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The History of Henry Esmond, Esq. A Colonel in the Service of Her Majesty Queen Anne (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

William Makepeace Thackeray
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Classic novel. According to Wikipedia: "Thackeray is most often compared to one other great novelist of Victorian literature, Charles Dickens. During the Victorian era, he was ranked second only to Dickens, but he is now much less read and is known almost exclusively for Vanity Fair. In that novel he was able to satirize whole swaths of humanity while retaining a light touch. It also features his most memorable character, the engagingly roguish Becky Sharp. As a result, unlike Thackeray's other novels, it remains popular with the general reading public; it is a standard fixture in university courses and has been repeatedly adapted for movies and television. In Thackeray's own day, some commentators, such as Anthony Trollope, ranked his History of Henry Esmond as his greatest work, perhaps because it expressed Victorian values of duty and earnestness, as did some of his other later novels. It is perhaps for this reason that they have not survived as well as Vanity Fair, which satirizes those values."


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 681 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 335 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1466307250
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  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0084A9C2A
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Déroutant mais passionnant 25 septembre 2011
Par ilya
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On connait tous Vanity Fair. On aura du mal a retrouver ici toute l'ironie de l'auteur. De plus, je ne connaissais vraiment pas cette période de l'histoire de l'Angleterre. Cependant c'est un livre passionnant, même si la fin m'a un peu dérouté... mais je n'en dirai pas plus.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A Masterpiece 29 juillet 2000
Par David Snyder - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Although for some reason forgotten by the US public, "The History of Henry Esmond" is one of the finest books ever written in English language. May be it has lost its luster because it offers no excess of blood-spilling and sexual adventures, but instead finds its way to describe the deepest and most vulnerable chambers of the human heart. I have read a handful of books, be it in English, French, German or Russian, that described the human strengths and weaknesses while tying them to a character one can relate to with such skill. People who do not like it, it seems, are just shamed by the morals offered in such a book, and are quick to forget it. I read "Henry Esmond" when I was a young boy, and now, half a century later, it hasn't lost a beat.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 All the good ones seem to be out of print 8 juillet 2003
Par Maggie - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The History of Henry Esmond begins with the sweet Lady Castlewood stumbling upon the lonely abandoned Henry as she tours her new home. Her husband has inherited the estate and his illegitimate 11-year old cousin Henry, is fearful of the reception he will receive from the new owners. Will they throw him out? Treat him like a servant? When they instead embrace him into their family (which includes their daughter Beatrix and son Frank) he is overjoyed. What he slowly begins to realize (as he first becomes their almost-son, and later the de facto head of the household) is that this blessing is more complex than it first appears.
Throughout the book, Henry longs for a family, and although he is a part of the Castlewood's, he is also always an outsider. They come to rely on him because they know he will sacrifice more for them then any real son or brother ever would. With every page, the Castlewood family becomes increasingly complex - some relationships are strengthened and some are slowly destroyed in such subtle ways that when a catastrophe comes, it seems inevitable, and at the same time, surprising. True motives are hidden and twisted and everybody longs for a kind of love not given. Through it all, we have Henry's narration (although he speaks of himself in the third person), which casts a lonely and reflective tone over all the events. A beautiful book.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Esmond 3 juin 2000
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In the minds of some, justifiably the finest novel in the English language. The neglect this novel has suffered is appalling. Requirement: a mind for detail, a sympathy for history, an artistic sensibility. Read it at least twice. Only one reader in a thousand will remember the button reference on the last line. A pity that this book should be out-of-print. Pater thought it a perfect work of fiction. Trollope thought it was unsurpassed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Esmond 3 juin 2000
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In the minds of some, justifiably the finest novel in the English language. The neglect this novel has suffered is appalling. Requirement: a mind for detail, a sympathy for history, an artistic sensibility. Read it at least twice. Only one reader in a thousand will remember the button reference on the last line. A pity that this book should be out-of-print. Pater thought it a perfect work of fiction. Trollope thought it was unsurpassed.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the Greatest Historical Novels Ever Written -- Drama, Romance, Humor, Satire 22 janvier 2011
Par Reader from Washington, DC - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I first read this book when I was twelve years old and re-read it every ten years. It is one of the greatest historical novels ever written. On the surface it is a memoir of Henry Esmond, an illegitimate son of a nobleman, who survives a turbulent era in which religious and political factions fight for control of England around 1700.

But the book is much more than that. It is a complex and romantic family drama in which the illegitimate son, Henry Esmond, plays a key role in preserving the rest of his father's family from various dangers that stalk them in a dissolute uppper-class society where no nobleman's money or wife is safe from his debauched fellow aristocrats.

Henry falls in love with two of his beautiful female relatives, and must make a painful choice in the end between the two women. He is also faced with a major moral dilemma when a secret about his own birth tilts the balance of power within his father's family.

The book faithfully mimics the language and style of the early 18th century, but is very readable. It has a lot of humor and satire -- duels and love affairs are interrupted by gentle mockery of upper-class pretensions and vices.

Henry Esmond is a very likeable hero, an orphaned bastard of a commoner and a nobleman, who struggles to find a place for himself in a society with rigid class barriers and who sees the society around him with the eyes of both his commoner mother and his arrogant father. By the close of the novel he has to make a choice--whether to continue dealing with the hypocrisy and corruption of the British upper classes of that era and their deadly political games or flee to the American colonies. He must also choose which woman he will finally give his heart to.
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