- Author William Makepeace Thackery
Another Big Read book, I delved into this classic without any preconceptions, having never heard of it. It took me a little while to get into it, particularly as I haven’t read a classic for a while and it takes time to adjust. I did like it but also thought that there wasn’t an awful lot in the way of story.
Not a lot seemed to happen, and I don’t mean compared to modern stories for modern attention spans, but even compared to some other classics. There was a bit of drama at the beginning with the frowned upon marriages, and then an awful lot of waiting around whilst grudges smouldered. A bit of extra-marital drama about three quarters of the way through, and then it was death that came to resolve all the plot lines.
It was enjoyable enough but I was just left thinking I hadn’t really got anything from it.