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3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly saggy souffle, 2 Jan. 2000
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This review is from: Karl Marx (Hardcover)
Francis Wheen writes with great flair and humour, but Marx ultimately defeats him. When Wheen is happiest he is guying his subject. The Marx who emerges from the book is thin-skinned, self-pitying, devious and hypochondriacal. Meat and drink to the satirist. Unfortunately for Wheen Marx also one of the great political and historical thinkers of his and our time. Wheen is essentially a sketch writer. He communicates well his enjoyment of Marx's vigorous and combative prose style. But Wheen can't cope with the greatness of Marx's ideas, and Marx the great man eludes him. Subject and author are mismatched. Wheen is a beater of souffles, and Marx needs attention from a head chef.
The book is sloppily edited, too. One passage appears twice. Large sections of it appear to have been revised hastily, or not to have been revised at all.
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Initial post: 11 Aug 2009 23:57:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 11 Aug 2009 23:58:43 BDT
Hud955i says:
I agree with you about Wheen's treatment of Marx: he is a lightweight and isn't up to seriously examinining the ideas, but I also think you are a being a little unfair. This is not an intellectual biography and doesn't pretend to be one. I think there is room for this kind of writing. Not everyone wants to read an academic tome like McLellan's, for example, superb though it is. This book has attracted a wide readership and has done a great deal to clear away a lot of mistaken ideas about Marx (though, granted it preserves a few others as well). All in all, though, that must be to the good. I think Wheen needs to be congratulated for that.

I enjoyed it, even though it did irritate me too, at times.
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