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Max Beerbohm , Francis Hackett
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19 Aug 2004 141794336X 978-1417943364
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Kessinger Publishing Co (19 Aug 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141794336X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1417943364
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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Sir Henry Maximilian "Max" Beerbohm (London 24 August 1872 – 20 May 1956 Rapallo) was an English essayist, parodist, and caricaturist best known today for his 1911 novel Zuleika Dobson. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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THAT old bell, presage of a train, had just sounded through Oxford station; and the undergraduates who were waiting there, gay figures in tweed or flannel, moved to the margin of the platform and gazed idly up the line. Read the first page
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A captivatingly silly read. 16 Mar 2006
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This is a book which will not appeal to all tastes. Its verbosity and self-consciousness are all part of its satiric/parodistic purpose: I imagine one finds it absurd and overblown or great fun. The latter is my assessment. The edition here (Yale Nota Bene) is hugely aided by the wonderful sketches by the author, added to his own copy of the first edition. I suppose a little like Cold Comfort Farm, but mock effete as opposed to mock romantic and rustic. Light and amusing. A real pleasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Max�s incomparable masterpiece 13 Sep 2005
"Zuleika Dobson", subtitled "An Oxford Love Story" was written by Max Beerbohm in 1911. Though Beerbohm was a prolific caricaturist and essayist, it is his only novel, and in some ways represents a distillate of his highly idiosyncratic talent.

Zuleika, the dazzling offspring of a curate and a circus-rider (Beerbohm took great trouble to contrive appropriate names for all his characters) is the granddaughter of the Warden of Judas College, Oxford. On her first - and possibly only - visit to the city, during Eights Week, her beauty wreaks havoc among the undergraduates, not least the Duke of Dorset, a youth of (even in 1911) anachronistically godlike perfection. Though the novel has been variously interpreted as a satire on snobbery, the herd instinct, war & so forth, the author has said that he only ever intended it as fantasy; & it is in such a spirit that it ought to be approached.
Though a great part of the novel's charm lies in its evocation of a world now vanished - the pre-Great War Oxford of aesthetes and hearties, Max's own fascination with the demi-monde and the music hall - its great genius, and the greatest delight for the reader, lies in the author's own inimitable narrative voice. Beerbohm, as he tells us in an early aside, has been selected by the muse Clio for the purpose of relating the lovely Zuleika's story as fact, and thereafter we see him wholly (even uneasily) aware of the Olympian task that has been laid upon him, trying to reconcile the appropriate flights of Homeric eloquence with the crashing, inarticulate bathos of Edwardian undergraduate idiom, of which he unerringly manages to seek out and present, with a sort of apologetic helplessness, the worst possible examples.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A sublime novel 21 July 2005
Anyone with an appreciation of the gentle humour and satire in Evelyn Waugh's novels will thoroughly enjoy this warm and enchanting tale set in Oxford.
Zuleika, as the student population soon finds, is utterly captivating and her suitor, the Duke of Dorset, has a wonderful pomposity that Beerbohm pricks with witty cleverness. The supporting characters are just as credibly drawn, all contributing to a very amusing, thoughtful and entertaining story.
Those who would dismiss it as full of preening self-regard and snobbishness have clearly overlooked Beerbohm's subtle self-deprecation. I'm surprised the book's treacle-treading detractors haven't also pointed out two rather glaring geographical errors in the first few pages (you'll have to find them yourselves).
But, those aside, this novel is rightly a classic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderfully written satire 6 Jan 2009
An enchanting story that was both tragic and comic at the same time and exquisitely written. One cannot help feeling sorrow for the poor Duke who throws his life away in order to keep a promise to a woman that he soon realises is utterly unworthy of such a gesture but also one feels extreme irritation at his futile pride. It was one of those novels where I found myself almost pleading with the poor young man not to do it and hoping that some twist of fate would prevent him from throwing his life away for a shallow and worthless woman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars pleasure to read 3 Oct 2011
I enjoyed reading this novel. Would recommend it to anyone who likes English satyre. Elegant, delightful prose, fine depiction of Oxford of the 19th century and the life as a student of one of its colleges. The main character is the true "heroine of her times". A very clever, entertaining book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars zuleika dobson 29 July 2010
It is a lampoon on the oxford privileged students of the Edwardian era. If you think of this context it is quite funny BUT it is now dated and instead of good farce it just becomes a bit silly. It has not aged well. Beerbohm's humour has not stood the test of time.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a wonderfully satirical tale of the elite 11 Dec 2001
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Zuleika Dobson is brimming with perfectly balanced emotion, magic and satire. It is full of bizarre twists and unexpected events, providing a captivating and humorous piece of entertainment for any connoisseur of the British class system.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little gentle escapism ! 25 Sep 2010
By Carrie
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A very enjoyable read, so far !! will take in on holiday as I'm sure it will absorb me during the endless wait at airports !!
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