Genre = Novel, History
A story with humor and character. The vanities that the characters portray is a reflection about the aristocracy during the time period. A society based on gossip. Pretensions to being privy of information while trying to obtain the information. The wooing and misleading behaviors are given their due. The focus appears on the vicissitudes of fortune and how they are dealt with. Holding on to perceptions rather than adjusting them to reality. The mannerisms in which people deceive themselves and others about the extent of their means and abilities.
Sometimes the author provides a synopsis of what has happened, as a reminder given that this book was originally a series. Generally a tedious read.
Questions to Consider while Reading the Book
• What are some vicissitudes in this book?
• Why do people seem to change when married? Why are their partners hesitant to accept that change?
• Why is the book called Vanity Fair?
• What makes the aristocracy vain?
• Are the characters in this story noble?
• Why do people deceive themselves and others?