Our resident book reviewer – Angela Galvin, has just given us a review of an old, but much loved book, Vanity Fair by the splendidly named author, William Makepeace Thackeray.

Vanity Fair – William Makepeace Thackeray

Spurred on by the recent miniseries of this book I decided to read it again after many, many years. I remember thinking the first time I read it ( I might have been 17?) that I didn’t think very much of it. 

First up I read this over Christmas where I read lots of simple “Feel
Good”  novels with bright covers and simple stories, or engaging spy thrillers, and the odd biography – none of which have overly effusive prose.

William Makepeace Thackeray – wow – getting used to your writing style and the language took literally chapters for me.  Fortunately I had seen the first installment of the television miniseries so I got the gist of it pretty quickly.  

Funny thing I actually didn’t recall any of the story from my first reading – maybe at 17 I just couldn’t be bothered deciphering it. 

Once you get passed the weird spelling – the story is quite a lark. The main character Miss Sharp is both likeable and revolting.   

You can’t help thinking that WMT was the Monty Python of his day – poking fun at all the institutions and class structure – while writing a book to appeal to those very people. 

If you haven’t read it it’s worth a couple of hours.  

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