- Hardcover: 334 pages
- Publisher: Palala Press (Sept. 9 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1342133552
- ISBN-13: 978-1342133557
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.9 x 23.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 644 g
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A political novel, you need some background knowledge to appreciate it
February 25, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
6 people found this helpful.
This is one of Disraeli's three "political" novels. The plot is overall rather tenuous and it really helps to know about the historical, social, and economic background of the story. The novel is set in the 1840s at a time when Chartists were trying to get their petition and their "6 points" discussed in Parliament, in order to improve the condition of the working classes in England. Characters often discuss the "Condition of England Question" and those pages are mostly interesting to the specialist or the student. There is a romantic relationship between Sybil and another character, but we have to wait until the end of the book to see some development. Overall it is a book that I would recommend to anyone interested in the conditions and struggles of the working classes in Victorian England, but remember that Disraeli's ideal was a nostalgic feudalism. A much better book is probably "North and South" by Elizabeth Gaskell, where the same subject is dealt with with mastery and insight.
Interesting period piece
December 30, 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
3 people found this helpful.
I have read many Victorian novels and very much enjoyed those of Dickens, Trollope and Austen. I knew Disraeli had been a major politician and a favourite of Queen Victoria and was keen to try his writing. Compared with the other authors I've mentioned I found him very ponderous and rather didactic in style but in the case of this novel I liked the manner in which he portrayed the two classes of employer and worker, the rich and the poor. It was rather simplified but the story was reasonably gripping. His long and - to a modern reader - very dull diversions into the political struggles of his day can be skipped without in any way taking from the story.
Not very good as a literary novel
October 21, 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
Not very good as a literary novel. But a tremendous window into the historical and political views of one of England's most prominent Prime Ministers.
worth the effort
April 1, 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
4-stars more for historic than for literary value. A very descriptive study of England at the height of the industrial revolution -- the shallow life styles of the aristocracy, the miserable lives of the working poor.
Very well written book, it is a pleasure reading ...
January 7, 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
Very well written book, it is a pleasure reading it, though it is not much of a story rather than skillful usage of words.