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fascinating insight into THE WITTGENSTEIN FAMILY,
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This review is from: The House of Wittgenstein: A Family At War (Paperback)
I enjoyed this book, partly because I've read a lot about and am interested in Ludwig Wittgenstein (the philosopher), but because the family drama was of a very rich group of people centered initially in Vienna who encountered WW1, post-WW1 hyperinflation, the 1929 crash and the devastation wrought by fascism and WW2. Of course it's critical that the family was judged to be Jewish following the 1938 Anschluss (union of Austria and Germany).
I agree with another reviewer who found the story hard to follow in the early chapters, eg because there were lots of relatives, ... but as the narrative settled down and focused on Paul and Gretl, and particularly on the 1930's as WW2 approached, the story became fascinating. Paul is the leading figure in the story, and he (one handed after a WW1 injury) built a career as a pianist, philanthropist and music sponsor.
The coverage of Ludwig Wittgenstein is limited. One would hardly guess that he was putatively one of the leading philosophers of the twentieth century, and the comments made seem to support the idea of his active homosexuality and the force of his temper (eg problems when school-teaching). I had not realised that Ludwig was so influenced by Tolstoys thought about the Gospel.