Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray This was the ultimate soap opera - long, tedious, leading nowhere. If social satire means creating shallow characters, each of whom a single word can describe easily, and then making fun of them in a straightforward and oftentimes naïve manner, then this is not a genre I will be reading more of.

I couldn't help comparing this novel to 'War and Peace' throughout - both vast, set in the same historical period and both regarded as classics. My conclusion is - sometimes a classic compares to a classic as One Direction does to Depeche Mode. And then some.