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Vain Fortune   By: (1852-1933)

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Vain Fortune by George Moore is a thought-provoking and captivating novel that delves into the complexities of human desires and the pursuit of happiness. Set in the late 19th century, the book follows the lives of two intriguing characters, Lucy and Sylvester, as they navigate the societal norms and constraints of their time.

Moore's writing style is exquisite, as he weaves a tale that is both lyrical and profound. His attention to detail is commendable, as he vividly brings to life the bustling streets of Paris and the opulent yet stifling atmosphere of London's upper class. The author's mastery lies in his ability to delve deep into the minds of his characters, exposing their intricate thoughts and emotions with an astute understanding of human nature.

One of the most compelling aspects of Vain Fortune is its exploration of the themes of love and desire. Moore presents a nuanced portrayal of these emotions, showcasing how they can both bring immense joy and cause tremendous pain. The characters' relationships are portrayed with a delicate touch, making them relatable and realistic. Lucy's journey, in particular, is captivating as she battles with her own desires, societal expectations, and the yearning for true fulfilment.

Furthermore, the novel also offers a commentary on the limitations placed on women in Victorian society. Moore subtly challenges these restrictions through Lucy's character, demonstrating her inner strength and determination to break free from the confines of her gender. This feminist undertone adds depth and relevance to the story, highlighting the universal struggle for equality that is still prevalent today.

While Vain Fortune primarily revolves around the personal struggles of its characters, it also touches upon broader social issues of the time. Moore skillfully incorporates commentary on the divide between the working class and the aristocracy, shedding light on the disparities and injustices present in society. This socio-political backdrop adds an extra layer of complexity, making the novel not only a brilliant character study but also a thought-provoking reflection on a bygone era.

In conclusion, Vain Fortune is a beautiful and evocative novel that explores the depths of human desires, love, and the constraints of society. George Moore's exquisite writing, fully-realized characters, and profound exploration of themes make it a compelling read. Whether you are drawn to historical fiction, feminist literature, or simply appreciate a well-crafted story, this book is sure to captivate and leave a lasting impression.

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[Illustration: "She slipped on her knees, and burst into a passionate fit of weeping."]

Vain Fortune

A Novel


George Moore

With Five Illustrations By Maurice Greiffenhagen

New Edition

Completely Revised

London: Walter Scott, Ltd. Paternoster Square


Edinburgh: T. and A. Constable, Printers to Her Majesty

Prefatory Note

I hope it will not seem presumptuous to ask my critics to treat this new edition of Vain Fortune as a new book: for it is a new book. The first edition was kindly noticed, but it attracted little attention, and very rightly, for the story as told therein was thin and insipid; and when Messrs. Scribner proposed to print the book in America, I stipulated that I should be allowed to rewrite it. They consented, and I began the story with Emily Watson, making her the principal character instead of Hubert Price. Some months after I received a letter from Madam Couperus, offering to translate the English edition into Dutch. I sent her the American edition, and asked her which she would prefer to translate from. Madam Couperus replied that many things in the English edition, which she would like to retain, had been omitted from the American edition, that the hundred or more pages which I had written for the American edition seemed to her equally worthy of retention... Continue reading book >>

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