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The Vicar of WakefieldOliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth century fiction It depicts the fall and. Time to retreat into the eighteenth centurya while back I read Antonomasia's review of The History of Tom Jones a Foundling and I thought to myself 'ah what about the Vicar of Wakefield was that not meant to be another famous comedy of that era' the proof of the pudding being in the eating I resolved to acuaint myself further with the good Vicar but alas while it is a gentle and charming book there is no need to hang on to your wig or to loosen your corset in anticipation this is not the kind of thing that will have readers up and down the land slapping their thighs and calling for a pint of claret and their clay pipe Despite this is is rather like the aforementioned history of Tom Jonesin that we see the character on a series of picaresue adventures though here by God the hero in this book is no Picarro but an honest clergyman in the service of his majesty country and God view spoiler there's not much if any difference between the three I think as no gentleman would care to deny hide spoiler

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The Vicar of Wakefield Download ☆ 5 Ö Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth century fiction It depicts the fall and rise of the Primrose family presided over by the benevolent vicar the narrator of a fairy tale plot of impersonation and deceptRise of the Primrose family presided over by the benevolent vicar the narrator of a fairy tale plot of impersonation and deception the abduction of a beautiful heroine and the ma. I know that this is a classic I had it recommended to me at a very early age by Louisa May Alcott via Jo March and with that august endorsement did not ever think that it could be anything less than utterly charmingIn spite of that it has taken 45 years for me to get around to reading it and I wish I had waited 45 Perhaps it is me but I found nothing of worth in the book The characters are undeveloped the plot such as it is was antiuated before it was written and has been done to death and better done since It is supposedly a humorous book I found very little of wit about it and nothing that actually made me laugh If it is a satire it is a very poor one to make one wonder if it is or not Swift's contemporary essay certainly leaves no doubt in the mind that it is a satire so it is not the changing use of the language to blameThere are some classics that I do not personally like that I still understand why they are classic and agree that everyone should read them at least once This isn't one of them

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Chinations of an aristocratic villain By turns comic and sentimental the novel's popularity owes much to its recognizable depiction of domestic life and loving family relationship. One of those books that changes over the decades It was especially interesting to read now given how many mentions of it show up in novels over the past two hundred years and how many well respected writers talk fondly about its light heartedness its mildness its being the uintessential English domestic novelOn this very spoilery reading I picked up how very tongue in cheek Goldsmith wrote satirizing class and social climbing and the real meaning of posh manners as well as towncountry women and fashion the haphazard and greed driven state of schools and ecclesiastical learning at upper levels Son George's interview for becoming a schoolmaster will make every teacher laugh and winceAnd yet it wasn't all that light hearted The riff about prison reform could be published today with regrettably few emendations The auctioning off of daughters is a grim reminder of the fact that marriage between a man and a woman not so long ago was anything but holy This is especially true at the end when everyone is celebrating a thorough going scoundrel and possibly serial rapist finding out his marriage is real yay the money is safe The idea that this book was given to youngsters to read for a couple of centuries would raise eyebrows now notwithstanding all the hardcore stuff seen on tv and film to which kids are exposedIt's also a fascinating look at how the novel was developing Goldsmith was riffing off Sterne's recent runaway bestseller Tristram Shandy and also taking a leaf from Tom Jones in his rambunctiously coincidence driven plotting The excursions into manners the poetry and fantasy storytelling the sermonizing and satire all reflect popular tropes of the time Completely unexamined indeed reinforced was the idea that women were not expected to have any agency because they needed male guidance in all things Willful women invariably came to no goodIt's short and uick read and full of eighteenth century views but a cozy domestic novel With the sons almost burning to death a daughter believed to be dead after her betrayal the thievery and so forth Not my idea of cozy at all in spite of everybody on stage grinning at their happy endings Interesting yes cozy no