The Newcomes: Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family
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The Newcomes: Memoirs of a Most Respectable Family

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Sir Brian Newcome's marriage into the aristocratic Kew family brought titled respectability to his family's 'new' money. Now the marriage of his daughter Ethel is of crucial importance to both families in their quest for further advancement.
Hardcover, 1104 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by University of Michigan Press (first published 1855)
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I picked up this book after reading Trollope's "Ralph the Heir," which mentions the main character of this book quite a number of times as a paragon of virtue and heroics. I was intrigued, and, the book happened to be sitting on my shelves.

For the first 400 pages this was the most rambling, not-to-the (or any)-point book ever. I kept getting glimpses of the story, of the important characters, the themes, but they kept constantly being dropped along the wayside of asides and personal feelings an...more
I didn't enjoy this as much as Thackeray's Vanity Fair, and I can understand why it's not read too much today (despite being very popular until about 100 years ago). While there are moments of both sly humor and true pathos to pull you in, it's not the kind of story that transcends its time. For example, one of the main characters, Clive, is just an emo, wanna-be artist who doesn't do much but travel around, have fun and moon over his cousin. It's hard to feel much sympathy for a guy like this,...more
Oct 14, 2011 Stephanie marked it as will-someday-finish  ·  review of another edition
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Reading Part I was the accomplishment of my summer! I'd love to read Part II when I have time.
I recommend making a Newcome family tree in pencil and using it as a bookmark.
Mainly the book is a commentary on arranged marriages and how bad they are. A lot of things cleverly said.
This book was long and little confusing, particularly in the beginning - it was kind of all over the place. I liked the middle, but the end was a little melodramatic (not like Dickens, but very sentimental).
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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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“I hope the artist who illustrates this work will take care to do justice to his portrait. Mr. Clive himself, let that painter be assured, will not be too well pleased if his countenance and figure do not receive proper attention.” 3 likes
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