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They used to go pub-hopping along Tottenham Court Road. He back-bites his fellow socialists going as far as to call one of them a ‘nigger’ but well, he is an expert critic. Retrieved 4 June Wheen is the author of several books, including a biography of Karl Marx [4] which won the Deutscher Memorial Prize in[5] and has been frqncis into twenty languages.

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Knowing very little about the man, and sharing few if any views on society or politics of those who claim to follow his philosophy, I found this book an overall good read. I think what readers will really enjoy with this one is the authors ability to keep it all in perspective. Lists with This Book. Jul 25, Jan-Maat added it Shelves: As Wheen wrote about Hitchens, Marx was “a prodigiously energetic worker whose focus, as he observed the world and its follies, was never blurred.

franncis Francis Wheen adalah salah satu yang terbaik, menjelaskan secara mudah pikiran-pikiran dan biografi Karl Marx. Francis Wheen does for Marx what Safranski did for Schopenhauer.

In this maarx 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 You will also find rum coves, boobies, squiffy letters written after lunch kark scallywags.


For the first two-thirds of the book, Marx comes across as a bit of a loser, a schlemiel: It is this last that I find such an affecting detail, and one that is lovingly treated by Wheen; as for the old man’s death, I found myself wiping away a tear, and I dare say I wasn’t the only reader to do that. Eleven people showed up for his funeral.

But I think it plays into my other criticism. Sometimes you find yourself missing the good old hagiography. Wheen’s wonderfully written book illustraits, with colors as vivis as possible, the life and francjs of Karl Magx, warts and all; from blood-thirsty arguments with opponents, to medical details of the various many ailments Marx suffered from to the horrificly true and not-so-nice predictions of Europe’s political future including the world wars and what brought them about.

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These carbuncles gave a colorful edge to his work. He is a friend of the worker because his economic analyses tell him to be. When Wheen started the book in he provocatively chose the least seemingly fashionable or relevant topic possible; now, as throughout history, it’s proving to be suddenly pertinent all over again.

Maybe you already know about Karl Marx, the intellect. He let you see what Marx may have looked like to his francs Jenny, to his friend Engels and to a whole host of other characters, that were both interesting and integral to his life. He could round up the troops, get anything he wanted passed when he was running, say, the International Working Men’s Association.


More reviews maxr www. Francis Wheen has obviously read quite a lot of Marx’s writings himself and his selective quotes are often both illuminating and amusing, particularly from letters.

A loveable old rogue

Word does seem to have got about. It is a book for those who fear Marx is on the scrap heap of defunct ideas — those who might be feeling a little glum at the prospect that history has come to its conclusion. It’s virtually all based on personal correspondence, presented in chronological order, so it feels like a timeline of Marx’s life strung together in an artlessly dry narrative.

And he was wonderful at insults. Wheen’s technique will be familiar to readers of his column in this paper: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

He was a dynamite speaker, especially when there was a brouhaha amongst his fellow rabble-rousers, as there usually was. 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. In a famous riff on Hegel, Marx once said that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce.

But, okay, Marx himself was no monster, and Wheen does a good job of humanizing the old bogeyman — almost too good a job, actually: Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.

In this, as in the rest of the book, Wheen works his way through the life and works marc Karl Marx as others have done before him.