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A Novel without a Hero
William Makepeace Thackeray
Spieldauer: 32 Std. und 18 Min.
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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 £5,000 a year."
Spieldauer: 4 Std. und 52 Min.
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Die Figuren, die diesen Jahrmarkt bevölkern, sind die Mitglieder jener Gesellschaft, die im viktorianischen Zeitalter noch ein festumrissener Begriff war. Der Autor leuchtete hinter die Fassade des sich so edel gebärdenden Jahrmarkts und zeigt, dass auch hier "wahre Gentlemen" vielleicht seltener zu finden sind, als mancher denkt. Das Hörspiel, das auf dem Roman "Vanity Fair" (deutscher Titel: "Jahrmarkt der Eitelkeiten") beruht, enthält die fünf Hörspielfolgen.
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Ein sozialkritischer Roman des beginnenden 19. Jahrhunderts
Set in Regency England, Vanity Fair follows the lives of two young women from drastically different backgrounds. Becky Sharp is the daughter of a lowly art teacher while Amelia Sedley is the daughter of a wealthy investor. Although the two women are worlds apart in personality and background, Becky and Amelia become friends while in finishing school. When Amelia invites Becky to her family home, events are set in motion that result in both tragedy and fortune.
Set during the time of the Napoleonic Wars, this classic gives a satirical picture of a worldly society. The novel revolves around the exploits of the impoverished but beautiful and devious Becky Sharp who craves wealth and a position in society. Calculating and determined to succeed, she charms, deceives and manipulates everyone she meets. A novel of early 19th-century English society, it takes its title from the place designated as the centre of human corruption in John Bunyan's 17th-century allegory.
Barry Lyndon, first serialized in 1844, is a swashbuckling romp through the aristocratic Europe of the 18th century. The central character, a roguish Irishman, narrates most of the story in the first person, relating his adventures as a soldier in both the British and Prussian armies; as a gambler and confidence man under the guidance of his uncle, a practiced fraud; and as a fortune hunting gigolo in search of wealthy widows and heiresses.
Like Tom Jones before him, Barry Lyndon is one of the most lively and roguish characters in English literature. He may now be best known through the colorful Stanley Kubrick film released in 1975, but it is Thackeray who, in true 19th-century style, shows him best.
Vanity Fair features two heroines: the faithful, loyal Amelia Sedley, and the beautiful and scheming social climber Becky Sharp. It also engages a huge cast of wonderful supporting characters as the novel spins from Miss Pinkerton's academy for young ladies to affairs of love and war on the Continent to liaisons in the dazzling ballrooms of London.
Generally considered to be his masterpiece, Vanity Fair is Thackeray's resplendent social satire that exposes the greed and corruption raging in England during the turmoil of the Napoleonic wars. Subtitled "A Novel Without a Hero", it traces the changing fortunes of two unforgettable women: the scheming opportunist Becky Sharp, one of literature's most resourceful, engaging, and amoral heroines, and her foil, the faithful, naive Amelia Sedley.
Der Diener Yellowplush lebt zusammen mit seinem Herrn Frederick Altamont zur Untermiete bei der Familie Shum in London. Frederick Altamont hat sich unsterblich in Mary, die jüngste Tochter der Familie, verliebt und Yellowplush hilft den beiden, so dass diese sich ungestört treffen können. Endlich kommt es zu der lang ersehnten Hochzeit, doch Altamont verbirgt ein Geheimnis vor seiner Frau, welches das Glück des jungen Paares zu trüben droht. William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863) war ein britischer Schriftsteller. Thackeray wurde als Sohn eines Kolonialbeamten in Indien geboren.
Napoleon has England on edge. For the cunning and conniving Becky Sharp, it’s an opportunity to take advantage of the chaos and improve her lowly station. Her friend Amelia Sedley, a blue-blood pawn, affords Becky entrée into the moneyed class. As the guileless Amelia pines for a rakish soldier, the ruthless Becky climbs upward, setting the stage for a domestic battlefield of greed, ambition, deception, and dizzying reversals of love and fortune.
Comedian Al Murray plays his great-great-great-grandfather William Makepeace Thackeray as the unreliable narrator in this radical makeover of his ancestor’s celebrated satire on class, sex, money, hypocrisy and snobbery in 19th-century England. As the curtain rises on our ‘story without a hero’, moneyless Becky Sharp leaves school with her upper-class best friend Amelia Sedley. Clever, cunning and ambitious, Becky is determined to make her way in Regency society - and she’ll trample on anyone who gets in her way.
Vanity Fair is a satirical novel of manners which takes place during, and in the decade after, the battle of Waterloo in 1815. The various scenes in the novel range across Europe and England. It was first published in serial form beginning in 1847. The work is by turns witty, scintillating, brutally realistic, tragic, humorous, and always fascinating. The title of the book stems from Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress”, where Vanity is a town along the pilgrim’s route, and which holds an eternal fair of the vanities. It is a place where people are ensnared by worldly things.
The Rose and The Ring is a satirical work of fantasy fiction by William Makepeace Thackeray, which was originally published in 1854. It is the tale of a fairy, a king of two kingdoms, their offspring, and an old woman. Set in the fictional countries of Paflagonia and Crim Tartary, it criticizes the attitudes of the British upper class and challenges their ideals of beauty and marriage. The story revolves around the lives and fortunes of four royal cousins, Princesses Angelica and Rosalba, and Princes Bulbo and Giglio. The narrative is filled with humor.
Thackeray, à travers son personnage domestique, fustige avec ironie la société britannique de son temps, et en particulier l'aristocratie de naissance, classe supérieure souvent trop désargentée pour tenir son rang par des moyens honnêtes, mais toujours adulée par l'homme du peuple. Vanité, cupidité et snobisme sont les causes principales des maux qui s'abattent sur les personnages, lesquels, dans leur dégénérescente confusion, perdent toute conscience des valeurs morales.
Ranked second only to Charles Dickens in Victorian era popularity, William Makepeace Thackeray may be a novelist worth rediscoving. This is a great introductory story of the key figure in the brilliant novel Henry Esmond. Classic literature - classic writer - classic story. Narrated by Glenn Hascall.
Penguin Classics presents William Makepeace Thackeray adapted for audio and available as a digital download as part of the Penguin English Library series. Read by Robert Hardy’s Vanitas Vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? Or, having it, is satisfied? No one is better equipped in the struggle for wealth and worldly success than the alluring and ruthless Becky Sharp, who defies her impoverished background to clamber up the class ladder.
This book comes with an introduction and notes by Owen Knowles, University of Hull. Thackeray's upper-class Regency world is a noisy and jostling commercial fairground, predominantly driven by acquisitive greed and soulless materialism, in which the narrator himself plays a brilliantly versatile role as a serio-comic observer. Although subtitled 'A Novel without a Hero', "Vanity Fair" follows the fortunes of two contrasting but inter-linked lives.