Vanity Fair A Novel Without A Hero William Makepeace Thackeray

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Vanity Fair A Novel Without A Hero  by  William Makepeace Thackeray

Vanity Fair A Novel Without A Hero by William Makepeace Thackeray
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A marvelous, incisive social satire that gleefully exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars through its tracing of the changing fortunes of two unforgettablewomen. It is a comic masterpiece thatMoreA marvelous, incisive social satire that gleefully exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars through its tracing of the changing fortunes of two unforgettablewomen. It is a comic masterpiece that still resonates today.Re-reading Vanity Fair, one realises what a brilliant innovation this was in the English novel,remarked V.

S. Pritchett. Thackeray is like the modern novelists who derive from James and Proust, in his power of dissecting (and of desiccating ) character.Generally considered tobe his masterpiece, Vanity Fair is Thackerays resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled A NovelWithout a Hero, it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp-one of literatures most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines--and herfoil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley.

Thackerays subversive, comic attack on the hypocrisy and dismal roguery of an avaricious world resonates 150 years later with implications for our owntimes.Thackeray is an urbane nineteenth-century guide and commentator in a portrait gallery that is for all time, observed Louis Auchincloss. He is the restless inhabitantof a prudish age, nostalgic, discursive, anecdotal, sentimental, worldly-wise, now warning us, now making fun of us, now reproving us .... Thackerays harshest criticism of humanity is simply the point where ourscommences.

His perception of self-interest in every act is the ABC of modem psychology.



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