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Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth century fiction It depicts the fall and rise of th. 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

E Primrose family presided The Vicar eBook #199 over by the benevolent vicar the narrator of a fairy tale plot of impersonation and deception the abduction of a beautiful heroine and th. 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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E machinations 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 relationships.. Much like the Biblical story of Job but in a nineteenth century English setting this tale of extreme misfortune suffered by an English vicar followed in the end by the restoration of his former life is a model for living through such extremes with exemplary alacrity The vicar is described as a natural born preacher who takes every opportunity to pontificate first to his family and later to his fellow debtor s prison inmates on the virtues of faithful patience when dealing with the calamities of life These exhortations are included in the text of this book which allows the reader to also be the recipient of these sermonsOne can take the novel s plot at face value and consider it to be a sentimental work containing a moral lesson However cynical critics have suggested that it is be a satire on such sentimentality and that it shows the uselessness of the vicar s pious values when dealing with the real sinful worldIn either case the highs and lows of this story are so extreme as to be only that which can happen in fictional literature Nevertheless it makes for a good story If you want a thorough description of this book s plot I suggest the following website main virtue of this book is its antiuity It was written from 1761 to 1762 and published in 1766 It was one of the most popular and widely read 18th century novels among Victorians The novel claims the distinction of being referenced in the writings of many other nineteenth century writers The following uote is taken from Wikipedia The novel is mentioned in George Eliot s Middlemarch Stendhal s The Life of Henry Brulard Arthur Schopenhauer s The Art of Controversy Jane Austen s Emma Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield Mary Shelley s Frankenstein Sarah Grand s The Heavenly Twins Charlotte Bront s The Professor and Villette Louisa May Alcott s Little Women and in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe s The Sorrows of Young Werther as well as his Dichtung und WahrheitI think these references show how widely this book was read during the nineteenth century It is still remembered today but its fame has not continued into the twentieth and twenty first centuries at that level


10 thoughts on “The Vicar of Wakefield

  1. says:

    You can't get very far into Victorian literature without tripping over references to The Vicar of Wakefield Either the novel's heroine is reading the book making fun of the book or trying to teach her French pupils how to translate t

  2. says:

    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

  3. says:

    If I could I would give the first half of the book three stars At the halfway point the book takes a dramatic turn This I could deal with but as it progresses it gets all too didactic and preachy At the end the book turns again The final turn is incredibly bad The end destroys the book totally at least for me I cannot give this book anything but one star Nothing else is possible The audiobook narration is very good all

  4. says:

    It's father knows best 18th Century styleA relatively well off parson's family in mid 1700s England is forced into reduced

  5. says:

    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 spi

  6. says:

    I was a bit surprised to learn that there was a debate over whether or not this 1766 Goldsmith novel is a satire I think if it is read as anything other than a satire its import is lost The humor hidden just beneath the surface is the only thing I can imagine would have garnered it its popularity or held its recognition over the years It was very popular in the 19th Century and has reportedly influenced many writersThe V

  7. says:

    Description Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly reg

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    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

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    Much like the Biblical story of Job but in a nineteenth century English setting this tale of extreme misfortune su

  10. says:

    Our book club was looking for a light classic novel and I suggested this based on the good memories I had of reading it when I was younger I am not sure how the younger girls in the club will rate this book but while I found it slow in getting started the delightful ending made up for it all It is so satisfying to have a