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Vanity Fair (Everyman's Library)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Novel is GREAT, descriptions of downloads are inadequate.

Surprisingly, after over 150 years, Vanity Fair is still a page-turner. This novel is supposed to be a groundbreaking work of "English realism" for its time (middle 1800's), but is surprisingly pertinent to today's consumer-oriented culture. Anyone who wants a slightl...
Surprisingly, after over 150 years, Vanity Fair is still a page-turner. This novel is supposed to be a groundbreaking work of "English realism" for its time (middle 1800's), but is surprisingly pertinent to today's consumer-oriented culture. Anyone who wants a slightly cynical look at the human condition will really enjoy this rendition of the foibles of human society and the sharply drawn characters of Becky Sharp, Emmy Sedly and her brother, Jos., and Thackeray's alter-ego, Dobbin (who is a bit too virtuous, of course). Not only is it a classic but it is very entertaining. It helps, however, to know just a bit of French an German, since there are a few foreign phrases salted in here and there. Even if you are in the dark about these exotic expressions, however, there are plenty of quips and escapades to keep you amused and anxious to move from chapter to chapter.

I would have given Vanity Fair five stars, except for the difficulty of downloading the entire novel. My first attempt produced a (1853) download of the beginning third of the book (despite being told I was downloading "Vanity Fair"). My next attempt got farther, however this version ended in mid-sentence. I then downloaded another "Vanity Fair, Vol. II", which picked up later than the point at which I was dumped by my second attempt,and this third (and final) download also included another short novel not noted on the cover page. Furthermore, the OCR image of the "Vol II" final download had a fair number of uncorrected errors, although it was usually possible to understand what was in the original. I managed to fill in the missing chapters between my second and third downloads from a paperback I had purchased (I had only downloaded to the Nook because it is more convenient to read than a fat paperback). These problems with the descriptions of the various copies available for download limit the overall enjoyment of the reading experience. B&N needs to clear up these problems before they can expect perfect scores!
The novel is well worth the effort, however.

posted by inkarus on January 23, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Great book t TERRIBLE EDITION OF A GREAT BOOK

Jumps around Paragraphs repeat Chapters missing A waste of money

posted by Anonymous on November 29, 2011

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    Posted December 3, 2014

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    Posted December 4, 2014

    Platii2

    We're waiting on Gray/Paradox- the person who set this up, but other than that l dunno.

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    Posted December 5, 2014

    Randi

    What is going on?

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    Posted December 23, 2014

    Our

    Did one of you call me?

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    Posted December 2, 2014

    Gray

    :P I asked Four and Teddeh. We wait... an' wait... an' wait for Randehh...

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    Posted December 2, 2014

    Platii

    What's dis for? Randeh may be on tonight, but her mom is unpredictable. :3

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    Posted December 2, 2014

    Pooey!

    People who like riding on bikes MAKE PO<_>OP!!!

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    Posted December 5, 2014

    Platii

    Okay, Grey. Let's see... l think your favorite anime is too obvious... l dunno. Nothing too obvious.

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    Posted December 6, 2014

    Swift

    O.o

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2014

    Gray

    Blue we need a book. No clue where tho.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2013

    Yo check its free books

    Ha how you feel dumb ass u got trooled

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2013

    Hi-5

    13th now whats next?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Flame

    Hehe.. Inspire will never find me here...!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Hi 5

    ME SO CUNFUZED TWO LAURENS AND TWO ZIMS!!!!! -Hi-5

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2012

    Zim

    Okay sorry 13th

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    Posted January 1, 2013

    Fusion

    Fusion stumbled to lay down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Lauren

    Snorts at Mared's rediculous statement and trots off to find a cave where ONLY SHE LIVES.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2012

    Mare den

    A large single den where ALL of the mares sleep in one cave. There are nests everywhere made out of feathers, moss, and grass. ~MAR€D

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2012

    Vanity fair u Vanity fair is a good book

    I dont know what to do next. Vanity Fair is great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 14, 2012

    Highly recommended

    A classic multi-plot English novel that has much humor and history. A wonderful read!

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