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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: William Makepeace Thackeray Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A deliciously satirical attack on a money-mad society, Vanity Fair is an immensely moral novel, and an immensely witty one. Vanity Fair features two heroines: the faithful, loyal Amelia Sedley, and the beautiful and scheming social climber Becky Sharp. It also engages a huge cast of wonderful supporting characters as the novel spins from Miss Pinkerton’s academy for young ladies to affairs of love and war on the continent to liaisons in the dazzling ballrooms of London. 

William Makepeace Thackeray’s forte is the bon mot, and it is amply exercised in a novel filled with memorably wicked lines. Lengthy and leisurely in pace, the novel follows the adventures of Becky and Amelia as their fortunes rise and fall, creating a tale both picaresque and risqué. Thackeray mercilessly skewers his society, especially the upper class, poking fun at their shallow values and pointedly jabbing at their hypocritical “morals.” His weapons, however, are not fire and brimstone but an unerring eye for the absurd and a genius for observing the foibles of his age. An enduring classic, this great novel is a brilliant study in duplicity and hypocrisy—and a mirror with which to view our own times.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jenny McPhee | 2/10/2014

    " Becky Sharp is one of the great characters of all time. She's up there with Lily Bart and Scarlett O'Hara. This maybe "a novel without a hero" but it's certainly a novel with a heroine. Becky is not exactly likeable but since when did likeable characters become a plus in a novel? And of course this novel is as relevant today as it ever was. Banking scams and failures, greedy social climbers, thwarted love stories. Nothing new under the sun but satire razor sharp and so very fun to read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jess | 2/6/2014

    " So after a semester in which I had three different literature classes, I have no idea why I read this. And I spent the whole book wondering why I was reading it. Now, having finished it, I still wonder why I read it. At least it was interesting-ish, I guess. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Biogeek | 2/2/2014

    " I have no idea why I subjected myself to this. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Brandy | 1/31/2014

    " It took me a long time to get into this book; partially due to my lack of a reading regime, but also because I found it boring. "

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About the Author
Author William Makepeace Thackeray

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811–1863) was born and educated to be a gentleman but gambled away much of his fortune while at Cambridge. He trained as a lawyer before turning to journalism. He was a regular contributor to periodicals and magazines and Vanity Fair was serialised in Punch in 1847–8.