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''Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?''
Generally considered to be Thackeray's masterpiece, Vanity Fair is a resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled ''A Novel without a Hero,'' it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp -- one of literature's most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines -- and her foil, the faithful but naive Amelia Sedley. Amid the swirl of London's posh ballrooms and affairs of love and war, their fortunes rise and fall. Thackeray's subversive, comic attack on the hypocrisy and ''dismal roguery'' of an avaricious world still resonates, more than 150 years later, with implications for our own times.
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After first appearing as a serial in brilliant yellow covers, Vanity Fair, 'a novel without a hero', was published in full in 1848. A panoramic and biting satire, it was the first of William Makepeace Thackeray's works to bear his own name. This edition includes his original illustrations and preface.From the Publisher:
Vanity Fair is a story of two heroines--one humber, the other scheming and social climbing--who meet inboarding school and embark on markedly different lives. Amid the swirl of London's posh ballrooms and affairs of love and war, their fortunes rise and fall. Through it all, Thackeray lampoons the shallow values of his society, reserving the most pointed barbs for the upper crust. What results is a prescient look at the dogged pursuit of wealth and status--and the need for humility.
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Book Description Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2010. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1441741402
Book Description Blackstone Audio Inc, 2010. CMD. Condition: Brand New. mp3 una edition. 7.50x5.50x0.50 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1441741402