Karl Marx. A Life. Francis Wheen (Author). Sign up for the monthly New of Marx since the end of the Cold War, Francis Wheen gives us not a socialist ogre but. W.W. Norton • • pages • $ This book is described by the author as “an attempt to rediscover Karl Marx the man a Prussian. In this stunning book, the first comprehensive biography of Marx since the end of the Cold War, Francis Wheen gives us not a socialist ogre but a fascinating.

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Neither of these diminish the book far from it but one does feel that a little editorial discipline and consistency would have made it a better read. An We always heard that Marx was a humorless drudge, the equivalent of a computer geek, slaving away in the British Museum Reading Room.

In an obituary of Christopher Hitchens, his longtime friend, Francis Wheen recounted Hitch’s ludicrously improbable experiences and his exceptional clarity of mind, no matter how inebriated. I’ve read several of Wheen’s books and he is a tremendous writer: The key phrase in the first paragraph is “highly readable”, for to resurrect Marx for the average reader is to do humanity a favour in both the long and short runs.

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Marx is not in the least bit a sympathetic human being – not at least in my reading of Wheen’s detailed biography, but one can’t help but feel the pain of his life, particularly the children he lost The book is well written, light to read and enjoyable. January non-fiction nomination idea 34 28 Nov 12, More reviews at www. Wheen had a column in The Guardian for several years.

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Both the way Wheen treats his subject and his writing style make this a very interesting and enjoyable book, whether the reader is interested in Marxism or not. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, amrx phone. Marx deserved a book like this. Wheen’s overall opinion of his subject is not entirely positive.

Born in Scotland ineducated in France, Switzerland and Spain, Urquhart discovered his long obsession with the East when at the age of twenty-one he sailed—at the suggestion of Jeremy Bentham, an admirer—to take part in the Greek franics of independence, and was severely wounded at the siege of Scio.


Karl Marx by Francis Wheen

He back-bites his fellow socialists going as far as to call one of them a ‘nigger’ but well, he is an expert madx. Running away from Harrow at 16 “to join the alternative society,” Wheen had early periods as a “dogsbody” at The Guardian and the New Statesman and attended Royal Holloway College, University of Londonafter a period at a crammer.

Joel Marx talked about the impact of health care franciis on home care and home medical equipment, and he responded to…. Perhaps that is what even the author excels at: Great biography I enjoyed this book. But I think it plays into my other criticism. Not in the sense that this is a forbiddingly over-intellectualised book, but because he kept alluding to entertaining or alluring titbits that sent me on significant digressions on wiki and elsewhere.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. We had very much neglected this aspect, and one ought to know with whom one is dealing. The Hero on Horseback. Francis Wheen adalah salah satu yang terbaik, menjelaskan secara mudah pikiran-pikiran dan biografi Karl Marx. Apr 07, Dick rated it really liked it. Maybe you want to know about Karl Marx, the mooch with carbuncles. A Life Francis Wheen W.

In this stunning book, the first comprehensive biography wjeen Marx since the end of the Cold War, Francis Wheen gives us not a socialist ogre but a fascinating, ultimately rrancis man, while still examining the criticisms of his detractors. The rummiest of them all was David Urquhart, an eccentric Scottish aristocrat and sometime Tory MP who is now remembered, if at all, as the man who introduced Turkish baths to England.

Unlike the legion of biographers who have dealt primarily with Marxist economic theory, it is Wheen’s goal to avoid another lengthy volume on class struggle, dialectical materialism and the triumph of the proletariat. Overall, though, if you only know those broad strokes then the Wheen biography is a good entry point for learning about the life of Marx.

Marx’s family and friends, collaborators s opponents also feature much more strongly; Sheen was not a lonely philosopher scribbling the years away in garrets and the British Library, although he did spend a lot of time there.

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He has also been a regular columnist for the London Evening Standard.

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Or you can just climb the mountain of Capital itself, something I need to do. In this book Francis Wheen, for the first time, presens Marx the man in all his brilliance and frailty — as a poverty-stricken Prussian emigre who became a middle-class English gentleman; as an angry agitator who spent much of his adult life in scholarly silence in the British Museum Reading Room; as a gregarious and convivial host who fell out with almost all his friends; as a devoted family man who impregnated his housemaid; as a deeply earnest philosopher After he started Das Kapital, he was forever and a day promising to deliver the manuscript to the publishers, forever and a day putting it off.

It is time to strip away the mythology and try to rediscover Lifd Marx the man. Rosyid rated it it was amazing. The Little Wild Boar.

His Marx is neither a saint, nor a devil, but a genuine crazy-cat bohemian philosopher. He gives a rounded picture of Marx the man and Marx the thinker, and debunks a few myths along the way. Open Preview See a Problem? Never would you have guessed, in reading the customary word biographies of sociology textbooks, what an extraordinarily rowdy, d In an obituary of Christopher Hitchens, his longtime friend, Francis Wheen recounted Hitch’s ludicrously improbable experiences and his exceptional clarity of mind, no matter how inebriated.

Ray Privett Banned into Determination Letters: Jun 12, Lolita Lark rated it really liked it. Rob Stout Karl Marx Reviewed. He is a friend of the w This book is impressively full and amusing. I really liked that and thought he came at the character of Karl Marx from a number of different angles.

McCutcheon No preview available – Francis Wheen talked about his book Karl Marx: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. While speaking, particularly if contradicted, he goes into fits