Vanity Fair (Penguin Classics)

By William Makepeace Thackeray

Nobody is healthier built within the fight for wealth and worldly luck than the attractive and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished historical past to clamber up the category ladder. Her sentimental significant other Amelia, even if, longs just for caddish soldier George. because the heroines make their method during the tawdry glamour of Regency society, battles—military and domestic—are fought, fortunes made and misplaced. the only steadfast and honourable determine during this corrupt global is Dobbin together with his devotion to Amelia, bringing pathos and intensity to Thackeray's gloriously satirical epic of affection and social adventure. 

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