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Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray
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May 22, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 1001-books-to-read-before-you-die, audiobooks, classics
Read from May 22 to June 01, 2010

The subtitle for Vanity Fair is 'A Novel Without a Hero'. Intrigued by this, as I read this book, I kept on searching for the 'hero' of this story. Although there are many characters, all of the morally 'good' characters are so self-sacrificing and spineless that they are hard to like. The dashing and colorful characters are, of course, deceitful and selfish, but very likeable. By the end of the book, I wasn't sure who I wanted to have that perfect ending. Overall, the descriptions and plot are strong, altough Thackeray makes a point of interjecting his sarcastic commentary about life in Victorian England. I found this funny at first, but it got a little tiresome. Definitely a strong Victorian novel, but I still prefer Dickens or Hardy.

I both listened and read this book (Wanda McCaddon as narrator). McCaddon does an excellent job of accents, but I find her voice just a bit grating and would have loved the smooth British accents of Simon Vance or John Lee.

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