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But a safe and cosy revolutionary is merely a new kind of mythologising. Great biography I enjoyed this book. What the young Berman found in the young Marx — i. Marx may have said hween philosophers have interpreted the world, but “the point is to change it”, yet Wheen remarks: There are advantages in watching the process of a Marx revived again and again according to the perceptions of social pundits: Nov 01, Gabriel Fugazi rated it it was amazing.
This book created such a stir when it came out that I feel I hardly have to summarize it. Sep 13, Debraj Bhattacharya rated it it was amazing.
Feb 24, Robert Varik rated it liked it. This quote, according to Wheen, has been taken out of context: But I wonder whether presenting the thinker as a godless Job afflicted with boils and a taste for karx is quite the best way to do the job.
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If Stalinism was a misreading of Marx, it was at least a mwrx misreading. Jun 14, Meirav Rath rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A major biography of the man who, more than any other, made the twentieth century.
However I didn’t get a sense of Marx’s intellectual development or of his thinking from this book. We prefer to see the portrait of the man, rather than think about his thoughts. We always heard that Marx was a humorless drudge, the equivalent of a computer geek, slaving away in the British Museum Reading Room.
Open Preview See a Problem? Marx here comes by as a sectarian asshole alienating almost all his comrades all the time, as being mostly dirt poor, but also as being unable on giving up on bourgeois conveniences private secretary, maid etc that fitted francjs man of his caste and therefore leading his family ffancis unnecessarily suffer from lack of foodas a loving housefather that becomes a real softy at old age, as one that jokes together with Engels about nigger jews, of him supposedly impregnating the maid, as a serious binge-drinker, and how he rises and falls in infamy several times in his life.
In a famous riff on Hegel, Marx once said that history repeats itself, “the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce. Wheen doesn’t leave it at brilliant descriptions of day-to-day life.
McLellan’s Marx was both more interesting and very much shorter.
Although, there’s enough on the theory in it that can help you pretend what you’re talking about when discussing Marxism with your friends. Not to mention to Martin Rowson’s remarkable cartoon book, Scenes from the Lives of the Great Socialistsin which the pun-laden escapades of Marx and Engels will be seen to have more relation to reality than previously supposed. In this, as in the rest of the book, Wheen works his way through the life and works of Karl Marx as others have done before him.
Booknotes interview francks Wheen on Karl Marx: So I bought that book, and then I put it on my shelf as a decoration and then forgot about it for the next several years.
He was also a doting grandfather.
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He captures the man and his life and the times with wit and even-handedness. His life was a grubby, shambolic farce that somehow gave birth to a world-historic tragedy. He writes for Private Eye and is currently the magazine’s deputy editor. These mythical figures, striving to expand human powers through science and rationality, unleash demonic powers that erupt irrationally, beyond human control, with horrifying results.
Marx himself also wrote a lot, some of which has o Here is one view on Marx and his influence: Lists with This Book.
So instead of buying that unknown book, I went looking for people who had read various lives and what they would recommend to read. Don’t expect a critical engagement with Marxist theory or anything like that.
Karl Marx by Francis Wheen
When he delivered Das Kapital to his German publishing house, the manuscript had blood all over it. He was a dynamite speaker, especially when there was a brouhaha amongst his fellow rabble-rousers, as there usually was. Retrieved 18 April