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Catherine: a Story

William Makepeace Thackeray

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mrs. Hall; and very early did the poor vain misguided wretch begin to reap what she had sown.

For a man, remorse under these circumstances is perhaps uncommon. No stigma affixes on HIM for betraying a woman; no bitter pangs of mortified vanity; no insulting looks of superiority from his neighbour, and no sentence of contemptuous banishment is read against him; these all fall on the tempted, and not on the tempter, who is permitted to go free. The chief thing that a man learns after having successfully practised on a woman is to despise the poor wretch whom he has won. The game, in fact, and the glory, such as it is, is all his, and the punishment alone falls upon her. Consider this, ladies, when charming young gentlemen come to woo you with soft speeches. You have nothing to win, except wretchedness, and scorn, and desertion. Consider this, and be thankful to your Solomons for telling it.

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Un libro truculento. Al leer el título creí que me iba a topar con una heroína al estilo Jane Eyre o una persona que bien podía ganarse mi simpatía, pero evidentemente eso no estaba en los planes de Thackeray. Y lo deja bien claro desde el inicio.
Catherine es la historia de la muchacha que le...more

Wow! What a pleasant surprise this novel was. I only read it because I got the complete works of Thackeray on my Kindle. It is my experience that first novel seem to be interesting at best or how-they-improved at worst. This, though, is an exception. Thackerary's first was extremely engaging, ver...more

Wonderful story, interesting characters, and some very sharp writing occasionally.

As a novel this is weighed down by the author feeling it necessary to try justifying his novel, at least from a 21st century perspective, often and excessively. I don't want to here about how you're 'not like other...more

I really enjoyed this. Thackeray's style is engaging and often very funny - I found myself reading bits out to my other half. A very enjoyable read.

I knew what the outcome of Catherine Hayes' life and Thackeray's Catherine: A Story was based on her life but I wanted to read the actual events after I finished his novel. This was his first novel and he wanted to show that a writer does not have to succumb to having villains look like heroes bu...more

Σε πολυ λίγες σελίδες , όλη η ειρωνία για την Αγγλικη υψηλή κοινωνία των λούμπεν και του υποκόσμο ...,,,

Catherine was Thackeray's first novel (1840) and was published under the pen name of Ikey Solomons, Esq., Jr. Catherine's character was based on the real life criminal, Catherine Hayes, who was burned at the stake for murder in London in 1726. It's an odd, disjointed tale of unsavory characters....more

Contrary to the author's express purpose, and despite his provoking tactics to that effect, this book, Thackeray's first novel, rather than dissuade me from scouting the passages of the heinous yet esteemed Newgate faculty, aroused my morbidness and consigned me to roam along the villains resurre...more

I was delighted with this. I want to do a complete Thackeray read, so I had to start with his first, although what I read about it didn't fill me with confidence. But it was very funny, I loved his authorial voice and despite what you may read, the plot works as well. OK, it's not as rounded as V...more

Διασκεδαστικό, καυστικό και κάπου κάπου χιουμοριστικό. Η αλήθεια είναι ότι δύσκολα θα σου αρέσει αν απλά κάτσεις και το διαβάσεις. Είναι ένα γνήσιο κείμενο του 16ου αιώνα επηρεασμένο από την εποχή και τους συγγραφείς της. Αν υπομονετικά ψάξεις πίσω από τις γραμμές για να βρεις τι σχολιάζει και τι...more

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