Subtitled “A novel without a hero,” Vanity Fair takes a satirical look at life in nineteenth century Britain. In John Bunyan’s book The Pilgrim’s Progress, Vanity Fair is a stop along the way to heaven that is known for its yearlong offering of delights and temptations. In Thackeray’s homage, the characters chase after such temptations, wearing themselves down to an eventual unhappy ending.
For the reading project, I will employ an electronic copy of Vanity Fair. The book is 735 e-pages in length, which is substantial when put up against the relatively few pages Bunyan spent on a locale of the same name.
- [Book] Vanity Fair on Wikipedia
- [Author] William Makepeace Thackeray on Wikipedia
- [Media] Vanity Fair, the 2004 film adaptation staring Reese Witherspoon and Bob Hoskins, on IMDB
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