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Karl Marx, whose influence on modern times has been compared to that of Jesus Christ, spent most of his lifetime in obscurity. Penniless, exiled in London, estranged from relations and on the run from most of the police forces of Europe, his ambitions as a revolutionary were frequently thwarted and his major writings on politics and economics remained unpublished in some cases until after the Second Francid War.

francid He has not lacked biographers, but even the most distinguished have been more interested in the evolution of his ideas than any other aspect of his life.

Francis Wheen’s fresh, lively and moving biography of Marx considers the whole man–brain, beard and the rest of his body. Franciis by ideological point-scoring, this is a very readable, humorous and wbeen account.

A Guardian columnist, Wheen has an ear for juicy gossip and an eye for original detail. Marx comes over as a hell-raising bohemian, an intellectual bully and a perceptive critic of capitalist chaos, but also a family man of Victorian conformity personally vetting his daughters’ suitors, Victorian ailments carbuncles above all and Victorian weaknesses, notably alcohol, tobacco and, on occasion, his housekeeper.

But there is great pathos, too, as Marx witnessed the deaths of four of his six children. For those readers who feel Marxism has given Marx a bad name, this is a rewarding and enlightening book. The result is more less unmitigated delight.

It is a boldly unfashionable book, but a delightful wgeen. Wheen’s Karl is a warm, rumbustious, impulsive, irresponsible, bumbling giant with a big heart and a vast ego.

A major biography of the man who, more than any other, made the twentieth century. Written by an author of great repute. The history of the 20th century is Marx’s legacy. Not since Jesus Christ has an obscure pauper inspired such global devotion – or been so calamitously misinterpreted. The end of the century is a good moment to strip away the mythology and try to rediscover Marx the man.

There have been many thousands of wheeen on Mafx, but almost all are written by academics and zealots for whom it is a near blaspemy to treat him as a figure of flesh and blood. In the past few years there have been excellent and successful biographies of many eminent Victorians and yet the most influential of them has remained untouched. 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 who loved drink, cigars and jokes.


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Please try again later. I came away from this entertaining, interesting book with a good feel for his life and times: Thus started a roving life until, after the unsuccessful European revolutions ofand having been made unwelcome in Germany and Belgium, he pitched up in London, the last refuge farncis the rootless revolutionary where he lived in Dickensian poverty with bailiffs at his door Helpfully, 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 more 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.

It’s a balanced, compact and very readable account of one of most influential thinkers of his era. This is one of the best biographies I have read by far. A little under pages, this brilliant book by Francis Wheen provides a vivid portrait of one of the kkarl important thinkers of the 19th century.

It manages to go into great detail, without becoming tedious, and explains his economic and philosophical theories very well indeed. Marx’s life, as this book shows, contained elements of both tragedy and farce.

At one point, Wheen has the reader sympathizing with Marx’s family and their often dire financial conditions; at another we are entertained by Marx’s fantastic gift for satire and polemic, which is often highly amusing. Wheen does not shrink from from criticism of Marx. He points out his hypocrisy, his spitefulness, his total intolerance of differing opinions, and so on. However, he also notes Marx’s apparent deep and genuine desire to fight for justice, and his love for his daughters.

This was a man with a very complex character, and this book avoids the mistake of presenting a one-sided view of him of which Paul Johnson is guilty. Overall I think this is one of the most accessible biographies of Marx out there, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good a good introduction to his life and works.


It’s remarkable that Francis Wheen manages to fit so much into pages of biography. As well as a good account of Marx’s life, there’s explanation of his thoughts and theories in the context of the times, history, gossip, and plenty of anecdote about his personal life. Wheen achieves this by taking a chatty, fast-paced approach to the biography. Chapters are split into long-ish periods and move fluently between personal life, writing, and the broader historical context.

Wheen is obviously attracted to Marx as a philosopher and as a character, and he could be criticised for being overly sympathetic at times, but overall I came to feel similarly forgiving, and quite charmed by Marx. The book bursts with funny asides, anecdotes, and sharp observations about Marx and his associates.

The monolith of Marx himself, as well as his family, becomes much more human under that sort of light. I would recommend this to anyone with an interest in Marx, and I don’t think you’d need much background knowledge to tackle it.

Karl Marx by Francis Wheen

It’s also fascinating if you’re more broadly interested in European politics and history of the mid nineteenth century. There are many more thorough books on Marx, but few as enjoyable, and this is a great introduction to his life and times. This book was a pleasure to read and I would find myself wanting to read it all the time. It is indeed a biography and does not go into to much of the exact theories of his ideas but, you really get a feel for the person that is often labled as evil.

This book really gives a fair portrail of Karl Marx, his family and friends. The reason I have given this book a 4 start rating is that, it was writen in such beautiful english that I felt the need to grab a dictionary all the time.

This does not make the book unreadable by any means, but can leave you confussed by its fancy words. All in a very wonderful read and I feel that I have a more balanced view of Karl Marx. A very interesting insight into Karl Marx together with his relationship with Engels. Lots of personal information and graphic detail of the times Marx lived in. Well worth a read for anyone who wants to understand what drove Marx in his political direction and what toll it had on his life.

This book should be a must for all politics students! Until you know the man and the context in which he lived, you can’t really grasp his concepts, which,min any case, have been added to and distorted, over the years!

The author has clearly a sympathy for The author has clearly a sympathy for his subject, without losing sight of what makes a man: A strict marxist may frown about all the talk about Marx’s carbuncles, but I personally felt really touch by the life of this man. A great insight into a man who should have been given way more attention than people give credit for. A genius of his time, had great ideas about how society should be run.

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