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Another reviewer stated it best. This book has not aged well.
The whole time I was reading this I was thinking "Make it stop! Make it die!"
Going into Vanity Fair, I had expected it to be something like Jane Austen meets Anna Karenina. I planned to read it just like I did Anna Karenina, in (roughly) 100 page blocks... Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2010 by Andrea
Greed, gold-digging and deception sit at the heart of "Vanity Fair." It's no joke that it's subtitled "a novel without a hero" -- William Makepeace Thackeray mercilessly skewered... Read morePublished on May 14 2007 by EA Solinas
Greed, gold-digging and deception sit at the heart of "Vanity Fair." It's no joke that it's subtitled "a novel without a hero" -- William Makepeace Thackeray mercilessly skewered... Read morePublished on March 7 2007 by EA Solinas
As Thackeray's Vanity Fair was my first serious foray into 19th century british literature, I found it a bit daunting at first. Read morePublished on July 2 2004 by Keith Anderson
William Makepeace Thackeray was a wonderfully insightful and intelligent rabble-rouser. He speaks in this tale with a very gossipy tone and spectacular wit and with elements of... Read morePublished on March 25 2004 by "bignami-finn"
One of the greatest triumphs of the 19th Century / Victorian novel is the way in which it masters the English language, utilizing it with such eloquence that, nearly bordering on... Read morePublished on March 18 2004 by Pete Amaro
The reputation of Thackeray's "Vanity Fair" perseveres to this day, but I'm not sure it demands to be read in preference to many of its contemporaneous peers. Read morePublished on March 4 2004 by A.J.
William Makepeace Thackeray was not a major author, but his major work-Vanity Fair-is a fine piece of English prose. Read morePublished on Feb. 29 2004