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Catherine: A Story

3.25  ·  Rating details ·  83 ratings  ·  13 reviews
This is a pre-1923 historical reproduction that was curated for quality. Quality assurance was conducted on each of these books in an attempt to remove books with imperfections introduced by the digitization process. Though we have made best efforts - the books may have occasional errors that do not impede the reading experience. We believe this work is culturally importan ...more
Paperback, 188 pages
Published May 29th 2008 by BiblioLife (first published 1840)
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Catherine was Thackeray's first novel (1840) and was published under the pen name of Ikey Solomons, Esq., Jr. Catherine's character was based on the real life criminal, Catherine Hayes, who was burned at the stake for murder in London in 1726. It's an odd, disjointed tale of unsavory characters. Thackeray seems to apologize for their baseness several times directly to the reader through the narrator. While somewhat entertaining, it falls well short of the excellence of his classic, Vanity Fair.
Maria Thomarey
Feb 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Σε πολυ λίγες σελίδες , όλη η ειρωνία για την Αγγλικη υψηλή κοινωνία των λούμπεν και του υποκόσμο ...,,,
classic reverie
I knew what the outcome of Catherine Hayes' life and Thackeray's Catherine: A Story was based on her life but I wanted to read the actual events after I finished his novel. This was his first novel and he wanted to show that a writer does not have to succumb to having villains look like heroes but I must say he did not accomplish this but in his way he made one sympathize to a point with the villains. He had mentioned authors that brought out the best in these characters and many times he commen ...more
Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Un libro truculento. Al leer el título creí que me iba a topar con una heroína al estilo Jane Eyre o una persona que bien podía ganarse mi simpatía, pero evidentemente eso no estaba en los planes de Thackeray. Y lo deja bien claro desde el inicio.
Catherine es la historia de la muchacha que le da el título al libro. De orígenes humildes, la protagonista trabaja como mesera y soporta (o, según da a entender el narrador, provoca) las reacciones más primitivas de los hombres porque es hermosa. Un
Ricardo Moedano
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Contrary to the author's express purpose, and despite his provoking tactics to that effect, this book, Thackeray's first novel, rather than dissuade me from scouting the passages of the heinous yet esteemed Newgate faculty, aroused my morbidness and consigned me to roam along the villains resurrected by Edward Bulwer-Lytton and William Harrison Ainsworth in their works; villains lauded by the very public whose penchant for gruesome narratives Thackeray deplored and strove to stamp out with this ...more
Nov 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I was delighted with this. I want to do a complete Thackeray read, so I had to start with his first, although what I read about it didn't fill me with confidence. But it was very funny, I loved his authorial voice and despite what you may read, the plot works as well. OK, it's not as rounded as Vanity Fair, but well worth the reading.
Πάνος Τουρλής
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Διασκεδαστικό, καυστικό και κάπου κάπου χιουμοριστικό. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι δύσκολα θα σου αρέσει αν απλά κάτσεις και το διαβάσεις. Είναι ένα γνήσιο κείμενο του 16ου αιώνα επηρεασμένο από την εποχή και τους συγγραφείς της. Αν υπομονετικά ψάξεις πίσω από τις γραμμές για να βρεις τι σχολιάζει και τι σατιρίζει ο συγγραφέας, αν μελετήσεις τον τρόπο ζωής συμπεριφοράς και τιμωρίας των εγκληματιών θα έχεις μια ολοκληρωμένη εικόνα της κουλτούρας της Αγγλίας του 16ου αι. Περνάνε όλοι από το κείμενο: φιλόσ ...more
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Wow! What a pleasant surprise this novel was. I only read it because I got the complete works of Thackeray on my Kindle. It is my experience that first novel seem to be interesting at best or how-they-improved at worst. This, though, is an exception. Thackerary's first was extremely engaging, very funny, and a wonderful example on how an author can bring us in by acknowledging the fact that we are in fact reading it. i could talk about the plot, but I don't think that is what keeps us reading. I ...more
Nicola Brown
Sep 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. Thackeray's style is engaging and often very funny - I found myself reading bits out to my other half. A very enjoyable read.
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Wonderful story, interesting characters, and some very sharp writing occasionally.

As a novel this is weighed down by the author feeling it necessary to try justifying his novel, at least from a 21st century perspective, often and excessively. I don't want to here about how you're 'not like other crime writers' again and again even if you attempt to write about it in charming, creative ways each time.

Pretty good for a first novel. I definitely want to read more from this author.

I felt the endi
Oct 09, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Catherine: A Story was written by William Makepeace Thackeray in response to the popularity of early nineteenth-century crime fiction - the so-called Newgate novels, based on the lives of criminals that went to Newgate prison (either historical or fictional) and their stories in the ‘Newgate Calendar’, a popular record with criminal biographies sold cheaply. Thackeray’s story of Catherine is based on an eighteenth-century murderess, burned at the stake for killing her husband. The author was fru ...more
Dec 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: classics
An early book, whose tone is familiar, but whose goal in writing is a little messy. He clearly wanted to write a satire of books that glamorize criminals, but he can't seem to help making Catherine sympathetic.
Aug 15, 2014 rated it liked it
Ok. Well written, interesting story and characters, but the ending is melodramatic, and it's definitely not Thackeray's best. Quick easy read.
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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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