Vanity Fair by William Makepeace ThackerayVanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair

byWilliam Makepeace Thackeray

Paperback | May 1, 2013


Two young women, Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley, leave Miss Pinkerton's Academy together. They are friends, yet the witty and flirtatious Becky looks set to outdo the passive, sweet-natured Amelia with her ruthless determination to grab what she can in life. And so all kinds of battles and fortunes are won and lost against a backdrop of the Napoleonic wars.

Thackeray's satire and corruption at every level of English society is rightly subtitled 'a novel without a hero', since none of its characters have improved themselves by the end. However, it was a success from its first appearance in 1847 and remains one of the greatest comic novels.
William Makepeace Thackeray was born in Calcutta, India, where his father was in service to the East India Company. After the death of his father in 1816, he was sent to England to attend school. Upon reaching college age, Thackeray attended Trinity College, Cambridge, but he left before completing his degree. Instead, he devoted his t...
Title:Vanity FairFormat:PaperbackPublished:May 1, 2013Language:English

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ISBN - 10:1848376111

ISBN - 13:9781848376113


Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED this book I loved this book, it is not a quick read and to some may be daunting, but It was definitely enjoyable through and through.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A Great Book A classic, definitely worth the read. A long book that certainly lags in certain areas, but a rewarding read all the same.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply astounding Quite simply one of the best novels ever written. The story is supurb, the characters wonderful and vivid. It's a classic. Any well read person needs to include this in their library.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sculpted by a Mirror Vanity Fair was an enthralling tale, written with perseverance truth, and reality. Becky Sharp had this idealistic logic, that was much frowned upon in the Napoleonic times, as woman were to be braced upon the image of a wilted flower. She was witty, and strong-willed, though wasn't in the least bit meek or, in defiance, like Miss Pinkerton painted her to be. She was made of a different structure, and I'm sure had most of the characteristics of Isabella Shawe, Thackeray's wife-the young lady unnoticed, decided, and with no intention whatsoever of having any discreetness in her future; rather, a simple voice of background to entitle what they were to be. Amelia Sedley was this idealistic stature, being both of privilege and of a life that has been spread before her, though being quaint and away from scandal, as well. She was heroic yet not the person you wished upon, for both Becky and Amelia were hopeful and in a way managed to be that of Angelic figures in the end. The romance was suspenceful, full of the fluttered feeling one gets when one has the whole England materialism of being, 'Not good enough', or better yet, with not enough good in them. The plotting and scheming and the ideas of this novel was thought out and deciphered to be as marvelous a piece as Cold Mountain.
Date published: 2005-09-23

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