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By Miguel de Cervantes

Edith Grossman's definitive English translation of the Spanish masterpiece. broadly considered as the world's first glossy novel, and one of many funniest and so much tragic books ever written, Don Quixote chronicles the well-known picaresque adventures of the noble knight-errant Don Quixote of los angeles Mancha and his trustworthy squire, Sancho Panza, as they go back and forth via sixteenth-century Spain. except you learn Spanish, you've by no means learn Don Quixote.

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The success of these sketches is quite different in nature from Dickens舗s social anatomies, and more properly journalistic; Thackeray舗s social categorizations have been much more effective in entering culture at large. Vivid as Dickens舗s description of such cognate phenomena as 舠Podsnappery舡 is, the word has no larger cultural currency, while the word 舠snob舡 has been so thoroughly disseminated that its first real user is entirely forgotten. If Dickens舗s talent, in other words, was directed always toward individual distinctness, Thackeray舗s talent tended to generate categories, and tended to place individuals within categories that expressed themselves through the individual.

365) We are in the hands, therefore, of a discreet and rather jaundiced narrative voice, acquainted with舒and perhaps already tired of舒all the restless machinations of urban strivers. Vanity Fair is a novel full of scandal, including fraud, petty deceit, extramarital complications, and (possibly) murder, but these putative outrages to Victorian notions of social decency are never narrated as surprises. Instead, Thackeray presents them to us with a half-amused, half-disgusted species of boredom, as if to say: Surely you weren舗t so naive as to pretend this wasn舗t the case?

H. Lewes, one of the Victorian period舗s most able critics, wondered whether Vanity Fair was too embittered to be truly humorous, and too uniformly skeptical to be effectively satirical; Charlotte Brontȵ, however, dedicated the second edition of Jane Eyre to Thackeray, whom she had never met, and in the process compared the effect of Vanity Fair to that of a Hebrew prophet admonishing the kings of Judah and Israel. That dilemma舒whether Vanity Fair is the work of a moral satirist, or a worldly cynic retailing gossip for the diversion of his audience舒has haunted efforts to understand Thackeray ever since.

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