The Vicar of Wakefield: A Tale

The Vicar of Wakefield: A Tale

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by Oliver Goldsmith
     
 

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Rich with wisdom and gentle irony, Oliver Goldsmith's only novel is a charming comedy that tells of an unworldly and generous vicar who lives contentedly with his large family until disaster strikes. When his idyllic life is brutally interrupted by bankruptcy and his daughter's abduction, he lands in prison. Yet these misfortunes fail to dampen the vicar's spirit or…  See more details below

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Rich with wisdom and gentle irony, Oliver Goldsmith's only novel is a charming comedy that tells of an unworldly and generous vicar who lives contentedly with his large family until disaster strikes. When his idyllic life is brutally interrupted by bankruptcy and his daughter's abduction, he lands in prison. Yet these misfortunes fail to dampen the vicar's spirit or cause him to lose sight of Christian morality.

A delightful lampoon of such literary conventions of the day as pastoral scenes, artificial romance, and the hero's stoic bravery, The Vicar of Wakefield has remained a classic since it was first published in 1766.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940026108503
Publisher:
The Century Co.
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
385 KB

Meet the Author

Robert L. Mack has edited a number of volumes for Oxford World's Classics, including Burney's The Wanderer, and Oriental Tales. He is the author of Thomas Gray: A Life.

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The Vicar Of Wakefield 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A delightful tale of the calamities that beset an 18th century English vicar. The story is fast moving and told with wit and humor. The language is archaic but this adds to the charm of the story rather than being an annoyance.
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I like this book pretty well! It is quite interesting actually! I had to read it for school...like it so far!
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I liked this book.
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Byrnie More than 1 year ago
It was a good short read. This copy didn't have that many errors that are found in free copies.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'The Vicar of Wakefield' is a Humourous, but Sad book. This is the tale of an 18th century Vicar and his family and the hardships they have to face; the deaths int heir family, the kidnappings, the loss of their small fortune are turned into nearly comical insidents with Oliver Goldsmith's language which turns from sarcastic to serious, from sad to angry. It is a truly delightful book and as I read it when I was eleven years of age I would recommend it to anyone of that age and up, but it depends oin your readoing level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Full disclosure: I have not yet read "The Vicar of Wakefield." I wanted to sample it before deciding to read it, so I took advantage of the Nook's free sample option to see if this might interest me. Barnes and Noble editions almost always have an introduction from an academic on the significance of the work to be presented. In the case of this novel, the introduction took up the entire sample, and like many of the Barnes and Noble introductions, contained many "plot spoilers" that defeated the purpose of reading the book in the first place. I strongly recommend that B & N make the introductions more along the lines of afterwords and let the sample be a sample of the novel and not some Ivory Tower lecture.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No gun scenes very cliche and poor vocabulary misused the word "it" "their" and "butt"- my 4 year old wyniquewah knows better than that- DONT READ UNLESS YOULL DIE IN AN ULTIMATUM WHEN THEY FORCE YOU TO READ IT LIVE LAUGH LOVE