(Vanity Fair A Novel without a Hero) [Read] ✓ William Makepeace Thackeray

Us and always will be us generation after generation and nothing will change only the time will change There will always be Lord Steynes Jos Sedleys Old Osbornes Mother Sedleys Sir Pitt Crawleys Miss Crawleys the George Osbornes William Dobbins and Amelias Our task according to Thackeray is to figure out how best to treat them how best to interact and understand them how to live with them The real challenge however is how best to love appreciate and care for the Miss Becky Sharps in our lives We do deserve to know her to care for her to appreciate her for whom she is and she deserves to be brought in from the rambunctiousness and vagaries of the FairIn the nd it is Miss Sharp that gains at least some measure of redemption It is she and she alone that removes the mote from Amelia s Calling Home eyes regarding her feelings for William Dobbin For Becky Sharp does understand honor virtue and integrity or does she Thackeray finishes appropriately For truly it can be said Vanitas Vanitatum Which of us is happy in this world Which of us has his desire or having it is satisfied Come children let us shut up the box and the puppets for our play is played outA magnificent novel from start to finish But as we are to see a great deal of Amelia there is no harm in saying at the outset of our acuaintance that she was a dear little creature And a great mercy it is both in life and in novels which and the latterspecially 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 heroineI 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 uite freuently Reading it is rather like watching the play but with periodic pauses for the playwright to jump up on stage and offer his commentar The author makes his presence known towards the nd of the book It was both erie and uncanny He kept breaking the fourth wall then he conjured that apparition of his in one of the last chaptersVanity 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 uite droll in its stitching together There is a threat of a continuum then verything is put back into uestionClassics are a strange beast With them I feel attachment like it s the result of Stockholm Syndrome My delight at finishing these Mesozoic beasts is uniue to the genre Long may it continue 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 reviewWell what is is imagine an xhibition 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 The Structure of Soviet History: Essays and Documents 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 thatverybody is stupid and stupidly commits stupid acts verything always has been stupid verything always will be This I felt was worse because it was also depressing About that time I suppose I also read Vanity Fair for the first time view spoiler unless I didn t its hard to tie these things down sometimes it was before I had a computer let alone be introduced to Goodreads hide spoiler Vanity Fair is a big surprise for me I was xpecting 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 ngaged my attention always and Date Me even moving at timesOn the surface Vanity Fair is a story of the two main characters Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley two childhood friends from the oppositends 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 uite a lengthy novel of than 800 pages with a large cast of characters who revolve around the lives of the two protagonistsThe 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 virtuous for her own good yet unintentionally takes advantage of a man who has an unreuited love for her Nice but dim AmeliaIt is an interesting trope of a lot of fiction that the nicest kindest man is immediately friend zoned by the love of his life This is very much the case for William Dobbin the man who longs for his dead best friend s girl Amilia like a Norwegian Blue parrot pining for the fjordMy only minor criticism of the book pining for the fjordMy only minor criticism of the book that some of the characters are just a little too stupid to be realistic Amelia is well aware of Dobbin s love for her but feels unable to return his love because she feels that she would be betraying the memory of her dead husband Although Amelia is na ve dimwitted and does not care for him Dobbin an intelligent fellow cannot get over his obsession with her Amelia s brother Jos is Comfort And Joy even worse he has seen with his ownyes that Becky is dishonest mercenary and cannot be trusted but he still falls for her ntrapment His stupidity is surprising because he is described as talented *AND SINGLEHANDEDLY RECUES HIS FATHER AND *singlehandedly recues his father and sister from xtreme povertyThackeray s writing is wonderful Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health excessive usage of the word prodigious notwithstanding I don t think I have read anything this witty since The Picture of Dorian Gray Like all long novels it is something to sink into and live with rather than just passively readingThe book makes me reflect that being virtuous is notnough to be of much use to the world if the virtue is not supported by intelligence and wisdom On the other hand being clever li. Lmate Amelia Sedley a typically naive Victorian heroine the pampered daughter of a wealthy fami. Written in 1848 Vanity Fair is an xcellent satire of English society in the arly 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 Cause Of Fear even here Becky Sharp is out and out the anti heroine in this book which could well have been named The Rise and Fall of Rebecca SharpThackeray 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 vastlyntertaining They were also intended to make it instructive to his readersInterestingly 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 male writer of his day However these observations are invariably judgemental whereas he tends not to apply the same maxims to his male characters The men are seen much as individuals A modern reader becomes uneasy with this after a while it begins to seem less witty and apt and in fact rather tiresomeHere is an xample of Thackeray s views on women What do men know about women s martyrdoms We should go mad had we to ndure the hundredth part of those daily pains which are meekly borne by many women Ceaseless slavery meeting with no reward constant gentleness and kindness met by cruelty as constant love labour patience watchfulness without The Game of Love even so much as the acknowlegement of a good word all this how many of them have to bear in uiet and appear abroad with cheerful faces as if they felt nothing Tender slaves that they are they must needs be hypocrites and weak Thackeray s perceived audience will have been male readers of course and this is clear when he addresses the reader personally referring to your wife your sister or your servants And the audience will have beenducated land owning white males at that Some of the witty observations about an heiress from St Kitts or a black manservant called Sambo make the modern reader cringe The author is scathing about all his characters partialities and weaknesses yet because he is a man of his time culture and class he cannot see his own prejudices complacently considering that this is the only correct stanceVanity Fair was serialised in 20 monthly parts As with other novels which were originally issued in this way the structure is not as tight as the reader would wish There are great swathes of writing about charades or a play or a battle which are rather flabby Some parts seem very ponderous or lead nowhere whereas others are xtremely witty andor xciting Authors such as Thackeray and Dickens to whom this applied for nearly all of his novels would surely have wished to dit their work or ven rewritten scenes or altered characters had they had the opportunity It is incredible to a modern reader that they fared as well as they did under this draconian regime And it is therefore unfair to compare this with the structured later novels as it is not a level playing field Vanity Fair is a wicked foolish place full of all sorts of humbugs and falsenesses and pretensions states the author This theme of Vanity Fair is reiterated over and over again and throughout the reader will be thinking that nothing has changed over a century later Thackeray s observations of human behaviour are so apposite the descriptions of Situations Personalities Expressed Motives And personalities xpressed motives and motives which are inevitably very different are timeless And this of course coupled with the deliciously droll manner of Thackeray s writing is what makes this novel a classic It is hugely ntertaining in parts and would have been a 5 star novel had Thackeray s voice and attitudes not been uite so dominant throughout EDIT Interestingly The Lady in Pink each monthly installment of Vanity Fair onlyver sold 5000 copies at the most At the same time the hugely popular figure Charles Dickens was publishing his novel Dombey and Son which was also being serialised by the same publisher Before long the Eyes episodes of Dombey and Son were selling 40000 copies per monthight times as many Yet of the two nowadays probably Vanity Fair is the popular 1 I liked the company of Thackeray who is breezy bullient and cynical about veryone s motives And he s very confident too He thinks he knows verything 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 verything I don t mind them thinking that It s a good uality in a writer who s trying to depict all of society2 An xample 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 nd 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 about me but they t grieve too much when I am gone I am very rich and they want my inheritance or very poor and they are tired of supporting me 3 I can t believe veryone who 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 *was too long winded This is not a fancy and it could have been told concisely I was mostly bored reading itOn 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 ven for a brief moment was just too much for me I A Vineyard Christmas ended up despisingvery single character in the book Which if you want to get all literatti about it might be a good thing having a visceral reaction to the written word is often seen as a power fe. A novel that chronicles the lives of two women who could not be different Becky Sharp an orphan. W can manage but it didn t make me like the author the characters or the plot any better Vanity Fair A Novel without a Hero William Makepeace ThackerayVanity Fair is an English novel by William Makepeace Thackeray which follows the lives of Becky Sharp and Emmy Sedley amid their friends and families during and after the Napoleonic Wars A novel that chronicles the lives of two women who could not be different Becky Sh SpoilersMiss Rebecca Sharp s Guide to the Regency Society1 If a young lady is not born into Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose either rank or fortune she will be looked down upon by good society and forced toxist 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 xclusive academy for young ladies as an articled pupil she has to nsure that she makes the utmost ffort to learn verything that she could in that fine Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) 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 itnables the speaker to pass herself off as a daughter of the French aristocracy ven though in reality her mother is a mere stage actress3 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 ducation The brother of a school friend is most suitable Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, 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 thwart a young lady s designs on him 4 Schoolmistresses letters are to be trusted no nor less than churchyardpitaphs There are notable The First Ghost exceptions it must be admitted but they arexceedingly rare Nevertheless the young lady should she fail in her initial ffort to land a wealthy husband should ndeavour to gain a letter of introduction that would recommend her as a governess to the most respectable of households Such households though populated by dissolute aristocrats might house a number of potential spouses A younger son of a baronet Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential even though he is a scoundrel gambler swindler and murderer is a most suitable prospect provided that he is to inherit anlderly relative s fortune 5 Let them show ver so little inclination and men go down on their knees at once old or ugly it is all the same A little sweet talk and a wink and they all fall on your feet bearing trinkets of pearls and gold It doesn t matter a whit if he happens to be your best friend s husband nor if you yourself is somebody s lse s wife It is best however if the gentleman admirer is a wealthy powerful nobleman for the advantages that a clever lady could get from him financially or otherwise is great indeed Why not only is he able to provide the lady s household with a thousand pound cheue at a whim he is also able to bestow a profitable colonial governorship on the lady s husband Beware of the jealous husband though who through an imaginary affront to his honor might destroy all of the lady s clever schemes6 How To Live Well On Nothing A Year Appearances must be kept a residence in Mayfair a smart *carriage the best game and wines for one s ntertainments and the latest Parisian fashions *the best game and wines for one s ntertainments and the latest Parisian fashions to afford all these when one has no regular income Not to despair the ingenious lady always has means to do so Prevail upon the generosity of friends and relatives Impose upon your landlord and your greengrocers washerwomen and other domestics Unlike banks or Hebrew money lenders these little people are very unlikely to set loose a bailiff upon your respectable self Smokin' Hot especially if they are in awe of your noble family7 If all these schemes fail and both your husband and gentleman admirer abandon you in a cloud of scandal despair not A lady of some talent can always flee abroad and sing for her supper if necessary Better still if you could rekindle a relationship with a former beau now older and ailing who though his own fortune is muchncumbered would take a life insurance naming your pitiful self as a beneficiary The small fortune that Placing Memory ensues from such a settlement is surelynough to tide you over until your stranged son succeeds into his baronetcy and is finally able to provide you with a generous allowance Then you can spend your declining years as an admirably pious and charitable society lady Thus a penniless orphan girl need not condemn herself to a life of servitude and penury but instead rise into the pinnacle of society through her industry and ingeniousness 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 nlivened 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 theyTo me the narrator s voice in the novel was most amazing It seemed that at very 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 ach of us in our journey through life If we care to we can learn to become better parents better husbands better wives and

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friendsI also learned through course of the novel that I can t outright condemn Becky Sharp Becky is perhaps not a woman asily liked but she is an admirable woman a tough woman and a woman I can respect Strong minded and willed a terrible mother but a battle axe to those who take her head on Miss Becky Sharp Mrs Rawdon Crawley is committed to living life at its fullest and not one jot less She is a woman of purpose and that is a rare uality in many peopleThe novel drips with satire from page to page it is full of wit and sardonic humor It is through the use of satire that we realize that the characters at the Fair are us have been. Whose only resources are her vast ambitions her native wit and her loose morals; and her schoo. ,
Vanity Fair A Novel without a Hero