Vanity Fair a Novel Without a Hero V1
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1848. Thackeray's most well-known work, Vanity Fair is a satirical epic of love and social adventure. The story follows the trials and tribulations of two young women Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley. After leaving the shelter of Miss Pinkerton's Academy, they come to Vanity Fair where the charming and amoral Becky and sweet Amelia, along with an interesting and varied cast o...more
Published June 1st 2005 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1848)
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A biting and witty satire on English social life and customs during the first part of the nineteenth century, its subtitle is “a novel without a hero,” and it could also be added without heroines. Yet the book’s two central characters, the virtuous but dim and naive Amelia Sedley and the amoral, clever, congenial Becky Sharp both display admirable and distressing qualities as they rise, fall, and rise again in society. One of the great virtues of Vanity Fair is that while it is told in hilarious...more
By: William Makepeace Thackeray. Grade A+
The first thing that grasped me as I began the novel ‘Vanity Fair’ was the immense confidence of the author, William Makepeace Thackeray. He doesn’t just assert his confidence in every word of his masterpiece, but proclaims it boldly in the very title by calling his book ‘Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero.’

Yes, a novel without a hero! But ‘a novel without a hero’ it definitely isn’t. Those words are just a satire on the heroes of common imagination. The...more

I liked very much this satire on English society, that can be very easily transposed into modern times. If you change the daddies with contemporary metrosexuals there is not hard to imagine this novel set in current world. Of course, nobles are no longer so important, but there are certain other "upper classes" that took their place.

The main issue with the novel is with its length and with many other references in world literature or antiquity. Due to this it can be hard to read for some.
This is one of my all-time favorite books. There is a lot of depth to the story, I enjoy the strong authorial voice and the philosophy in the book. It was great fiction, but what I really appreciated was the statement "and this is vanity fair"...or "this too was vanity". Definitely a must read.
my edition was in one volume and printed in1898 or 68. difficult to read date. interesting scenes around eourope but i think it would have been more intesting to the people living there in the 1800s.
Bridget Weller
Dated in a way that many other (better?) novels of the same period aren't. Found it a bit of a struggle to stay engaged for the duration
Found it a bit too "long winded" but probably typical of the writing of the time. The end left nothing to the imagination.
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Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta, India, where his father, Richmond Thackeray (1 September 1781 – 13 September 1815), held the high rank of secretary to the board of revenue in the British East India Company. His mother, Anne Becher (1792–1864) was the second daughter of Harriet and John Harman Becher and was also a secretary (writer) for the East India Company.

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