June 22, 2007

Vanity Fair: Quickie Review

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Vanity Fair
William Thackeray
1848
797 pgs

I'm going to make this one quick.

Becky Sharp, an orphaned child of an opera singer and a reprobate painter, schemes her way into British society before, during and after the Napoleonic Wars. Meanwhile, her kinda-sorta friend Amelia Sedley pines for the love of the arrogant George Osbourne. Good times.

Vanity Fair was once one of my all time favorites, but somehow it lost it's luster. I don't know why. There is a lot of unnecessary 'stuff' in the book. Thackeray uses many references to events and people only known to the readers in the 1800's. I was lost. Still, Becky is such an enjoyable bad girl. I could read about her exploits all day long.
3/5

6 comments :

  1. Becky Sharp is probably my fave femme fatale!

    The yahoo book group, Bookworms, that I moderate along with Kathrin from Crazy Cozy Murders, and Evelyn (whom I'm pretty sure doesn't have a blog) is discussing Vanity Fair in July. You should join in the discussion!

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  2. I just got a copy of Vanity Fair. Glad you still like the character, even if you feel like the book could stand less text. I'll have to be in the right mood to attack it.

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  3. I've had Vanity Fair languishing on my stacks for some time now. Admittedly, I bought it for the GORGEOUS red Reese Witherspoon cover (bad me!). I'm sure I'll get around to reading it someday, the size is just so daunting!

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  4. I need to read this book! I probably won't have time this year as I am loaded up with challenges, but hopefully next year.

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  5. I enjoyed the book a heck of a lot more after watching the Reese Witherspoon movie. She portrayed Becky Sharp completely out of character.

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  6. I'm reading this one right now, and I keep finding other books to pick up instead. Just not sure if I'll finish it..Sigh

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