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Vanity Fair, with its rich cast of characters, takes place on the snakes-and-ladders board of life. Amelia Sedley, daughter of a wealthy merchant, has a loving mother to supervise her courtship. Becky Sharp, an orphan, has to use her wit, charm, and resourcefulness to escape from her destiny as a governess. This she does ruthlessly, musing: I think I could become a good woman, if I has 5000 pounds a year. Thackeray's story is set at the time of the battle of Waterloo, in which the Sedley fortunes are lost - and Amelia is back to square one - while Becky rises with contemptuous ease. Download and start listening now!


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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Annie | 1/26/2014

    " Hated all the characters in it, and especially the authorial voice. But couldn't stop reading it. I don't understand. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Andrew Hastie | 1/2/2014

    " The similarities between this and Gone With The Wind, which I began noticing from the start of the novel, are striking. Not only did I read Gone With the Wind straight before this, but later found, after finishing Vanity Fair, that links between the two novels were first made back when Gone With The Wind was published - Quite a coincidence seeing as I had no idea when I first started reading Vanity Fair! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Linda I | 12/23/2013

    " This novel is a brilliant portrayal and satire of the 19th century English social climbing society, labeled Vanity Fair by Thackeray (a reference to Bunyan's "The Pilgram's Progress"). As Thackeray describes, this is a story without a hero as it revolves around the adult lives of two women diametrically opposite in personality: Ms. Becky Sharp, a conniving, intelligent and multi-talented social climber; and Amelia Sedley, a sweet-tempered, devoted and placid woman. At the novels onset, both women leave their boarding school to face the world. Amelia returns to her once wealthy family, now somewhat poverty-stricken, and Becky is to become the governess for the baronet Sir Pitt Crawley's children. Both women marry without the consent of their husband's families, but Becky marries out of hopes for title, whereas Amelia marries out of love. Becky's never-ending efforts to become "a respectable lady" do lead her into the highest ranks of polite society, but the fickle nature of Vanity Fair has no loyality and Becky eventually becomes as destitute as those she once looked down upon. Amelia, on the other hand, loses her husband at the Battle of Waterloo and clings to her family and son during her many years of mourning. Yet, neither her poverty nor her sad semblance of life affect her kindness and charity towards others. The ending has some moral justice but, because there are no heroes in this tale, the conclusion could appear unjust for those who have been wronged; just one of the myriad reasons why involving oneself in the affairs of Vanity Fair is not only unnecessary but pernicious. Moral: be happy with your lot in life and be wary of over-extending your fortune through deceit. I thoroughly enjoyed this witty tale. And as mentioned in the preface to Jane Eyre: Thackeray is a genius of social observation. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Jan | 12/22/2013

    " I had a college professor who loved Vanity Fair so much that he was reading just one page a night, of the novel, to get the full benefit of it. Imagine that?! I cannot. On the other hand, I pushed bravely through it barely understanding the full import of what was going on. It took the movie--with Reese Witherspoon (hey Reesie!)--to put me to rights on this. Someday I may actually read this book again and find that I am in accordance with my professor? ... (naw! lol.) "

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