Vanity Fair

William Makepeace Thackery
Reading Order: Book 49
Categories: 2020, Stuart Browning
Pages: 951
Suggested By: Gwyneth Hughes ITV Drama
Date Started: August 5, 2020
Date Finished: August 19, 2020
Reason Book was Chosen: I have Gwyneth Hughes ITV adaptation of Thackeray's literary classic recorded on my Set-top box but before watching it I'd like to read the original material.
My Thoughts

Wow, what a novel. A long but very enjoyable read. Thackeray’s narration is excellent, I really liked how he sometimes takes a break from telling the story to speak to you as the reader, I think that was quite normal for the time but you don’t get that much in more recent times and I find it very funny indeed.

This novel was set with the Napoleonic Wars as it’s background which made me realise I don’t know enough about this time in history, something I really should rectify by reading more around the subject. It seems strange that a war could be going on yet there still people living their normal lives in the same country just a few miles away from the conflict!

I found following the lives of Becky and Amelia a delight, how their lives entwined with the people they meet and the choices they made throughout was a joy to read.

One grip though is that it can sometimes get confusing because everyone is in some way related or has the same surname, I really could have done with a family tree or something similar in the front to reference too.

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