онлайн Vanity Fair. Thackeray William Makepeace. William Makepeace Thackeray. All which details, I have no doubt, JONES, who reads this book at his Club, will pronounce to be excessively foolish, trivial, twaddling, and ultra-sentimental

Читать онлайн Vanity Fair. All which details, I have no doubt, JONES, who reads this book at his Club, will pronounce to be excessively foolish, trivial, twaddling, and ultra-sentimental. Yes; I can see Jones at this minute (rather flushed with his joint of mutton and half pint of wine), taking out his pencil and scoring under the words foolish, twaddling, amp;c. and adding to them his own remark of QUITE TRUE.

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303. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (Novel-E Book-Fiction) 5 Originally The Novel Without a Hero, which more or less is about the gist of it, as even the character Colonel William Dobbin is not without some flaws. The author certainly is a loquacious writer and no doubt his mind was muddled at times and certainly his pen hand cramped with the volume of pages of this work.

Vanity Fair seems like it's going to be one of those blonde girl/brunette girl parallel lives stories, but the plot takes so many twists and turns that this formula ends up cast aside. Two girls graduate from a finishing school. One, Becky Sharp, is the daughter of an alcoholic, broke art teacher. The other, Amelia Sedley, is the daughter of a very well-to-do middle class investor. Because of their very different childhoods, they have already learned different lessons about the world

William Makepeace Thackeray. Amelia does not esteem the values of Vanity Fair; Rebecca cares for nothing else.

William Makepeace Thackeray. Rebecca first attempts to enter the sacred domain of Vanity Fair by inducing Joseph Sedley, Amelia's brother, to marry her. George Osborne, however, foils this plan; he intends to marry Amelia and does not want a governess for a sister-in-law. Rebecca takes a position as governess at Queen's Crawley, and marries Rawdon Crawley, second son of Sir Pitt Crawley.

As the manager of the performancesits before the curtainson the boards, and look into the fair, a feeling of profound melancholy comes over him in his survey of the bustling place...
  • Asyasya
My first attempt at reading this, years ago, ended with me giving up in the first chapter or two. This time I stuck with it and was rewarded with a greatly entertaining and amusing book. One thing I would recommend is to get a version with plenty of footnotes, because there are many things that need some explaining after 150 years!

The Kindle version Vanity Fair - Full Version (Illustrated and Annotated) (Literary Classics Collection Book 44) had plenty of footnotes, the most I could find in any Kindle version. Without them I would have been lost at times as to the meaning of certain references. There are also some typos, but not enough to destroy reading enjoyment. Also, this version has the original illustrations by the author.

Highly recommended!
  • Fearlesssinger
303. Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray (Novel-E Book-Fiction) 5* Originally “The Novel Without a Hero”, which more or less is about the gist of it, as even the character Colonel William Dobbin is not without some flaws. The author certainly is a loquacious writer and no doubt his mind was muddled at times and certainly his pen hand cramped with the volume of pages of this work. Published as a 19 volume series between 1847-1848, it's meant to reflect early 19th century society of England, told with wit and satire. As the reader follows the lives of Amelia Sedley and Rebecca Sharp, we don't have to wait long to determine each ladies character, Amelia being naïve and Rebecca unscrupulous and rather ruthless at times. Their paths cross many times during the course of the narrative and not always in a good way. I thought it was an excellent story and well written which I thoroughly enjoyed. “Ah, Vanitas Vattatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? Or, having it is satisfied? -come, children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out” William Makepeace Thackeray and thus ends Vanity Fair.
  • Konetav
This is not a review of the novel which is a masterpiece despite the reviews of a few people who didn't like the book. The fact that you don't like the book or understand the importance of the book does not mean it's not a masterpiece. I am reviewing the Barnes and Noble edition which is listed under annotated versions if you search that way. There are many brief references throughout the book---maybe on 30%-40% of the pages. They are very brief. I give this edition four starts because the Penguin edition has many more and they are more thorough. The Penguin is out of print but used copies can be found if searched for. This edition is fine and superior to those editions without such references but not as good as the Penguin.
  • Reemiel
Reactions to this novel will probably depends heavily on two things -- tolerance for a long, sprawling, often diffuse story and a willingness to immerse oneself in a book where none of the main characters are fully likable people.

This is a long, long book. When I started reading it I was living in Arizona with no plans to move. By the time I finished the book this week, I had been a resident of Minnesota for almost three months. And I'm not a slow reader. It isn't the most sprawling Victorian novel I've read (The Way of All Flesh felt a lot longer and involved many more generations and Wives and Daughters: An Everyday Story, another great serial novel, was also pretty meandering), but it is certainly in the category.

If you have a willingness to immerse yourself in an author's world for an extended period of time, you will probably enjoy this novel. It helps, however, to also have an appetite for harsh social commentary. It doesn't seem as if the author likes anybody very much. Even the characters who are initially appealing turn out to have serious character flaws. Readers who want to "like" characters should probably keep looking.

On the whole, I thought this novel was an excellent read. The author's wit, while not as sharp as Dickens at his best, is enjoyable. The frequent authorial injections, while an old-fashioned technique, were delivered with a sensibility that was quite modern. The story didn't turn out at all as I expected it would.

If you have an appetite for a long novel with realistic characters, I highly recommend this book. I liked it enough to want to check out more of the author's work. Comparing him to authors like Austen isn't really fair. He was really working in a completely different way, with the same elements of social satire, but on a much longer scale and in a much darker vein.