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  • Hardcover
  • 699 pages
  • Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero
  • William Makepeace Thackeray
  • English
  • 06 February 2018

10 thoughts on “Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero

  1. says:

    Here I am, 54 years old, and for the very first time reading William Makepeace Thackeray s Vanity Fair Vanity Fair A Novel without a Hero I disagree with Thackeray The Hero of Vanity Fair is the steadfast and stalwart William Dobbin of that there is no doubt This novel is not the coming of age, or bildungsroman, of Becky Sharp No, Miss Rebecca Sharp sprang from the womb enlivened with her desire to claw her way to the top She can t help it, and nor should she is she really any different than any of us No, she s not It is her methods that vary from what you and I might use or do they To me, the narrator s voice in the novel was most amazing It seemed that at every opportune moment, the narrator took a step back and informed us, the reader, of some nugget, some little moral, that placed the actions of the participants in the Fair in context Vanity Fair is with us, all around us and many times we never fully understand the roles that the players play This voice of reason grounds us makes us understand the joy, the pain, the happiness, and the sorrow that accompanies each of us in our journey through life If we care to, we can learn to become better parents, better husbands, better wives, and better ...


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    But as we are to see a great deal of Amelia, there is no harm in saying, at the outset of our acquaintance, that she was a dear little creature And a great mercy it is, both in life and in novels, which and the latter especially abound in villains of the most sombre sort that we are to have for a companion so guileless and good natured a person As she is not a heroine, there is no need to describe her person indeed I am afraid that her nose was rather too short than otherwise and her cheeks a good deal too round and red for a heroine I just chose this passage randomly out of the first few pages of the novel to illustrate how much I love Thackeray s voice He himself is the best character in the novel To use theatre terminology, he definitely breaks the 4th wall into the story quite frequently Reading it is rather like watching the play, but with periodic pauses for the playwright to jump up on stage and offer his commentary upon the action, and also upon his perceptions of the feelings of those watching his creation Thackeray himself terms...


  3. says:

    Written in 1848, Vanity Fair is an excellent satire of English society in the early 19th Century Thackeray states several times that it is a novel without a hero , and at a couple of points tries to claim that Amelia, a good person but who inevitably comes across as rather wishy washy, is the heroine But we all know that a bad girl or boy is infinitely interesting than a good girl or boy, so I suspect Thackeray of dissembling even here Becky Sharp is out and out the anti hero ine in this book, which could well have been named, The Rise and Fall of Rebecca Sharp.Thackeray apparently saw people as abominably selfish and foolish , and this negative view comes across loud and clear with his use of vicious vocabulary, and his unremittingly dark portrayal of human nature The author s voice is continually present, and his wry observations do contribute to making the novel vastly entertaining They were also intended to make it instructive to his readers.Interestingly the author makes a habit of commenting on particular instances of female behaviour, and drawing from this to make a general observation of all women At first the reader is inclined to think how astute this is how well Thackeray knows women and how unusual and refreshing it is to find this in a ...


  4. says:

    1 I liked the company of Thackeray who is breezy, ebullient and cynical about everyone s motives And he s very confident too He thinks he knows everything, although there s not a word about how the poor live here, that s not his subject So he s like the mid 19th century version of Tom Wolfe or Jonathan Franzen, two authors among many others who also think they know everything I don t mind them thinking that It s a good quality in a writer who s trying to depict all of society.2 An example of his cynical sermonizing here he waxes forth about our yours, mine postmortem fate Which of the dead are most tenderly and passionately deplored Those who love the survivors the least, I believe The death of a child occasions a passion of grief and frantic tears, such as your end, brother reader, will never inspire The death of an infant which scarce knew you, which a week s absence from you would have caused to forget you, will strike you down than the loss of your closest friend and if you are old, as some reader of this may be or shall be old and rich or old and poor you may one day be thinking for yourself These people are very good round about me but they won t gri...


  5. says:

    The author makes his presence known towards the end of the book It was both eerie and uncanny He kept breaking the fourth wall, then he conjured that apparition of his in one of the last chapters.Vanity Fair contains no real heroes That was a fact that Thackeray himself stated, and who am I to dispute that This book of his is quite droll in its stitching together There is a threat...


  6. says:

    I realize that I m not making friends here by only giving what is considered a masterful piece of literature what amounts to a meh review but that s really how I felt about this book On a small scale, I thought the writing was too long winded This is not a fancy story and it could have been told concisely I was mostly bored reading it.On a bigger scale, I had serious issues with the heroine Rebecca is the type of woman who has always made my stomach churn in anger and to ask me to sympathize, even f...


  7. says:

    Vanity Fair is a big surprise for me I was expecting a story about the trial and tribulations of a couple of plucky lady friends what I discovered was a witty, satirical novel that made me laugh several times, engaged my attention always and even moving at times.On the surface Vanity Fair is a story of the two main characters Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley, two childhood friends from the opposite ends of the moral and intellectual spectrum Becky is ambitious, conniving and smart, Amelia is humble, kind, simple, and rather dim.The novel concurrently charts Becky s rise from her humble station in life to the rank of the fashionable high society, while Amelia meets with several misfortunes and becomes penniless It is quite a lengthy novel of than 800 pages with a large cast of characters who revolve around the lives of the two protagonists.The most interesting feature of Vanity Fair is how meta it is Thackeray often breaks the fourth wall to address the reader directly with sly and humorous asides, making light of the novelist s omnipotence Thackeray s satirical self portraitThe characters are very well drawn in ways than one , particularly Becky who is basically a femme fatale but still manages to show the odd flashes of conscience Amelia is too vir...


  8. says:

    I finish the book and wonder how to best convert the muddy puddle of my impressions into some kind of a coherent rich picture of a review.Well what is is, imagine an exhibition of of George Cruikshank s drawings or of those of Gilray perhaps, there is wit and fun, but after a while , maybe they are a little wearisome In this it reminds me of when I was a student and sometimes, not knowing any better I d read The Economist, eventually I noticed whatever country or problem was discussed the analysis was the same slash public spending, liberalise markets and open them to foreign trade as you open a person s chest for open heart surgery, and be smug Then I moved on to Private Eye for a while here the message was aside from the staff and readers of that journal that everybody is stupid and stupidly commits stupid acts, everything always has been stupid, everything always will be This I felt was worse, because it...


  9. says:

    C mo me sorprendi y divirti este libro en el que el narrador mantiene un continuo di logo con el lector y en el que disecciona en una mordaz caricatura a la sociedad de su tiempo, donde el tanto tienes tanto vales es ley y donde la mujer solo tiene una salida airosa el matrimonio Un libro que llega a provocar carcajadas y que se lee siempre con una sonrisa, aunque no sea siempre alegre No hay piedad por nadie, ni por los hombres ni por las mujeres, cuya situaci n parece denunciar aunque sin quitarles a ellas ni un gramo de su responsabilidad y con un cierto grado de misoginia Por su parte, los hombres, que pueden ser ambiciosos, rid culos, vengativos, pat ticos, antip ticos, vanidosos, son, en el fondo, nobles Fant stica la mala leche, la forma en que el narrador dice las cosas sin decirlas e incluso diciendo las contrarias como juega con el lector, en ocasiones levantando el velo solo un poquito, en otras desvel ndolo completamente, algunas m s dej ndonos todo a la im...


  10. says:

    Spoilers Miss Rebecca Sharp s Guide to the Regency Society1 If a young lady is not born into either rank or fortune, she will be looked down upon by good society and forced to exist in a humiliating dependency on others for life, unless the said young lady is willing, nay, not merely willing, but most strenuously strive to improve her situation 2 If the said young lady, despite being a poor orphan, happens to have the good fortune of being admitted into an exclusive academy for young ladies as an articled pupil, she has to ensure that she makes the utmost effort to learn everything that she could in that fine establishment The modern languages, Greek, Latin and the rudiments of Hebrew, as well as music and dancing are important subjects that need to be mastered by an accomplished young lady, but most important of all is the ability to speak good French with the purest Parisian accent, for it enables the speaker to pass herself off as a daughter of the French aristocracy, even though in reality her mother is a mere stage actress.3 A woman with fair opportunities, and without an absolute hump, may marry whom she likes A wealthy husband should be prospected immediately after the young lady completes her education The brother of a school friend is most suitable, even if the said young man is a fat dandy and not very sensible, as long as he is of ample inheritance Beware of the gluttonous young buck though, for an overindulgence in a bowl of punch might ...


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Vanity Fair: A Novel without a HeroA Novel That Chronicles The Lives Of Two Women Who Could Not Be Different Becky Sharp, An Orphan Whose Only Resources Are Her Vast Ambitions, Her Native Wit, And Her Loose Morals And Her Schoolmate Amelia Sedley, A Typically Naive Victorian Heroine, The Pampered Daughter Of A Wealthy Family.


About the Author: William Makepeace Thackeray

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.William had been sent