Vanity Fair by William M Thackeray

About the book

Thackeray’s upper-class Regency world is a noisy and jostling commercial fairground, predominantly driven by acquisitive greed and soulless materialism, in which the narrator himself plays a brilliantly versatile role as a serio-comic observer.

Although subtitled A Novel without a Hero, Vanity Fair follows the fortunes of two contrasting but inter-linked lives: through the retiring Amelia Sedley and the brilliant Becky Sharp, Thackeray examines the position of women in an intensely exploitative male world.

Reviewed by CC Readers

Enjoyed greatly by everyone who admired the writing, descriptions, characters and humour. A book to take to a desert island – endlessly amusing and interesting. A personal and intimate style – you are taken into Thackeray’s confidence. He knows you appreciate his satire and gentle criticising of human nature. A thoroughly modern book!”

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