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Vanity Fair (Barnes & Noble Classics) Paperback – November 1, 2003
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It gets only 3 stars because there isn't all that much zing and excitement but it's still well worth reading.
On the other hand, the introduction to this Penguin is great. It provides a philosophical and biographical context, and reveals the editor's intelligent appreciation of Thackeray. He is warmly appreciative of Thackeray's cynical virtues and hard on his author where he devolves into stereotypes. Once again, however, like the notes, the introduction, are misplaced. As the editor tells you, it is to be read after the book is completed, as it reveals details of the plot that ruin the novel's suspense. Why not then make it an "Afterword"?
In short, Penguin goes a long way toward ruining a classic novel with its awkward apparatus in this book. Read "Vanity Fair," but don't read it in the Penguin.
I decided to purchase the illustrated version offered by Art & Poetry Publishing. That ebook does not contain repeat text at the spot mentioned above and the illustrations are coming through nicely. Small, but a nice addition to the story.
:-) I don't work for Art & Poetry Publishing - I just feel a solid ebook file is necessary, even when it's free.
Her friend Amelia, as clueless as she can be is ultimately saved from a life of unhappiness through Becky's intervention. Lots of subplots, deviousness, snobbishness, manipulation etc. Life hasn't changed too much. Money is still power, however in those days the upper class could live a long time on credit and their name. Thackeray is none too subtle as to his contempt for social classes and the power they have over the lower classes. I recommend this and then see the movie with Reese Witherspoon.
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