The Book of Snobs

The Book of Snobs This humorous study begins with the assertion that Snobs are to be studied like other objects of Natural Science

This humorous study begins with the assertion that Snobs are to be studied like other objects of Natural Science

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  1. Thackeray, an only child, was born in Calcutta, India, where his father, Richmond Thackeray 1 September 1781 13 September 1815 , held the high rank of secretary to the board of revenue in the British East India Company His mother, Anne Becher 1792 1864 was the second daughter of Harriet and John Harman Becher and was also a secretary writer for the East India Company.William had been sent to England earlier, at the age of five, with a short stopover at St Helena where the imprisoned Napoleon was pointed out to him He was educated at schools in Southampton and Chiswick and then at Charterhouse School.See also enpedia wiki William_

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  1. Everybody is a snob of some sort The important thing is to discover just what kind of snob you are and then accommodate yourself to your fault Thackeray has written a kind of natural history of snobs that assists the identification process A close reading of this book will save years of therapy.

  2. Given to me by a friend who knows I am a snob about many things hopefully with humor , I found this book to be entertaining and in some ways enlightening Thackeray takes every type of character you could imagine, and discusses the stereotypical snob of that group He does this with wit and humor, and swift rapier cuts that expose to the bone in some cases Groups include military snobs, university snobs, great city snobs, aristocratic snobs, country snobs, dining out snobs, literary snobs ow that [...]

  3. The Book of Snobs is a collection of weekly columns written in 1848 for Punch magazine By William Makepeace Thackeray Thackeray may not have invented the word snob , but the idea of an upwardly mobile mercantile middle class desperate to appear better born than they had been was still quite new in the 19th century For a satirist, it was easy pickings.The problem with giving a book a title like The Book of Snobs is that it sets readers expectations unreasonably high This was mildly amusing, not o [...]

  4. I ve stuck this on my read shelf but quiet whisper I haven t actually finished it The writing is witty, but too repetitive As an article, it would be great, but as a book it just ends up rehashing the same old ideas and jokes.

  5. A periodically amusing book but many of its sections aren t apt to have much relevance to modern readers As a result I skimmed over a number of the chapters and ended up reading most of the book in random drips and drabs In my opinion Thackery did a far better job of satirizing social climbers and inane snobbery in Vanity Fair, and I d suggest readers interested in sampling his work start there.

  6. The problem with humor of another era is that it doesn t necessarily make sense in another cultural context Parts of this book were very funny, indeed, and parts were just a little tedious Recommended only for the very knowledgeable in Victorian literature and culture.

  7. 2.5 stars ok A fun concept, a nice variety of snobs covered, and a few funny observations about entertaining with snobs, but the numerous references to specific people, places, situations, publications, etc known to the author seemed to bog down the book and overshadow the illustrations of snobbery.

  8. A R gis me mandou esse volume de Natal ou de dia de Reis porque os pacotes dela sempre chegam na poca de reis acompanhado de saquinhos de ch Earl Grey afinal, para ler O Livro dos Esnobes, preciso ter toda uma ambienta o.Em virtude do clima mesmo s cinco da tarde, Hellcife muito quente preferi tomar o ch gelado N o sei se foi por conta da minha forma de servir ou se porque n o tenho o paladar de um esnobe o caso que n o fiquei muito f do earl grey, at porque prefiro coisas mais docesComent rios [...]

  9. I love to read the bits about the various types of snobs within society and thinking about who that relates to in my vast family and my circle of friends and it is interesting to see how well they are described and how they fit the author interpretation of that snobiness I just thought it was so funny how we all have someone who relates to that particular stereotyped snob You have a chapter about royalty and how they are raised and how people react, then the What snobs admire and how snobbishnes [...]

  10. Haciendo alarde de una fina y elegante iron a, Thackeray repasa los distintos grupos sociales desde la realeza a los clubistas y jugadores, pasando por los comerciantes, militares, eclesi sticos, estudiantes, los viajeros o los que viven en el campo , as como las formas de comportarse en la mesa o el modo de concertar matrimonios de los ingleses, llegando a la conclusi n de que esnobs hay en todas partes y lugares.Porque parece que el esnobismo es algo consustancial al ser humano y, de una forma [...]

  11. Also, schaut mal dieses tolle Cover an Ich meine da muss das Buch ja fast schon lesen und nun ja, ich habe es getan.Nach Recherche habe ich festgestellt, dass der Autor zu seiner Lebenszeit f r die Zeitschrift Punch t tig war und er damals ein Jahr lang Jagd auf die Snobs gemacht hatte und ber diese berichtet hatte.Ob das Buch bez glich Snobs heute noch richtig aktuell ist oder nicht, ist f r mich schwierig zu beurteilen Klar wurden die Geschichten und Erz hlungen ber seine damaligen Zeitgenosse [...]

  12. Thackeray, meilleur romancier que journaliste travers une collection d articles parus dans le journal satirique Punch, Thackeray esquisse le portrait du snob, cet tre pompeux, mondain, peu concern de son prochain et de des imitateurs du snob Toujours aussi cynique et observateur de l hypocrisie de la soci t , l auteur de Vanity Fair d crit avec d sinvolture et humour le snob La posture souvent indign e et l avalanche de reproches cruelles sont pesantes, Thackeray n est pas toujours son meilleur. [...]

  13. I am still working my way through this book Thackeray wrote it as periodicals for a paper and so there isn t a narrative directly to follow which felt a bit arduous reading it chapter by chapter, I have been enjoying it although, Thackeray is deft with his wit and severe with his criticism of snobs although as he goes along he begins including himself as a snob which initially he denied outright earlier on in the novel I will write a comprehensive review when I complete it.

  14. This is a long collection of dated humor, with one joke often repeated It is not bad Not in the slightest, I laughed often It is simply clear to me that it would have been better in its original form, as a serial in Punch, rather than as I read it, as a single volume It grew tiresome in large doses, and I found myself only half listening to it, because I knew exactly what was going to be said next.

  15. This book was originally published as a series of sketches in Punch before being published in one volume My edition also contains the illustrations by the author As the title suggests, this book is about the snobs in British society at the time Quite witty taking into consideration its era, however generally I found it just ok.

  16. On being a huge fan of vanity fair , I bought this in the hope that it would be another can t put down , humorous book I have to admit, I gave up half way through reading it, as I just didn t seem to get it at all Sorry Thackeray, despite being a 19th century novels fan, I just wasn t keen on this one.

  17. It s a fun book, a compilation of texts from a magazine, maybe because of that it s bette to have it a side and read it from time to time, if not can be a little bit exhausting But I enjoyed most of it

  18. Lecture d licieuse L ironie, la rapidit , l observation, tout ce que j aine s y trouve Comme on s amuse avec les auteurs d autrefois et comme ils nous consolent des ennuyeux doctrinaires de ce pays devenu si s rieux.

  19. Mordant et rafraichissant, une description au vitriol du snobisme dans l angleterre de la premi re moiti e du XIXeme.

  20. Simultaneously dated and spot on Which of us, nearing 30 or knocking it, like I have , hasn t suddenly discovered the flattering joy of a lower watt light bulb in public spaces

  21. An interesting take on Victorian social climbers that s not so different from what happened in the past several years here in America.

  22. The book is a period piece, hence many of the references and obvious jibes went right past me Although I didn t finish this, I believe that I ll pick it up some day again.

  23. Good old Thackeray laying down the law The formula may or may not get old depending on how much of an ax you have to grind.

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