Vanity Fair: A Novel Without a Hero

Front Cover
Dodd, Mead, 1924 - British - 753 pages
958 Reviews
"A picture of society on a broad canvas, embracing a great variety of characters and interests, the object being to depict mankind with all its faults and meannesses, without idealization or romance ... The careers of Becky Sharp, the adventuress, and her husband, Rawdon Crawley, make an apt contrast to the humdrum lives of the good hero and heroine, Dobbin and Amelia. The nobility, fashionable people about town, the mercantile aristrocracy and the needy classes below them, are all portrayed in the most lifelike way ... Thackeray combines his comment with narrative ... To many readers, indeed, his sarcastic dissertations are the chief intellectual delight." Baker. Guide to the Best Fic. *** "Becky Sharp, one of the most resourceful, engaging, and amoral women in literature, is the heroine of this sparkling satirical panorama of British society during the Napoleonic Wars." *** "Becky Sharp and her husband stand in contrast to the lives of Dobbin and Amelia in this revelation of societal classes." *** "This book is a densely populated, multi-layered panorama of manners and human frailties ... The novel deals mainly with the interwoven fortune of two women, the wellborn, passive Amelia Sedley and the ambitious, essentially amoral Becky Sharp, the latter perhaps the more memorable character Thackeray created. The adventuress Becky is the character around whom all the men play their parts." Merriam-Webster's Ency of Lit. *** "A satirical look at Victorian manners recounting the experiences of two finishing school graduates, Becky Sharp and Amelia Sedley."

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
248
4 stars
320
3 stars
232
2 stars
101
1 star
57

I enjoy lots of words, imagery, character development. - Goodreads
Found this hard to read and it bored me. - Goodreads
Soapy & fun on one level, brilliant prose - Goodreads
Holy frightening ending, Batman. - Goodreads
I really enjoy Thackeray's writing style. - Goodreads
Remarkable characterization and narration. - Goodreads

Review: Vanity Fair

User Review  - Stephen - Goodreads

Reread after 50 years. A perfect blend of Trollope (but with much more authorial moralizing) and Tom Wolfe (without the laugh out loud yuks and florid language, without the snideness). "A novel ... Read full review

Review: Vanity Fair

User Review  - Ekaterina Kaparulina - Goodreads

the School of life Read full review

References to this book

All Book Search results »

Bibliographic information