Barry Lyndon (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – 11 Sep 2008
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William Makepeace Thackeray was a nineteenth century English novelist who was most famous for his classic novel, Vanity Fair, a satirical portrait of English society. With an early career as a satirist and parodist, Thackeray shared a fondness for roguish characters that is evident in his early works such as Vanity Fair, The Luck of Barry Lyndon, and Catherine, and was ranked second only to Charles Dickens during the height of his career. In his later work, Thackeray transitioned from the satirical tone for which he was known to a more traditional Victorian narrative, the most notable of which is The History of Henry Esmond. Thackeray died in 1863.
Andrew Sanders is Professor of Criminal Law and Criminology at the University of Birmingham.
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Highly recommended for the historical novel lover.
Look out also for an amusing and contemporarily relevant passage in which Thackeray denounces those who work in the City of London as 'gamesters'.
Reviewer David Williams blogs regularly as Writer in the North.
As such this splendid book, as unreliable a narrator as Barry Lyndon may be (and surely is), is not just the chronicle of a virtuoso swindler, but also holds up a mirror to society, and when Barry says near the end of the book 'at least, if I did and said what I liked, was not so bad as many a canting scoundrel I know of who covers his foibles and sins, unsuspected, with a ask of holiness', it seems hard to disagree with him on that point.
I vaguely recall having seen in a distant past the movie (with Ryan O'Neal, was it?) but that didn't really make an impression. Not so with the book! As always, or so it seems, the book is so much better than the movie.
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Thackeray thought so ill of Barry Lyndon that he advised his daughters not to read it. Though his first novel I found it most readable and even memorable, with failings in its last... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is the most badly produced book I have ever bought. The print size and quality and the layout and production are appalling and make the book more or less unreadable. Read morePublished on 2 July 2014 by Robbie C
I was prompted to buy this book by some reference I'd read somewhere, which aroused my interest.
I liked neither the content nor the style, and couldn't finish it.