Karl Marx: A Life [Francis Wheen] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A brilliant book, by a superb author, about a necessary man. Francis Wheen’s biography of Marx, from which this is extracted, even the most devoted follower of Karl Marx will recognise the merit of Francis’s study. Karl Marx has ratings and 85 reviews. Ahmad said: Karl Marx, Francis Wheenتاریخ نخستین خوانش: هفتم مارس سال میلادیعنوان: کارل مارکس؛ نویسنده.

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In late Wheen was co-author, with journalist David Aaronovitch and blogger Oliver Kamm, of a complaint to The Guardian after it published a correction and apology for an interview with Noam Chomsky by Emma Brockes. It is pleasing to know that Marx, who understood the workings of capital more than any other, was as wasteful with lucre as I.

If you read this you will learn nothing, or next to nothing, about why Karl Marx was a socialist, why he moved from philosophy to economics, or how he developed the theories described in Capital. You will also find rum coves, boobies, squiffy letters written after lunch and scallywags. Oct 02, John Mihelic rated it really liked it.

The second is that this is more a critique of Marx’s life and rather personalised a Quite enjoyed this. I really liked that and thought he came at the character of Karl Marx from a number of different angles. However I didn’t get a sense of Marx’s intellectual development or of his thinking from this book.

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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. Now, it looks as if each generation is going to get the Karl Marx it deserves. Wheen’s wonderfully written book illustraits, with colors as vivis as possible, the frandis and works of Trancis Marx, 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.

Maybe you already know about Karl Marx, frxncis intellect. He back-bites his fellow socialists going as far as to call one of them a ‘nigger’ but well, he is an expert critic. It was early spring and the sun was shining, so we hoped to take the day and make the most of it. As it is, it is rather idiosyncratic, quite entertaining, and wholly succeeds in demystifying Marx and his times.


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Wheen recognises, as Kapp did before him, that while the Marxes failed to live on relatively handsome sums either inherited from time to time, or donated by the angelic Engels, Marx himself was trapped by bourgeois standards into the social requirements of a family man with three daughters to marry off. Never would you have guessed, in reading the customary word biographies of sociology textbooks, what an extraordinarily rowdy, diseased, hectic, painful, poverty-stricken life the man led. Wheen was born into an army family [1] and educated at two independent schools: Three or four years ago, I went to go on a walk in the woods with my wife.

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.

Wheen reclaims Marx from the totalitarians and capitalists who used and abused him. 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. That said, oli see veidikene kuiv ja igav lugemine minu jaoks. Wheen was opposed to the Falklands Whern.

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Retrieved 15 November Preview — Karl Marx by Francis Wheen. It reads like an adventure novel; the prose is immaculate and very, very funny. If so, I recommend this. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Trata-se de um ocaso que parece durar um dia inteiro There were one or two reviewers who despaired that Wheen reduced so much of Marx’s political and philosophical thought to what amounts to not much more than the literary equivalent of a thumbs-up; but a this is preferable to a thumbs-down, and b it will send readers off to the original texts.

Views Read Edit View history. Perhaps that is what even the author excels at: Wheen wants to retrieve Marx the man and exonerate him from responsibility for what has been done in his name. 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.


Also, sad are the endings of all Marx’s children, with all the daughters that outlived him killing themselves leaving Karl Marx without any grandchildren. The second is that this is more a critique of Marx’s life and rather personalised at that, with occasional ad-hominem pops at both Marx’s contemporaries and other Marx biographers than a straight up-and-down biography.

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Trivia About Karl Marx. These carbuncles gave a colorful edge to his work. 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. A very good book, I highly recommend it. Chomsky complained that the article suggested he denied the Srebrenica massacre of 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.

By contrast Wheen takes the view that Marx frahcis Das Capital is the equivalent of Dickens as a great painter of the landscape of Victorian Britain. Still, I figured no biography could just gloss over Capital and the rest of his works.

I knew before I picked it up that this was about Marx the person, rather than about his intellectual output. InWheen waived his right to anonymity in order to frncis about being a victim of teacher Charles Napierafter Napier was convicted of sexually abusing 23 boys between and Hugely entertaining and readable.

I’ve read several of Wheen’s books and he is a tremendous writer: As the author points out, there are a lot of books giving detailed critiques of Marxist theory madx no need for yet another.

Still, here it is: