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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 May 8th 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
Ann Olszewski
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
Apr 04, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bettie☯ by: Victorian Obscure

Opening: A crow, who had flown away with a cheese from a dairy-window, sate perched on a tree looking down at a great big frog in a pool underneath him. The frog's hideous large eyes were goggling out of his head in a manner which appeared quite ridiculous to the old blackamoor, who watched the splay-footed slimy wretch with that peculiar grim humour belonging to crows. Not far from the frog a fat ox was browsing; whilst a few lambs frisked about the meadow,
Michael David
Jul 01, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'll let the novel describe itself by an excerpt of it: 'Hang it, what a bore!' (p. 524)

I discovered with this novel that television was made in order to prevent any more modern authors to write meandering, logorrheic novels such as this one. I merely skimmed the entire novel, and even then I thought it was an undeniable waste of time, especially because when I compare this novel to series such as Narcos or Fauda, this novel has barely anything happening within it. If I were to compare this nove
Nicola Brown
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this family saga (even though all these long books of Thackeray's are having a detrimental effect on my 2017 Reading Challenge). I love the way that Thackeray's characters pop up in different books - was he the originator of the companion novel? A very enjoyable read.
Warren Hall
Apr 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: victorian
The Newcomes is a book written by William Makepeace Thackeray during the Victorian era. It's one of his most 'Victorian' books to be written containing countless illusions and references towards a multitude of things before and of his time. Examples being Oliver Twist, The Arabian Nights, and Don Quixote. Throughout the book Latin, French, Greek, and Italian are used in an untranslated state too, so be warned of that.

In the review written by K. we read that she thinks the book is, "For the firs
Dec 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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).
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Pendennises are way better in this than they are in Pendennis.
Jun 10, 2010 marked it as will-someday-finish  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, humour
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.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mainly the book is a commentary on arranged marriages and how bad they are. A lot of things cleverly said.
Jan 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Second (possibly third?) go-around for me and this one. I love this book. Colonel Newcome is, with all due respect to Miss Sharp, my favorite Thackeray character.
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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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