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Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero ❮PDF / Epub❯ ☃ Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero Author William Makepeace Thackeray – 'I think I could be a good woman if I had five thousand a year'Becky Sharp is sharp calculating and determined to succeed Craving wealth and a position in society she charms hoodwinks manipulates ever 'I think I could A Novel eBook ¸ be a good woman if I Vanity Fair: ePUB ½ had five thousand a year'Becky Sharp is sharp calculating and determined Fair: A Novel Epub â to succeed Craving wealth and a position in society she charms Fair: A Novel without a PDF/EPUB ² hoodwinks manipulates everyone she meets rising in the world as she attaches herself to a succession of rich men Becky's fortunes are contrasted with those of her best friend Amelia who has none of Becky's wit and vitality but whose gentle heartedness attracts the devotion of the loyal DobbinSet during the Napoleonic wars Vanity Fair follows Becky as she cuts a swathe through Regency society Thackeray paints a panoramic portrait of the age with war money and national identity his great subjects The battle for social success is as fierce as the battle of Waterloo and its casualties as stricken The satire is at once biting and profound sparing none in a clear eyed exposure of a world on the make Thackeray's scepticism of human motives borders on cynicism yet Vanity Fair is among the funniest novels of Fair: A Novel without a PDF/EPUB ² the Victorian age This new edition includes all Thackeray's original illustrationsABOUT THE SERIES For over years Oxford World's Classics has made available the widest range of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features including expert introductions by leading authorities helpful notes to clarify the text up to date bibliographies for further study and much.

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  1. Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) Captain Sir Roddy, R.N. (Ret.) says:

    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 enlivened 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 they?To me the narrator's voice in the novel was most amazing It seemed that at every 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 each of us in our journey through life If we care to we can learn to become better parents better husbands better wives and better friendsI also learned through the course of the novel that I can't outright condemn Becky Sharp Becky is perhaps not a woman easily 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 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 end 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 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

  2. Bionic Jean Bionic Jean says:

    Written in 1848 Vanity Fair is an excellent satire of English society in the early 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 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 vastly entertaining 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 example of Thackeray's views on women What do men know about women's martyrdoms? We should go mad had we to endure 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 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 been educated 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 extremely witty andor exciting Authors such as Thackeray and Dickens to whom this applied for nearly all of his novels would surely have wished to edit their work or even 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 hidden 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 entertaining in parts and would have been a 5 star novel had Thackeray's voice and attitudes not been uite so dominant throughout EDIT Interestingly each monthly installment of Vanity Fair only ever 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 episodes of Dombey and Son were selling 40000 copies per month eight times as many Yet of the two nowadays probably Vanity Fair is the popular

  3. Kelly Kelly says:

    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 latter especially 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 commentary upon the action and also upon his perceptions of the feelings of those watching his creation Thackeray himself terms the Vanity Fair his comment on society in general a sort of play This might sound annoying to some but really it isn't If you're already reading the book critically I suppose it could also be compared to reading a chunk of a book for class and then stopping to discuss your reactions with a professor determined to make you see things beyond the surface and expose whatever prejudices you might have against the book I loved debating with Thackeray in interpreting scenes and actions The margins are filled with my disagreements or indulgence of his point of view And I almost never write in books It was irresistable in this case It is as interesting trying to draw a portrait of Thackeray's character as it is the rest of them He is sometimes defensive sometimes judgemental of his audience at times uietly insightful at times ironic at times as gleeful as a child at some trick he believes he's played upon us You can just see him cackling over his writing clapping his hands when he thinks of something good and scribbling away furiously into the night He makes the tale seem brightly urgently alive just in the sheer immediacy of his feeling and force of personalityRight As to the story itself? Very solid old fashioned tale of love war betrayal money family All the standards for an epic But in the way it is executed it is anything but standard Particularly for its time It was subtitled the novel without a hero by Thackeray It is a book filled with as the best are very grey characters with motivations and actions sometimes very hard to fathom The epitome of this is of course Becky Sharp the main character if not the heroine of the piece Capable of both acts of great kindness and selflessness and sheer naked cruelty when it suits her it is hard to either condemn or praise the woman in the end I grew to root for her anyway though She's awful she really is but she does seem to learn by the end of the book She changes progresses and all while getting everything she's ever really seemed to want She's ambitious and cutthroat but manages to do well in a world that tries to slap her down at every turn Not that she doesn't deserve it sometimes I will admit There is also a standard sweeping love story for those of you in it for the conventional aspects The above described Amelia is involved in that plotlineAlso? This book has the best the longest the most throughly researched and detailed description of the battle of Waterloo that you are likely to find A huge chunk of the book is devoted to that day and the reaction to that day and it is as epic a war novel as one could hope to find for that space of timeIn some ways I feel like Thackeray was trying to encompass his century as a whole not just the very specific time of the Napoleonic wars He deals with class money ambition war roles and rights of women uestions of morality and times that inevitably change and change again pushing the old world and the old ways into ever faster irrelevance Just as the 19th century did I think Becky Sharp might well be a fitting symbol of the whole century she wants to rise high in society she wants as much money as she can get her hands on she wants the appearance of morality but doesn't much care for the actuality she is from the lower class and spends the book working her way up the ladder tooth and nail through representatives of the old guard at any cost to herself or others And yet she still holds sentimental feelings for Amelia for her husband she does what she thinks is best for her son however controversial that might be and at whatever cost in pride and she cannot uite bear to be completely alone I don't know I'm really just remembering things I wrote down when I read this over two years ago re piecing together theories so I hope you'll forgive me if they're a wee incoherentThere is to it than that but I do not think that any review of reasonable length can encompass everything in this book particularly when I've already rambled about my favorite things for so long and things are already this disorganized Fitting I suppose in such a merrily chaotic book So I'll just leave you with the uote that I think explains and drives much of the action and is one of the major points of the novel Vanitas Vanitatium Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? Or having it is satisfied?

  4. Paul Bryant Paul Bryant says:

    1 I liked the company of Thackeray who is breezy ebullient and cynical about everyone’s motives And he’s very confident too He thinks he knows everything 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 everything I don’t mind them thinking that It’s a good uality in a writer who’s trying to depict all of society2 An example 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 end 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 won’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 everyone who has read this has read every page For instance the eight pages of satire about the small German Duchy of Pumpernickel p 726 732 Or the detailed descriptions of charades at upper class parties p 594 601 Mother of God these sections are unreadable This is what drags the rating down to 45 stars 4 Why is this book 800 pages long? Many passages like this The house was dismantled; the rich furniture and effects the awful chandeliers and dreary blank mirrors packed away and hidden the rich rosewood drawing room suite was muffled in straw the carpets were rolled up and corded the small select library of well bound books was stowed into two wine chests and the whole paraphernalia rolled away in several enormous vans to the Pantechnicon where they were to lie until Georgy’s majority 5 The author breaks the fourth wall all the time as they liked to do in the early ish days of novelling before such stuff was frowned upon as being uncouth and inartistic So on p 296 we get In the course of the evening Rawdon got a little family note from his wife which although he crumpled it up and burnt it instantly in the candle we had the good luck to read over Rebecca’s shoulder “We” here means the author and the reader And later on page 721 whilst talking about his main characters holidaying in Germany he suddenly announces It was on this very tour that I the present writer of a history of which every word is true had the pleasure to see them first and to make their acuaintance 6 The author is not embarrassed to jump in and comment directly on his characters like this I like to dwell upon this period of her life and to think that she was cheerful and happy You see she has not had too much of that sort of existence as yet and has not fallen in the way of means to educate her tastes or her intelligence She has been domineered over hitherto by vulgar intellects It is the lot of many a woman You wouldn’t get a modern novelist doing any such thing but it’s kind of fun 7 He has a brilliant section called “How to Live Well on Nothing a Year” Essentially you could maintain your place in well to do society by racking up credit extended to you by umpteen tradesmen and servants who would do it because you had a place in well to do society and robbing Peter to pay Paul continually ; plus the wife would inveigle loans out of rich old guys who thought they might have a chance to get something going with her; and the husband would contribute with winnings from cards and billiards It’s a precarious way of life but if you have strong nerves it can be done8 Which leads us to the issue of Becky and her husband Rawdon Becky is the best most interesting character by far Lots of commentators describe her as in some way morally uestionable even “bad” At first this seems uite unjust She has no family she’s as poor as a mouse so she schemes and ducks and dives to land a husband with money This goes awry she gets the husband but he doesn’t get the expected inheritance so she dodges and weaves and figures out how to live well on nothing a year see above In the time honoured way of plots in novels all her maneuvering and manipulating and cajoling and flattering and flashing of bosoms is just about to pay off handsomely when it all goes tits up Not her fault She’s a woman trying to get by in a world where money and position is everything Then she disappears from the novel for a hundred pages or so When we meet her again she’s a fully fledged demimondaine and now you can say her moral bankruptcy has blossomed – Thackeray makes a song and dance about not being able to set down exactly what she’s been up to because this is a family show so he drops hint after hint ending in the possibility of murder All the ambiguity is I suppose understandable; but after it all she’s still the only character with a zest for life in the whole mutton shop9 Meanwhile her husband Rawdon is a military gentleman until he resigns from the Army and then – does nothing Continues with his cardsharping and pool sharking but as for gainful employment raises not one hand And Thackeray who likes to describe most other aspects of these people’s lives ignores this as not worth commenting on Rawdon writes a pitiful letter from debtor’s prison at one point I wasn't brought up like a younger brother but was always encouraged to be extravagant and kep idle And that’s all the explanation you get 10 The subtitle of Vanity Fair is “A Novel without a Hero” meaning that we are not following one particular character and we do not see the story through any one person’s eyes Nor yet really is it that much of a story A couple of women make rash marriages After which there are some ups and downs There was a song in the 1920s called “After You Get What You Want you Don’t Want It” and Thackeray believes people are exactly like that so happy endings and neat bows are not his thing He leaves us with the image of Vanity Fair itself that whirligig of human foolishness rocketing on like a perpetual switchback ride Best thing to do is not get on in the first place the ride is not worth the admission fee but if you’re on then don’t fall off because the drop will be considerable hard on your feelings

  5. Luffy Luffy says:

    The author makes his presence known towards the end of the book It was both eerie 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 everything 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

  6. Emily Emily says:

    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 story 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 even for a brief moment was just too much for me I ended up despising every 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 few can manage but it didn't make me like the author the characters or the plot any better

  7. Jan-Maat Jan-Maat says:

    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 exhibition 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 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 that everybody is stupid and stupidly commits stupid acts everything always has been stupid everything 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

  8. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    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 Sharp an orphan whose only resources are her vast ambitions her native wit and her loose morals; and her schoolmate Amelia Sedley a typically naive Victorian heroine the pampered daughter of a wealthy familyتاریخ نخستین خوانش سال 1990 میلادیعنوان بازار خودفروشی؛ نویسنده وی‍ل‍ی‍ام‌ ت‍ک‍ری‌‏‫؛ مت‍رج‍م م‍ن‍وچ‍ه‍ر ب‍دی‍ع‍ی‌؛ تهران، نیلوفر، 1368؛ در 868 ص؛ شابک 9644481046؛ چاپ چهارم 1396؛ موضوع داستانهای نویسندگان بریتانیایی سده 19 معنوان آملیا؛ نویسنده دبلیوام تاکری؛ تلخیص ایام آتوود؛ مترجم نوشین ریشهری؛ تهران، نگارینه، 1386؛ در 320 ص؛ شابک 9789648935455؛ عنوان بازار غروز؛ نویسنده ویلیام میکپیس تاکری تاکرای؛ مترجم موحده السادات موسوی؛ سیرجان، نشر وافی؛ 1394؛ در 172 ص؛ شابک 9786009485321؛ عنوان یاوه بازار؛ نویسنده وی‍ل‍ی‍ام‌ م‍ک‌ پ‍ی‍س‌ ت‍ک‍ری‌؛ ت‍رج‍م‍ه‌ ف‍رح‌ ی‍ک‍رن‍گ‍ی‌ دواچ‍ی‌؛ تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب، 1341؛ در 148 ص؛ چاپ دیگر تهران، 1351؛ در 146 ص؛ بازار خودفروشی رمانی بدون قهرمان؛ اثر «ویلیام تاکری» نویسنده بریتانیایی ست که برای نخستین بار در سال 1847 میلادی تا سال 1848 میلادی منشر شده‌است این رمان یکی از بیست رمان بزرگ سده نوزدهم میلادی است که «سامرست موآم» داستان‌نویس و نمایشنامه‌ نویس بریتانیایی برگزیده شده است در کوی ما شکسته‌ دلی می‌خرند و بس بازار خودفروشی از آن سوی دیگر است حضرت حافظ بازار خودفروشی سرگذشت یک دورهٔ بیست ساله از سال 1811 میلادی تا سال 1830 میلادی را در فضایی واقعی و با شخصیت‌هایی غیرواقعی در برمی‌گیرد در شرایطی که طبقهٔ بورژوآ به‌ نوعی حاکمیت جامعه را در دست گرفته است حکایت زندگیِ خانواده‌ های اشرافی در برابر خانواده‌ های فقیر بریتانیایی است محوریت داستان دو‌ شخصیت به نام‌های «آملیا» و «بکی»، دو دختر از طبقهٔ متموّل و تهی‌دست هستند، که درگیر ماجراهای بسیاری می‌شوند «آملیا»، دختر رئوف و‌ خوش‌قلب داستان است، که بارها اسیر بدجنسی‌های «بکی» و همسر خیانتکارش می‌شود، و «بکی» با مکر و ‌‌دسیسه‌ های زنانه با پسر رئیسش ازدواج می‌کند، و داستان این‌گونه رقم می‌خورد اما این ظاهر رخداد است، خوانشگر از همان آغاز داستان با چیزی فراتر از یک داستان سادهٔ عشقی مواجه می‌شود؛ بازار خودفروشی داستان مردمی عادی است و قهرمان ندارد بازار خودفروشی شرح دردها و رنج‌ها و خوشی‌های طبقات گوناگون جامعه است که دچار حرص و طمع و حسادت و کینه شده‌ اند در بازار خودفروشی دلال‌ها کلاه‌برداری می‌کنند، زن‌ها را به بردگی خود درمی‌آورند، از گناه‌ کردن نمی‌هراسند، قمارخانه‌ ها پُر از کسانی‌ ست که برای حفظ منافعشان دست به هر کاری می‌زنند، آدم‌ها را می‌خرند و می‌فروشند، به‌ راحتی به هم بهتان می‌زنند، و هزاران کار می‌کنند تا زندگی کنند، و درنهایت رضایتشان جلب نمی‌شود در حقیقت این کتاب به جزئیاتی اشاره دارد تا به قول نویسنده در یک جمله نشان دهد که «آدم‌های درجه دهم همواره در کارند تا به درجه نهم برسند»؛ در صفحهٔ 265 کتاب از اختلاف طبقاتی جامعه گفته شده است امی با اندوه گفت «کاش به من محبت پیدا می‌کردند همیشه با من سرد بودند»؛ جورج پاسخ داد «طفلک من، به تو هم اگر دویست هزار لیره داشتی محبت پیدا می‌کردند اینها را این‌جور بار آورده‌ اند جامعهٔ ما جامعهٔ پول و پله است ما در میان صرافان و کله‌ گنده‌ های بازار شهر زندگی می‌کنیم که لعنت بر همه‌ شان باد و هرکس که با آدم حرف می‌زند صدای جرینگ‌ جرینگ لیره‌ های جیبش را درمی‌آورد»؛ در بازار خودفروشی، پول و ثروت بهترین چیزهاست، لقب و کالسکه‌ های مجلل به‌ یقین ارزشمندتر از خوشبختی هستند، در میان مردان بازار خودفروشی، پیروزی در عشق پس از پیروزی در جنگ مایهٔ مباهات است جای جای این رمان حکایت از این دارد که هرگونه رفتاری که از ما انسان‌ها سرمی‌زند، طبیعی‌ است حتی اگر مثل کینه و حسد، اعمال نکوهش‌شده‌ای باشند اما جهان به مرور مانند یک آینه، چهرهٔ هرکس را به خودش نشان می‌دهد پس چه بهتر که به آن بخندیم و با آن مهربان باشیم تا بازتابش را در خود ببینیم ما نیز همراه با تک‌ تک شخصیت‌های این رمان بزرگ می‌شویم، اشک می‌ریزیم، افسوس می‌خوریم و گاهی هم به حماقت‌های آنان می‌خندیم ابتدای داستان کمی کند و کسل‌ کننده است، اما هرچه پیش می‌رویم، مجذوب حوادثی می‌شویم که برای شخصیت‌ها اتفاق می‌افتد و ریتم داستان هم تندتر می‌شود و پایان داستان برخلاف تصور مخاطب رقم می‌خورد و شاید این مورد، وجه تمایز این رمان با دیگر رمان‌های کلاسیک باشد از نکات بسیار جالب این کتاب می‌توان به مواردی اشاره کرد که نویسنده گاهی حوادث فصول قبل را برای خواننده مرور می‌کند و گویی خارج از موضوع دارد با مخاطب حرف می‌زند، و دیگری طنز تلخ و پُر از کنایهٔ آن است مارهایی هستند که آدم گرمشان می‌کند و بعداً به آدم نیش می‌زنند گداهایی هستند که شما سوار کارشان می‌کنید و اول کسی که زیر لگد اسب آنها پامال می‌شود خود شما هستید رمان بازار خودفروشی – صفحه 261؛برهان گزینش چنین عنوان پارسایی برای کتاب این بوده است که «ونیتی» به معنای بی‌حاصلی و بیهودگی و بی‌ارزشی است، و در ادبیات فارسی، واژهٔ «خودفروشی» بر طبق لغتنامهٔ دهخدا، هرگزی به معنای فاحشگی نبوده، و به معنای «جلوه‌ فروشی»، خودنمایی و خودستایی است، و ازاین‌رو مترجم کتاب استاد «منوچهر بدیعی»، این عنوان را برگزیده‌ اند، که بسیار مناسب و در خورِ رخدادهای داستان است ترجمهٔ بی‌بدیل استاد «بدیعی»، رمان را چنان دلنشین کرده که از ‌هر لحاظ ارزشمند و تحسین‌برانگیز است این اثر شامل شصت و هفت فصل است و هر فصل عنوان ویژه ی خودش را دارد شخصیت‌های داستان بسیارند و گاهی باعث سردرگمی خوانشگر است که نویسنده بعضاً آنها را از میانه های داستان به خوانشگر یادآوری می‌کند و‌ نکتهٔ آخر اینکه عکس روی جلد اثر خود نویسنده است ا شربیانی

  9. Apatt Apatt says:

    Vanity Fair is a big surprise for me I was expecting 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 engaged my attention always and 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 opposite ends 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 is 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 naïve dimwitted and does not care for him Dobbin – an intelligent fellow – cannot get over his obsession with her Amelia’s brother Jos is even worse he has seen with his own eyes that Becky is dishonest mercenary and cannot be trusted but he still falls for her entrapment His stupidity is surprising because he is described as talented and singlehandedly recues his father and his sister from extreme povertyThackeray’s writing is wonderful 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 not enough to be of much use to the world if the virtue is not supported by intelligence and wisdom On the other hand being clever like Becky and achieving wealth and fame is a hollow accomplishment if you are left with no genuine friends and family and viewed with disdain everywhere you go Becky being SharpOne of my favorite Victorian novels if you like reading the classics Vanity Fair is a mustNotesFor a change the free audiobook does not come from Librivoxorg they have their own edition but it is read by multiple readers several of them are very bad The edition I listened to is from Lit2Go beautifully read by Amanda Elan My favorite uotes are not included on GR’s uotes page for this book so I’ll drop them hereLOL “Though he was familiar with all languages Mr Kirsch was not acuainted with a single one and spoke all with indifferent volubility and incorrectness”Meta “If a few pages back the present writer claimed the privilege of peeping into Miss Amelia Sedley's bedroom and understanding with the omniscience of the novelist all the gentle pains and passions which were tossing upon that innocent pillow why should he not declare himself to be Rebecca's confidante too master of her secrets and seal keeper of that young woman's conscience?” Hi Cecily ;

  10. Grace Tjan Grace Tjan says:

    SpoilersMiss Rebecca Sharp's Guide to the Regency Society1 If a young lady is not born into either rank or fortune she will be looked down upon by good society and forced to exist 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 exclusive academy for young ladies as an articled pupil she has to ensure that she makes the utmost effort to learn everything that she could in that fine 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 it enables the speaker to pass herself off as a daughter of the French aristocracy even 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 education The brother of a school friend is most suitable 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 churchyard epitaphs” There are notable exceptions it must be admitted but they are exceedingly rare Nevertheless the young lady should she fail in her initial effort to land a wealthy husband should endeavour 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 even though he is a scoundrel gambler swindler and murderer is a most suitable prospect provided that he is to inherit an elderly relative’s fortune 5 “Let them show ever 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 else’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 entertainments and the latest Parisian fashions How 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 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 much encumbered would take a life insurance naming your pitiful self as a beneficiary The small fortune that ensues from such a settlement is surely enough to tide you over until your estranged 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

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