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Oliver Goldsmith's hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth century fiction It depicts the fall and. 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 the way through from start to finish This is a uick uick review but I will come back and explain a bit What is drawn here is provincial English life in the 1700s The central character and narrator of the story is Reverend Charles Primrose the eponymous vicar of the title He is telling readers of events in his own life and his family s He is a moral and loving family man He lives an idyllic life in a country parish with his wife and six children He is wealthy but at the start of the novel loses his wealth The man with whom the family s money had been invested goes bankruptand then disappears What will happen to the family This is the focus of the book The vicar is immediately shown to be a trusting man the result being he is deceived by many He is and remains kind and forgiving of othersThe story is plot oriented and action filled we watch the numerous scrapes family members encounter and then must overcome There are love intrigues the eldest son and two of the vicar s daughters are of marriageable age Swindles and dubious deals are to be coped with view spoilerFires and near drownings too hide spoiler

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The Vicar of Wakefield

Chinations 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 relationship. Description Oliver Goldsmith s hugely successful novel of 1766 remained for generations one of the most highly regarded and beloved works of eighteenth century fiction It depicts the fall and rise of the Primrose family presided over by the benevolent vicar the narrator of a fairy tale plot of impersonation and deception the abduction of a beautiful heroine and the 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 relationshipsAn interesting section in Boswell s biography of Samuel Johnson makes me wish to read this book and here it is Powell Frith Measuring Heights 1863 A scene from Chapter 16 Olivia Primrose and Suire Thornhill standing back to backOpening The description of the family of Wakefield in which a kindred likeness prevails as well of minds as of personsI was ever of opinion that the honest man who married and brought up a large family did service than he who continued single and only talked of population From this motive I had scarce taken orders a year before I began to think seriously of matrimony and chose my wife as she did her wedding gown not for a fine glossy surfaces but such ualities as would wear well To do her justice she was a good natured notable woman and as for breeding there were few country ladies who could shew She could read any English book without much spelling but for pickling preserving and cookery none could excel her She prided herself also upon being an excellent contriver in house keeping tho I could never find that we grew richer with all her contrivances However we loved each other tenderly and our fondness encreased as we grew old What a refreshing change of pace this was a sentimental read that failed to descend into dreaded mawkishness The Primrose s family fortunes were a white knuckle ride tempered by stiff upper lip and the moral high ground Ernest Gustave Girardot 1883 Charles Robert Leslie A Scene from The Vicar of Wakefield chapitre XI

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Rise of the Primrose family presided over by the benevolent vicar the narrator of a fairy tale plot of impersonation and deception the abduction of a beautiful heroine and the ma. 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


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 the book Oliver Goldsmith's 1766 novel is sort of the Moby Dick of the 19th century in that it was the book tha

  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 m

  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

  4. says:

    It's father knows best 18th Century styleA relatively well off parson's family in mid 1700s England is forced into reduced circumstances and then really falls on hard times A contemporary and friend of lexicographer Samuel Johnson Oliver Goldsmith too was a lover of language He was a teller of tales and The Vicar of Wakefield is essentially just that a collection of stories tailored to fit linearly into this one novel As such th

  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

  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 anyth

  7. says:

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

  8. says:

    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 climbing and the real m

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    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 inmat

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    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 all loose ends tied up neatly in a light farcical novel There is a prevading 'goodness' abo