- Mass Market Paperback: 912 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (30 Aug. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140437533
- ISBN-13: 978-0140437539
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.8 x 19.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 766,595 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics) Mass Market Paperback – 30 Aug 2001
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About the Author
William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) born and educated to be a gentleman but gambled away much of his fortune while at Cambridge. He then trained as a lawyer before turning to journalism. He was a regular contributor to periodicals and magazines and 'Vanity Fair' was serialised in Punch in 1847-8. His other novels include 'The Luck of Barry Lyndon' and 'The History of Henry Esmond. John Carey is Professor of English at Oxford University. He has written on Dickens and Thackeray.
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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. Read the first page
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It is difficult to be totally against Becky's attempts to rise to the top. Her plight to shake off the hinderences birth in a such a society can be much more sympathised with to the modern reader than the Victorian one. Similarly the angelicness of Amelia can become annoying at times- to readers 150 years ago, however, she would have been an ideal woman. These differences make for very interesting speculations on how opinions have changed over time making VF just as an important read as it was when written.
A louder, brasher classic with the rare charm of humour. A long read but well worth it. Highly recomended.
As these two emerge from Miss Pinkerton's Academy for Young Ladies, and make their ways in the world, we subsequently encounter a large number of colourful characters, most of whose fortunes are destined to rise and fall in numerous intriguing ways across the more than 700 pages of this picaresque novel. Thackeray considered himself more of a realist and less of a sentimentalist than Dickens. Whether you'd agree with such an analysis or not I leave to your judgement.
The book itself, like much of Dickens work, originally appeared in serial instalments. This results in a long tale made up of satisfyingly small and palatable chapters, a veritable literary banquet of sixty-seven courses. I found it utterly compelling, and, despite rather too much life and work intervening, was nonetheless able to read the whole thing in about a week. I enjoyed it so much I plan to listen to it as an audiobook and watch the more recent BBC adaptation of it to.
Thackeray writes very well, choosing to frequently address the reader directly, and portraying the tale as if it were a real story that he himself picked up in his travels (I plan to enjoy finding out if there's anything to this idea other than a nice authorial conceit).Read more ›