Thus asks Thackeray, the author of Vanity Fair, in his gloriously entertaining saga, as a vibrant cast of characters scheme and scramble for life's prizes on the crowded stage of this epic novel. And no one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than Becky Sharp, Thackeray's supreme creation. Brilliant, alluring and ruthless, she defies her poverty-stricken background to clamber up the social ladder, while her sentimental companion Amelia longs only for caddish soldier George.
As the two heroines make their way through the tawdry glamour of
Regency society, battles - military and domestic - are fought; fortunes
are made and lost. And amid the fast-paced action stands Dobbin with his
unrequited love for Amelia. A true gentleman in a corrupt world, he
brings pathos and depth to Thackeray's epic tale of love and social
adventure. Vanity Fair by Thackeray is a truly great novel: one that, in John Carey's
words, 'challenges comparison with Tolstoy's War and Peace'.