Mrs Engels

Mrs Engels

A Novel

Book - 2015
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From the bathing huts of Ramsgate to the hovels of Soho, from a surreptitious life in Manchester to a notorious one on the handsome new parade that is London's Regents Park Road, we follow Lizzie and the Engels household as it struggles to match its communist principles with its hunger for the high life. At the heart of all the revolutionary tumult stands the woman who will one day become Mrs Engels, as compelling and charismatic a figure as ever walked the streets of Victorian England, or its novels. In giving her new life, Gavin McCrea earns his place in the pantheon of great debutant novelists.
Publisher: Brunswick, Victoria :, Scribe Publications,, 2015
Description: 343 pages ; 24 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781922247957
Branch Call Number: McCr


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Mar 30, 2016

A look at Frederick Engels and Karl Marx from the distaff side. Lizzie Burns never marries Engels, but remains his helpmate. Her poor Irish factory background makes her a good mate for Engels. The philosophy he preaches may support the proletariat, but it appears that that really doesn’t include helping his wife. Certainly their union is more egalitarian than others in Victorian England, but she still bears the brunt of the work around the house and he garners the praise. Although at times, I wanted the book to more quickly, the author was true to the period and created a story which showed the climate of the times as well as the relationship between Engels and Mrs. Engels.

Feb 03, 2016

In this novel, McCrea imagines the life of Lizzie Burns, a poor, illiterate cotton worker from Manchester who lived for many years with Engels. It provides a portrait of the domestic life of the Marx and Engels's families. I was sceptical at first - this is not a serious book - but the author gave Lizzie Burns a voice.

Dec 22, 2015

A fictitious autobiography by the girlfriend of Frederich Engels, around the time of one of his and Marx' most productive periods, 1870 to 1872. Tongue in cheek and cute ... especially the fish out of water syndrome. Of note is that the champions of the proletariat actually lead upper-class lifestyles. Hmm...

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