An Unsocial Socialist [with Biographical Introduction]

An Unsocial Socialist [with Biographical Introduction]

An Unsocial Socialist with Biographical Introduction An Unsocial Socialist with Biographical Introduction

  • Title: An Unsocial Socialist [with Biographical Introduction]
  • Author: George Bernard Shaw
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  • Page: 446
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • An Unsocial Socialist with Biographical Introduction

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    George Bernard Shaw was a master of the satire, and he used his pen as a knife to cut through the bejeweled ribbons of a class structure that he found to be both unsustainable and at the pinnacle of it's success. In this work, he elucidates the concepts of socialism far better than any of the actual proponents of the philosophy did, and yet also showed the relative difficulties in ridding society of the evils of rampant capitalism. I find it striking, that a hundred years after this story was wr [...]

    It was back in the days, when I had a compulsion for buying books, that I found myself in the back alleys of the famous M.G. Road in Bangalore. I was wandering without purpose when I found myself in front of a second-hand-book-store. I was in love with graphic novels then, having discovered Moore recently, but my browsing through the shop resulted in this book. I made a mental note to come back to the shop again when I needed books but, as happens with most notes, it got lost and I never went ba [...]

    Sidney Trefusis, son and heir to a cotton merchant, despises the world of class and privilege he was born into and takes up the socialist cause. Deserting his wife of six weeks, he poses as a laborer and-once rumbled in that guise-as a gentleman agitator for the socialist cause. But chief among his people to reform and convert are the society women in his circle who are simply expected to be unthinking adornments to their husbands who offer "Class" and "Good breeding" to atone for the vapid life [...]

    An old-fashioned read, I'm afraid.What starts as a light-hearted description of events at a school for girls, finishes as an embarrassingly boring romance, with some pages on socialism thrown in between.Witty remarks ('a polite lady who refrained from staring but not from observing') were too scarce to save the book.

    Oh my, did I suffer through this book. I can recognize some merit in its satire, it's funny more than a few times. But one third in it just goes radically downhill and the main character is absolutely insuperable, as I guess he's supposed to be, but c'mon. All the other characters are equally dull and annoying. It started of very promising, I believe, but there's just not much to love in it at all.

    Livro bem interessante na segunda parte. Um ensaio socialista no meio do século XIX em Inglaterra; uma pequena visão distópica e satírica do autor. A personagem Trefusis consegue salvar o enredo e a alma do socialismo.

    Oh, my sweet Fabian Jesus, was Shaw ever unbearable when he wrote this! It is from his early(ish) years (1884), I grant him, and in his preface he draws a line between himself as young novel writer and the older playwright and man of political experience. I try not to confuse authors with characters, especially whey they are attempting a vaguely humourous novel. Trefusis may well be something of a caricature. Still, the heavily expository nature of this novel seems to indicate that in the main t [...]

    I was looking for a light-comic novel with moral, socialist overtones to see whether the late nineteenth/early-twentieth century socialist novel could be written in a lighter way, i.e. more P.G Wodehouse than Maxim Gorky. Sadly, this novel was a let down. There were some interesting and key points about socialism and workers rights, but it was too long and the point of the story seemed too diffuse and lost: sometimes it was unclear whether the socialist was to be applauded or ridiculed. Shaw was [...]

    It is very rarely that one comes upon a book in which its main character is so unsympathetic. It is often we encounter books with flawed main characters but somehow the author manipulates the reader into liking them and before we know it, we are rooting for the anti-hero or we are justifying their faults and bad decision making. This is not the case in An Unsocial socialist. I found it very difficult to follow this story because it had very little interest for me. Trefusis is not a likeable char [...]

    Having only read Bernard Shaw's plays, I wasn't sure if this novel would be too heavy. Not at all - it pranced along in a jolly way which seems much at variance with the subject! One of those stories which I think will keep coming back to me and keep me thinking. The Socialist sentiments seem a little outdated now, but are in interesting glimpse into the late Victorian movement. A good introduction to much heavier works.

    Shaw's main character certainly is unsocial. He says very pertinent things about the unfairness of the social order. He says reasonable things about the unimportance of romance. But he seems over all to say that emotions are unnecessary, art is a fraud, reason is the only thing that counts and humanity is hopeless. Read the first 2/3 of the book to get some great quotes about socialism, then feel free to go about your way elsewhere.

    A bit old fashioned type of writing and social satire, but a gentle presentation of the origins and the ideas of the socialist movement, especially of the shocking social segregation "by income"I liked it. Easy and quick read. I want to read more of G.B.Shaw, as I think that a lot of what he writes still resonates today.

    Schoolgirl hijinks in late 19th century England, linked via some love interest, to a bit of activism for socialism. The politics of a bygone era are now not much of a distraction from a good story, in the way they may have been at the time of its first publication.

    This is a story that was amazing for its time. It's too English for my personal fiction tastes, but I do see how it would be considered excellently produced literature. Thematically, the female characters are really quite special for the period.

    You don't have to love the main character to love the book!! This is a great story with twisting plot and sharp, clever prose. Typical GBS!

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