Karl Marx: A Life

Karl Marx: A LifeExistem Centenas De Livros Sobre Marx, Na Sua Maioria Escritos Por Acad Micos E Puristas Que Acham Uma Blasf Mia Trat Lo Como Um Vulgar Homem De Carne E Osso Neles, O Fil Sofo Aparece Sempre Como Uma Esp Cie De Divindade Intoc Vel S O Tamb M Muitas As Biografias Publicadas At Hoje, Mas Os Aspectos Mais Importantes Da Sua Vida Nunca Foram Realmente Tratados Neste Livro, Francis Wheen D A Conhecer, Pela Primeira Vez, Marx O Fil Sofo, Mas Sempre Na Perspectiva De Marx O Homem, Com Os Seus Desgostos, As Suas Alegrias, Os Seus Desejos O Pensador Nos Descrito Numa Narrativa Muito Fluida Como Um Ser Brilhante E Fr Gil, Pobre E Burgu S, Cavalheiro E Agitador, Social E Jovial, Amigo Do Seu Amigo, Homem Devotado Fam Lia Mas Que Engravidou A Criada, Amante De Bebidas, Charutos E Anedotas Marx Al M De Um Ser Brilhante Fil Sofo Foi Antes De Mais Um Homem

Francis James Baird Wheen born 22 January 1957 is a British journalist, writer and broadcaster.Wheen was educated at Copthorne Prep School, Harrow School and Royal Holloway College, University of London At Harrow he was a contemporary of Mark Thatcher who has been a recurring subject of his journalism citation needed He is a member of the soap side of the Wheen family, whose family business

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  • Paperback
  • 365 pages
  • Karl Marx: A Life
  • Francis Wheen
  • English
  • 04 August 2019

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  1. says:

    Karl Marx, Francis Wheen 2002 1380 373 3 9644113000 1392 349 368 1818 1883 20

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    It s strange but arguably true millions of people died in Siberia because a philosopher in London had carbuncles on his ass Chaos theory now makes a little sense to me.In a famous riff on Hegel, Marx once said that history repeats itself, the first time as tragedy, the second time as farce Marx s own biography suggests a different sequence His life was a grubby, shambolic farce that somehow gave birth to a world historic tragedy Francis Wheen, the author of this generally excellent biography, snidely pooh poohs the idea that Marx bears any responsibility for the Gulag, but this seems as na ve as the reductionism it was meant to counter If Stalinism was a misreading of Marx, it was at least a plausible misreading It can t be a coincidence that every communist regime in history got Marx wrong in exactly the same way.But, okay, Marx himself was no monster, and Wheen does a good job of humanizing the old bogeyman almost too good a job, actually his Marx is not just human, but hilariously, embarrassingly, disastrously human For the first two thirds of the book, Marx comes across as a bit of a loser, a schlemiel living in rented rooms, shamelessly sponging off rich relatives and his good buddy Engels, refusing to get a real job, cowering in his study while his wife turned away creditors, fathering children with grim Victorian persistence including one with the housekeeper , lancing the aforementioned carbuncles with a razor, getting massive boils on his penis, snoring on the sofa all day long while his kids romped among dirty dishes and broken furniture, confidently predicting revolution every other week always wrongly , going on benders, writing thunderous, 200 page jeremiads against anyone who looked at him sideways, letting a friend fight a duel in his place and take a bullet in the head , growing a freaky beard, malingering, and constantly, constantly, CONSTANTLY complaining And yet, damn it, the man was a genius Deirdre McCloskey, a hardcore neoliberal and therefore the furthest thing imaginable from a Marxist calls him the greatest social critic of the nineteenth century As a philosopher and economist, he was a horror show, but as a writer and all around shit disturber, he has few equals If only he d stuck to journalismThe last years of Marx s life were spent traipsing around the fashionable spas of Europe, where he charmed the other guests with his witty anecdotes and impeccable manners He was also a doting grandfather Eleven people showed up for his funeral.

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    This boils and all biography gives a vivid picture of Marx suffering from boils, smoking cheap cigars apparently he fell in love with a shop with particularly cheap cigars whose advertising said the you smoke, the you save , revealing the man with bad handwriting which prevents him from getting a job as a clerk with a railway company , who suffered from boils, cadging money off Engels and engaging in bitter correspondence wars with lesser left wing thinkers who no doubt lacked his own rich assortment of boils However I didn t get a sense of Marx s intellectual development or of his thinking from this book In that respect this is very much a book of its time after 1989, when the spirit of the end of history moved upon the face of the waters, but before the financial crash of 2008 and that niggling sense that there might be something worthwhile after all in all that old analysis that Marx did By contrast Wheen takes the view that Marx in Das Capital is the equivalent of Dickens as a great painter of the landscape of Victorian Britain.This makes it a fun, knockabout biography but doesn t offer much as to the whys and wherefores of the thinking that had a major influence not just in a narrow political sense but also in a wide range of sociological and cultural applications McLellan s Marx was both interesting and very much shorter.

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    Francis Wheen s aim with this book was to write a general book about Karl Marx for the intelligent reader Francis Wheen gives a clear explanation of all of Marx s works but spends as much time on the man himself, his contemporaries and his relationships I came away from this entertaining, interesting book with a good feel for his life and times the boils on his bum, the numerous creditors, his ingrained procrastination, numerous fallings out with socialist rivals, his wife, his children etc across his turbulent, chaotic but compelling life Born in the Rhineland city of Trier, Marx couldn t wait to escape this tedious backwater, to the extent that he didn t even return to attend his father s funeral Thus started a roving life until, after the unsuccessful European revolutions of 1848, and having been made unwelcome in Germany and Belgium, he pitched up in London, the last refuge of the rootless revolutionary where he lived in Dickensian poverty with bailiffs at his doorHelpfully, his friend Engels, a great cotton Lord and kind of secret agent behind enemy lines, sent him money to keep him afloat for years It was only Marx s desire to keep up bourgeoise appearances that meant he was permanent spending than he could afford including, hilariously, for a period, a preening, libidinous and incompetent private secretary, and only because he thought it appropriate for a man of his position to have one.The book is clear about Marx s many unattractive traits, however it also paints a delightful portrait of a loving, involved father and husband, and a passionate philosopher It s a balanced, compact and very readable account of one of most influential thinkers of his era.4 5

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    Francis Wheen does for Marx what Safranski did for Schopenhauer The wild years of philosophy are not over in this book It s actually brilliant, especially considering the tons of bullshit that have been said and written about Marx in recent years Sometimes you find yourself missing the good old hagiography Wheen on the other hand is not in the sanctifying business His Marx is neither a saint, nor a devil, but a genuine crazy cat bohemian philosopher.

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    Here is one view on Marx and his influence here is another Wheen concentrates on Marx the man, not the theorist, so includes plenty of details of his life along with what he was thinking, studying and writing about through the years As the author points out, there are a lot of books giving detailed critiques of Marxist theory and no need for yet another Marx himself also wrote a lot, some of which has only been published relatively recently.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 The approach is light and anecdotal, but not lacking in scholarship which some of the reviews concentrating on Marx s attacks of boils might lead one to believe He gives a rounded picture of Marx the man and Marx the thinker, and debunks a few myths along the way Marx s family and friends, collaborators and opponents also feature much strongly Marx was not a lonely philosopher scribbling the years away in garrets and the British Library, although he did spend a lot of time there 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.

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    Demonized and reviled by mythology posing as fact, the hirsute Prussian emigre has suffered badly at the hands of History Wheen reclaims Marx from the totalitarians and capitalists who used and abused him It reads like an adventure novel the prose is immaculate and very, very funny Wheen goes against the grain by showing how Marx correctly predicted the major events of the 20th Century It is pleasing to know that Marx, who understood the workings of capital than any other, was as wasteful with lucre as I The deep friendship with Engels comes across without ever having to be underlined, plus there is a great dissection of self styled hero Bakunin I doubt I ll ever read a better biography, regardless of the subject Marx deserved a book like this An absolute masterpiece.

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    We always heard that Marx was a humorless drudge, the equivalent of a computer geek, slaving away in the British Museum Reading Room Nonsense He was a merry one, or at least as merry as one could be having been born in dreary Trier, Germany.He was a dynamite speaker, especially when there was a brouhaha amongst his fellow rabble rousers, as there usually was He could round up the troops, get anything he wanted passed when he was running, say, the International Working Men s Association.And he was wonderful at insults Arnold Ruge, he said,stands in the German revolution like the notices seen at the corner of certain streets It is permitted to pass water here Rudolf Schramm A rowdy, loudmouthed and extremely confused little mannequin whose life motto came from Rameau s Nephew I would rather be an impudent windbag than nothing at all.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 He had bad liver, pains here and there, and boils so terrible that he often couldn t sit to work These carbuncles gave a colorful edge to his work When he delivered Das Kapital to his German publishing house, the manuscript had blood all over it Engels had to lacerate one of his pernicious boils, sited on hiswell, don t ask I won t tell.He and Frederick Engels were a pair They used to go pub hopping along Tottenham Court Road There were eighteen pubs, and they vowed to visit each and every one By the time they got to the last, they were drunk enough that they began to throw cobblestones at streetlights until the police came running To avoid being caught, they ducked down alleys and jumped over fences like a couple of rowdy schoolboys O these kids More reviews at www.ralphmag.org

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    Kindlasti kasulik lugemine, m istmaks 20 sajandit enim m jutanud filosoofi elu ja kujunemislugu That said, oli see veidikene kuiv ja igav lugemine minu jaoks.

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    A typically precocious and enjoyable romp from one of Grub Street s real intellectuals Hugely entertaining and readable When Wheen started the book in 1997 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.

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