Vanity Fair, with its rich cast of characters, takes place on the snakes-and-ladders board of life. Amelia Sedley, daughter of a wealthy merchant, has a loving mother to supervise her courtship. Becky Sharp, an orphan, has to use her wit, charm, and resourcefulness to escape from her destiny as a governess. This she does ruthlessly, musing'I think I could become a good woman, if I had 5000 a year.' Thackeray's story is set at the time of the battle of Waterloo, in which the Sedley fortunes are lost - and Amelia is back to square one - while Becky rises with contemptuous ease.
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by William Makepeace Thackeray
by William Shakespeare
by William Shakespeare, SmartPass Ltd.
"Although all the characters in Thackeray's famous "novel without a hero" ultimately disappoint in terms of heroic attributes, they provide a telling view of Victorian high society. Georgina Sutton's colorful narration provides an enjoyable medium for listeners to experience this literary classic. She masters the irony of the author's narrative voice with careful attention to his intonation. Her vocal characterizations are skillful. She creates the kindly lisping voice of Dobbin with as much ease as the sinister cadence of Lord Steyne. The character of Becky Sharp is as dynamic in Sutton's reading as she is in upper society. Witty, cutting, and ingratiating in tone, Sutton's portrayal ably captures this society darling. While addressing the nuances of Thackeray's prose, Sutton produces an entertaining trip through a metaphorical "vanity fair." D.M.W. (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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