Remember, as this is part of a readalong, BEWARE THE SPOILERS! I’ll be posting a spoiler-free review of Vanity Fair sometime next week.
Hooray, thanks to this readalong I can now say that I’ve read Vanity Fair! Thanks again to Trish & Melissa for hosting
I think the second half dragged a little bit more than the first, don’t you? There were several chapters that seemed to go on forever with very little action, like when Lord Steyne was introduced or whenever they talked about old Mr. Osborne. Thackeray himself seemed to be getting bored with the story, as there was less witty/funny/snarky narrating.
Well, let’s move right on to the bullet points, shall we?
- Amelia is just the worst. Wah wah wah, I’m so poor and can’t give my kid diamond shoes and a pony. I was rooting for her to slap her mom for being such a jerk, but instead she just handed over any money she ever had. And when she finds out that her father screwed them over and that’s why they’re so broke? She instantly forgives him, and then tells herself she’s being wicked whenever she gets sick of taking care of him. She’s such a martyr, and I hate that. Grow a spine!
- Becky… did not turn out as awesome as I was hoping. The Rawdon Crawleys get along pretty well for a long time, living on nothing and screwing everybody over. She’s amassing quite a little stash for herself with all the flirting (and more… I mean come on, probably more) with Lord Steyne and any other man that comes along. Even Pitt! For shame. Once Rawdon threw her out, I thought maybe she’d go off to another country and attempt to marry a rich foreigner, but nope – she turns into a drunken gambler instead. Tsk tsk. Although it seems in the end she kind of got back on her feet by possibly murdering Jos and getting his money. I think that the reason I like Becky so much is because she’s not exactly a victim – she was poor and hated it, so she’s made it her mission to try to secure some wealth and position for herself, even if it means trampling all over people. I MUCH prefer that to Amelia’s whimpering martyrdom.
- I also kind of liked how much she just ignored her kid… obviously it was weird and horrible how she tried to use him, but it was also nice to see a mother figure who wasn’t fawning all over her son constantly coughAmeliacough…
- Also, whenever I think of Becky and Amelia I hear the song “Ladykiller” by Maroon 5 play in my head.
- DOBBIN! He IS the hero of this book! He’s definitely one of my favorite classic heroes ever. I do NOT understand his love for Amelia, but he’s devoted, generous, adoring, honorable and basically an awesome person. And I CHEERED when he told Amelia off and said he deserved better than her, because she was basically taking him for granted and treating him like a lapdog. He does deserve better, but I’m glad he finally got the girl in the end.
- “But the fact is that every day and always, this love-smitten and middle-aged gentleman was thinking about Mrs. Osborne, and his whole heart was bent upon doing her good.” ALL THE SWEETNESS.
- Rawdon wasn’t so bad himself. A bit weak-willed and lazy, but he clearly loved Becky and Lil’ Rawdon a lot. And good for him for refusing to see Becky ever again. I’m all for refusing to forgive a cheater.
- Overall, it seems like everyone got what they deserved in the end – with the exception of Amelia, who I think deserved to end up alone.
- It bums me out a little bit that when you type “Vanity Fair” into Google, that magazine pops up. Although how appropriate, considering what a horrible and greedy place it was.
- Overall I like that this is a big satirical book about how shallow and vapid society can be… if anything, it may be even more appropriate in today’s world.
In total, I think this was a good read! Lively and interesting for most of the book, and fun to to discuss. I’m interested in watching the 2004 movie adaptation soon
I’m hoping my thoughts will be a little more coherent when I write my spoiler-free review… it’s early and I’m tired!