Review ¹ The Victorians

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E too are the poor and the obscure doctors ministering to cholera victims in the big cities young women working as models for the famous painters the man who got the British hooked on cigarettes the butchers and victims of conflict in Ireland India and Africa In this authoritative accessible and insightful book AN Wilson tells a great story one that is still unfinished in our own day This is a very good read is very well researched and provides a wealth of information on the Victorians and their social context It was very hard to put down despite its massive length One of the problems Wilson has though is his annoying tendency to either misread or misunderstand Marx This is due I think in large part because of his sympathy for British forms of socialism based in Robert Owens It s clear Wilson has read Marx and not just the Communist Manifesto But despite his knowledge he continually mis characterizes Marx s position conflates Marxism with Leninism or worse says that certain things Marx could never have imagined when in fact those things form a fundamental part of Marxist theory For example Wilson claims that Marx could never have imagined that the aristocracy could have died out mainl

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The Victorians

N ageThe industrial capitalist world came into being because of actual businessmen journalists and politicians We meet them in the pages of this fascinating book Their ideas were challenged by the ideas of other people such as Karl Marx William Morris and George Bernard Shaw Here are the lofty and the famous Prince Albert Lord Palmerston Charles Dickens Gladstone and Disraeli and her I decided to read this only one chapter per day so that I could really enjoy the wonderful writing and the bits that are not normally included in books about the VictoriansGlad to see my friend Dizzy came out well he was always my favourite unlike the patronizing sermonizing GladstoneNice to see the ladies of the time getting kudos tooMaryanne Evans still remains one of my favourite authors along with Oscar WildeWell worth reading and just enjoying

Summary The Victorians

AN Wilson does for the Victorians what Peter Ackroyd did for LondonPeople not abstract ideas make history and nowhere is this revealed than in this superb portrait of the Victorians in which hundreds of different lives have been pieced together to tell a story In an entertaining and often dramatic narrative AN Wilson shows us remarkable people in the very act of creating the Victoria I didn t finish this book although I did think it was decent There is some really good information in here but it was kind of slow going and I had a lot of other stuff going on My main complaint is that Wilson assumes the reader already know a lot of the figures he s talking about This would probably be the case if I was raised and went to school in England but as an ignorant US citizen I kept going Who What s that And then I would have to consult Google and it was very disruptive to the reading experience If he d just inserted little dependent clauses like John Potatohands the ueen s royal potato planter was a man of letters instead of just being like John Potatohands was a man of letters it would have helped me out a lot It was a library book that I put down a while back bu


10 thoughts on “The Victorians

  1. says:

    It's uite difficult to know how to describe this book It's non fiction it's history of course it's history but somehownot uite history as one might expect it And yet if you asked me to put my finger on why this isn't a typical histor

  2. says:

    I didn’t finish this book although I did think it was decent There is some really good information in here but it was kind of slow going and I had a lot of other stuff going on My main complaint is that Wilson assumes the reader already know a lot of the figures he’s talking about This would probably be the case if I was raised

  3. says:

    If you only ever read one book on the Victorians this is the one to read Wilson doesn't invent anything new; the categories are familiar We start with the bad old England that Victoria inherited work our way through the Chartists Peel and the Corn Laws the terrible 40s the Italian influence doubt Mesmerism Albert the Great Exhibition the Reform Bills the Crimean War Afghanistan and on and on Wilson is a wonderful storyte

  4. says:

    Where do you begin if you want to read a broad deep erudite overview of a large historical topic Usually it reuires looking to older scholarship; “big” histories are rarely attempted by academics these days Next stop is the unfairly maligned genre of “popular” history which relies on the synthesis of sec

  5. says:

    This is very clearly a book the author had inside him for a long timeIt’s everything AN Wilson knows about the Victorian era’s literature politics arts and historical events and the main actors in each of those fields with a strong overlay

  6. says:

    I decided to read this only one chapter per day so that I could really enjoy the wonderful writing and the bits that are not normally included in books about the VictoriansGlad to see my friend Dizzy came out well he was always my

  7. says:

    A fascinating period of history I like most of Wilson's work and this did not disappoint

  8. says:

    This is a very good read is very well researched and provides a wealth of information on the Victorians and their social context It was very hard to put down despite its massive length One of the problems Wilson has thoug

  9. says:

    I would of rated this higher but the last third of the book was a chore to finish It was like Wilson lost his focus which admittedly is difficult given the broad subject and started speculating with various what ifs In a history book a little bit of that can go a long way In addition the subject matter is so broad the Victorians that Wilson was obligated to cover areas I could care less about As long as he was dealing wi

  10. says:

    Hmmmmfor the best book about the Victorians I've read it's not the first I'd recommend or the highest I've rated I

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