Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. 655 pages

Since there are few new books coming out this summer, and I have more time to read than usual, I made sure that my summer classic would be a long, slow read.  I chose Vanity Fair and am I glad I did.  It is historic, at times serious, at other times tongue-in-cheek with wonderfully drawn characters and an engrossing plot.  Vanity Fair is delightful.

Basically, it is the tale of two very different women who attend school together in the early 1800’s and the people they encounter after they graduate.  Amelia Sedley is kind to all, trusting and loyal.  Becky Sharp is a conniving liar who will do anything to get ahead.  Vanity Fair describes the plights of these two young women and the many men and women they meet.

Vanity Fair by William Makepeace Thackeray. 655 pages

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