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De Kermis der IJdelheid

De Kermis der IJdelheid by William Makepeace Thackeray

De Kermis der IJdelheid by William Makepeace Thackeray is a captivating novel that delves into the complexities of society and human nature in 19th century England. The story follows the lives of various characters as they navigate the pitfalls of vanity, ambition, and greed.

Thackeray's writing is sharp and satirical, offering a scathing critique of the shallow and materialistic values that were prevalent during the time. The characters are richly drawn and flawed, making them both relatable and repulsive at the same time. From the conniving Becky Sharp to the hapless but well-meaning Amelia Sedley, each character adds a layer of depth to the novel.

One of the most striking aspects of the book is Thackeray's ability to seamlessly weave social commentary into the narrative. Through the characters' actions and interactions, he exposes the hypocrisy and dishonesty that often underlie the facade of polite society.

Overall, De Kermis der IJdelheid is a thought-provoking and engrossing read that offers a timeless portrait of human nature. Thackeray's wit and keen insight make this novel a classic that is sure to resonate with readers for generations to come.

Book Description:
Vanity Fair: A Novel without a Hero is een in de jaren 1847-1848 gepubliceerde roman van William Makepeace Thackeray, een satire over de vroege 19e-eeuwse Engelse samenleving. Zoals in die tijd gebruikelijk was, verscheen de roman eerst in een (20-delige) serie als feuilleton in een tijdschrift.
De titel Vanity Fair is geïnspireerd op het allegorische verhaal The Pilgrim's Progress (1678) van John Bunyan over het dorpje Vanity.
Vanitas Vanitatum. Wie van ons is gelukkig in deze wereld? Wie van ons heeft wat hij verlangt?, of zoo hij het heeft wie is voldaan?
(Samenvatting geschreven door nl.Wikipedia)

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