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Disraeli: A Picture of the Victorian Age by André Maurois
Open Preview See a Marois Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. A vivid, fascinating biography of the former British prime minister and Victorian England, written by the celebrated French author. Paperbackpages. Published June 1st by Simon Publications first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Disraeliplease sign up. Lists with This Book.
Jun 24, Lee Ann rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a fascinating read. It’s a novelistic biography. No one volume could really do Disraeli justice. AM gives a vivid sense of Dizzy’s romantic nature, idealistic mind and practical intelligence. I hated the lack of mauroid in the text. This made it difficult disreali get a real sense of Dizzy’s development.
I also kept losing track of where we were in time.
Disraeli: A Picture of the Victorian Age
AM tracks his subject more through his developing principles than through chronology. AM shows Dizzy’s political success and the ideals behind This was a fascinating read. AM shows Mautois political success and the xisraeli behind it but doesn’t give any practical insight into the hows and whys of his political era. The book needed a little more inside baseball on Victorian politics. AM’s portrait of Mary Ann was delightful. I would have liked more of it. A Picture of the Victorian Age. This is an excellent biography of Benjamin Disraeli written for the average reader.
Maurois was a prolific French writer — primarily of biographies, and published over two dozen books during his lifetime. At the time, he was in the military and members of the military could not publish books under their own names. Among his books were biographies of Balzac, Shelly, Byron, and Hugo.
All were best sellers during his life. In this biography, he manages to accurately place Disraeli within the context of the Victorian Era and the politics that existed at the time. He was a descendent of Venetian Jews, but was converted to the English church when he was a teenager. Disraeli started out with a law career, but gave it up because it was boring.
He eventually ended up in Parliament and slowly worked disrasli way up to the top as Prime Minister. He made cisraeli and enemies along the way. You will meet them all in this book: You will also meet Queen Victoria, who at first disliked Disraeli but later came to appreciate his knowledge and honesty.
The book presents a true picture of the Victorian Age in a manner that you will not likely enounter in any other book. Nov 09, hope mohammed rated it liked it. Jun 06, Bruce rated it liked it Shelves: The French author Andre Maurois published this biography of the English statesman Benjamin Disraeli in the late ‘s.
Its strength and its weakness are the author’s artistic license, which give the book the feel of a novel at times, rather than a dry collection of dates and facts.
For example, the author will frequently refer to a phrase or a thought that Disraeli had at a given moment, as if it were as cut and dried in a calendar as the date for the beginning of an election or a war. That keeps the book from being boring. But for someone who came into it with virtually no idea mauroix who Disraeli was, it sometimes left me wanting more definition, more depth on political policies.
Instead, we get a lot of personality and feelings and the shape of his relationship with colleagues and rivals.
There is very little in the way of dates, legislation passed, political philosophy I can only tell you that truth I am wearied to extinction and profoundly unhappy I do not think there is realy any person much unhappier than I am, and not fantastically so. Fortune, fashion, fame, even power, may incr “In particular he shared with the Oriental that double sentiment of a desire for the good things of this world and a perception of their hollow emptiness” The transition from “Forti nihil difficle” to “never explain, never complain” “Perhaps and probably I ought to be pleased.
Fortune, fashion, fame, even power, may increase and do heighten happiness, but they cannot create it. Happiness disrraeli only spring from the affections. I am alone, with nothing to sustain me, but, occasionally, a little sympathy on paper and that grudgingly.
It is a terrible lot, almost intolerable. Jun 11, Chuck Disraelii rated it really liked it. I was curious to read about this man I’d heard of, but knew nothing. Disrasli gives an excellent view of politics in all its hurly-burly but focuses more on the man Disraeli rather than on the politics in which the man was such an accomplished participant. This is a very sympathetic biography, well-written and insightful. This book has to be read in the understanding that it was written in the Twenties – the style is not at all what one would expect from a modern book.
However, it’s a good read and a good introduction to Disraeli.
disraelii The contradictions in his character and behaviour come across, and it feels very much as a portrait of a human being. Mar 21, Nick rated it liked it Shelves: Disraeli and Gladstone have long been fixed in mind as iconographic rivals of British politics during the reign disrxeli Queen Victoria, but this brief, impressionistic biography by Andre Maurois gave me some sense of both men’s characters.
It is not long on chronology or specific facts, but it does portray Disraeli very sympathetically and as a human being rather than just a political figure.
Although not as comprehensive as one would expect from the life of an important British politician, one does get to dirsaeli some about his personality and the trials this man overcame to succeed in a very hostile environment. Nicely written, though somewhat romantic, but that is par for biographies dating to the ‘s. Worth a read, mainly as an introduction to Disraeli. I read it in or and remember thinking what a strange name for a British Mxurois Minister!
It was very good and one of may favorites of the series.
I didn’t expect to be inspired But it was a good read. Jan 08, Jorge Romero rated it it was amazing. Me hizo reflexionar acerca de la vida, bastantes emociones May 07, Jackson Cyril rated it really liked it Shelves: A nice, romantic bio of Disraeli. But why the antagonism towards Gladstone?
This book is a true testament of what can be accomplished in spite of extraordinary odds. A history of Victorian England and of Disraeli’s life. I found this book interesting but it has been years it would deserve a reread to be fair to it. Sep 21, Josiah rated it it was amazing. Great book, deplorable man. Despite being a translation, the book is engaging, with just enough wit and bon mots to make reading it a pleasure.
Dec 11, Kevin rated it it was amazing. The book is titled: Maurois was in the French military when he wrote his first book and the military was banned from publishing.
More specifically, this is the book upon which I based my decision to begin purchasing the series. I originally read this book in my young teenage years.
At any rate, it was a fantastic look at another time Victorian Age and political system British Parliament which combined political maneuvers with a true romantic background story and it captivated me.
After his wife Mary Anne dies from old age and cancerDisraeli begins going through their effects in preparation for moving out of her ancestral home which must be passed on to its inheritor: He found hundreds of them. I do enjoy re-reading some books — novels in particular. I assume it is because they engage me without trying to teach me.
When Mary Anne died from cancer, I briefly convinced myself that I must have read a different book when I was young and I had purchased the series based on a complete mistake!
Not that it would have mattered so much, but it seemed an irony that I was looking forward to meeting my old friend, only to find out I would be meeting a distant relative a book about the same topic, but by a different author.
So I got a chuckle to myself when I found it was the correct book.