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The Vicar of Wakefield Paperback – April 24, 2012
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A book we used to be assigned in high school (back in the day) and I found it a somewhat dreary read then, and still do.
Still, it's nice to be able to reread some classics - for free! This particular edition has been digitally formatted by volunteers. Unlike some, the formatting is very good.
Recommended for all who would like to have a Liberal Arts background.
Parts of the book reminded me of <cite>Pride and Prejudice</cite>. The protagonist was a bit like Mr. Bennet, well meaning, moralistic and somewhat ineffectual. His wife was a silly woman who spent her time scheming up ways to marry off her daughters.
There were a number of moral digressions, which seemed to me rather apropos to our current situation. Which is to say, scoundrels and corruption have ever been with us and have ever shared a pretty common strain.
Anyway, it was an enjoyable read, although not at the top of my list of favorites.
I enjoyed this little book. I am currently reading Chernow's Washington: A Life. I searched for and download "The Vicar of Wakefield" when it was cited as a book read by Martha Washington. I read mostly history, but I like to read fiction that illustrates the speech, mores, and styles of the time it was written and read. Now I wonder if George read this book, and what he thought about the Vicar's opinion of the advantages of monarchy (a tyranny of one, the rich somewhat kept in check) vs. commonwealth (the tyranny of many, the rich, over the poor). The Vicar's comments regarding jail ("gaol") are also very interesting.
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