Mrs Engels Very little is known about Lizzie Burns the illiterate Irishwoman who was the longtime lover of Frederick Engels co author of The Communist Manifesto In Gavin McCrea s first novel she is finally gi

  • Title: Mrs. Engels
  • Author: Gavin McCrea
  • ISBN: 9781936787296
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback
  • Very little is known about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman who was the longtime lover of Frederick Engels, co author of The Communist Manifesto In Gavin McCrea s first novel, she is finally given a voice, one that won t easily be forgotten.Lizzie is a worker in the Manchester, England, cotton mill that Frederick owns When they move to a posh townhouse in London tVery little is known about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate Irishwoman who was the longtime lover of Frederick Engels, co author of The Communist Manifesto In Gavin McCrea s first novel, she is finally given a voice, one that won t easily be forgotten.Lizzie is a worker in the Manchester, England, cotton mill that Frederick owns When they move to a posh townhouse in London to be closer to Karl Marx and his family, she must learn to navigate Victorian society We are privy to Lizzie s intimate, wry, and astute views of Marx and Engels s mission to spur revolution among the working classes, and to her ambivalence toward her newly luxurious circumstances Haunted by her first love a revolutionary Irishman , burdened by a sense of duty to right past mistakes, and torn between a desire for independence and the pragmatic need to be taken care of, Lizzie knows, as she says, that the world doesn t happen how you think it will The secret is to soften to it, and to take its blows Despite or because of their differences in nationality, class, education, and religion Lizzie and Frederick remain drawn to each other, making Mrs Engels, among other things, a complex and high spirited love story.

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    1. I generally love Victorian-set historical fiction and books about famous wives (I have a whole shelf for them), so I was surprised by how little I liked this novel about Lizzie Burns, the illiterate, working-class Irish woman who was Frederick Engel’s longtime common-law partner. With Karl Marx, Engels was one of the chief thinkers responsible for bringing the ideals of Communism from Manchester’s workers to the London intelligentsia. The novel flits between 1870–1, when Lizzie and Frederi [...]

    2. Published: 01/05/2015Author: Gavin McCreaI received this book through GoodReads FirstReads competition for free.I thought that this book was an absolutely brilliant book that was very well written. This book starts off with a warning from Lizzie Brown who is warning us about men, which gives us the perfect outline of what Lizzie Brown is like, the author has managed to capture the characters details in such a way that it very vividly paints a picture of her in the readers mind, she is extremely [...]

    3. It astounds me when an author can create such a convincing voice for a character based on a real historical figure from an entirely different era - one which pays tribute to the real person, intellectually engages with the social politics of the day and makes that voice so compelling you want to hang upon every word she says. Debut author Gavin McCrea has done that with Lizzie Burns, a working-class woman of Irish descent who moved to London in 1870 with celebrated theorist Friedrich Engels. Thi [...]

    4. The novel is a fictionalisation of the life of Lizzie Burns, helpmeet to Friedrich Engels, who along with Karl Marx developed Marxist theory and communism. For most of us, these are just names of political theorists, to be admired or despised depending on your political inclinations. But McCrae has used the skeleton facts of Lizzie’s life, (that is, as far as I can tell from ), to create an engaging distinctive voice to bring these people to life in a domestic setting and to show us the human [...]

    5. The latter part of the nineteenth century saw great changes, not just from an industrial perspective, but also in the way low paid workers viewed the direction in which their lives were heading. For Lizzie Burns, an Irish mill worker from Manchester, life is never going to be easy. When she and her sister, Mary, attract the attention of wealthy mill owner Frederick Engels, life for both women is irrevocably changed. Based on factual evidence, this fictional story of Lizzie Burns and her associat [...]

    6. At the beginning of Mrs Engels, Lizzie Brown gives a warning about men. This warning perfectly introduces the reader to the character of Lizzie. She has been wonderfully crafted by Gavin McCrea, she is sparky and witty and quite incredible.Mrs Engels is a work of fiction but is based upon Lizzie Burns. Lizzie was Irish and illiterate and also the long-time lover of Frederick Engels; a leading figure who wrote The Communist Manifesto.This is novel that took me completely by surprise. I took a gam [...]

    7. We read Mrs Engels as one of our books for our monthly book club. As a whole, the group did not seem to really enjoy it. There was a general consensus that it was very hard work to get into and many of the group gave up. The characters were written to be unlikable and seemed very contrived. They appeared as fictional characters that were flat on the page and not as actual peopleThere were some positives to the novel. McCrea’s choice to expand on the true lives of Marx and Engels was a good ide [...]

    8. Very well done. This was a real step into history, and although fiction, it felt very real of the times (as far as I imagine them). It is about real people from history, following the times of the communism theory men Karl Marx and Frederick Engels; but told from the perspective of Lizzie Burns, Engel's common-law wife. So even if you're not particularly interested in the political and social history side of things, this is good to read if only for Lizzie Burn's voice. She's a fantastic down-to- [...]

    9. Here is a story that reclaims a shadowy presence on the margins of history - Lizzie Burns, aka Mrs Engels. Gavin McCrea's book achieves the almost impossible as it effortlessly weaves into a coherent tale the turbulence of Fenianism, the birth of Marxism, the crisis of the Paris Commune, London living in the 19th Century, and Engels' industrialist background, not to mention the interwoven relationships in the home lives of both the Engels and Marx households. In a book that shouldn't work, or at [...]

    10. In his first novel, McCrea took a mini-historical detail - that Engels lived with his deceased wife's sister - and married her right before she died. With this sketchy information, he crafted a novel with thoroughly believable and entertaining touches. He brings to the reader observations about Victorian England (and Ireland's troubles) throwing in just enough political theory, domestic scenes and colorful characters to keep the pages turning. I particularly enjoyed Lizzie Burn's voice and look [...]

    11. A wonderful voice driven novel that looks at historical figures obliquely through the eyes of an outsider. I won't be forgetting the Lizzie Burns who comes to life in these pages. Blunt, but warm. Tough and tender. A working class woman who can see Engels and Marx clearly in all their contradictions and who tries to navigate a prosperous life she never expected to have while retaining her connections to the world of poverty and oppression she leaves behind.

    12. Frederick Engels, as in coauthor of The Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx, as in the thinker who provided the ideology of, political strategies and impetus for the Russian Revolution and several other minor upheavals across Europe, was the husband of the Mrs. Engels who is the title character in this book. Frederick Engels came from a solidly Capitalist (burgher) family in Germany. His family’s business manufactured sewing thread in Germany and in Manchester, England.Engels did not want to wo [...]

    13. A look at Engels, the Marx family, Fenians, Communists, and class in general, through the eyes of Lizzie Burns, illiterate former millworker and common law wife of Friedrich Engels. He thinks of her as a heroine of the proletariat, but she's not one to romanticize anyone or anything - especially herself. It felt to me like a very real slice of history, especially women's history. I truly felt like I was there. Lizzie is a hard woman, the product of a hard life, but with engaging humor and spirit [...]

    14. A wonderful book. I read this book, because of my Dad, who was an economist, but always told me (I did also study econ.) that all economics is political. He completely approved of my university's dept.'s name "Political Economy". Gavin on Mrs Engels: 'Immediately upon learning about her, I understood that Lizzie—the second lover to the second communist—was going to become my second pair of eyes onto the world of Marx and Engels.' This book is not just a well-imagined life ( pieced together f [...]

    15. Mrs. Engels is the first insight I've been given into the world of Karl Marx and socialism. Mrs. Engels, also known as Lizzie Burns, was the long-time partner of Frederick Engels, the man behind the funding of Karl Marx and his socialism movement endeavors. While it did take me a while to get into the story, I was fascinated by the real-life events of Lizzie's life used by McCrea as subject matter for the book. Contracting a sexually transmitted disease after having sex for the first time that l [...]

    16. Written from the perspective of Frederick Engels lover, this novel is a brilliantly written and an interesting look at the lesser known characters in Engels life.Although Marx and Engels may be the only names that are familiar to the reader, I know they were to me, the novel focuses instead on Lizzie Burns, an Irish immigrant living in a small house in Manchester with her sister, working in a mill and generally living the hard life that came along with being an Irish immigrant in England in the [...]

    17. I like historical novels that chose to tell the story from the point of view of a background or lesser known character and this novel is a perfect example. The narrator is Lizzie Burns, the Manchester mill worker who became Fredrick Engels common law wife immediately following the death of her sister, Mary, who had been Engels' mistress. She's a marvellous character - a strong, feisty woman struggling to accommodate herself to a life of leisure with Engels in London and maintain her independence [...]

    18. I won a copy of this through a giveaway. I wasn't expecting a great deal (which is often the best way of approaching a new book) and was happily surprised. Quality, this was. I also think books automatically earn 10,000 coolness points when they are written by Irish authors. There's a crackle and flame to the lingo and language that both warms and excites. Mrs Engels was instantly endearing. The title is an inspired choice too, though you won't know that until you reach the end.I think a bit of [...]

    19. Mrs Engels, which I understood after reading the novel did really exist, is a fantastic character - one that forces the reader to engage in a connection which proves very difficult, at least at the beginning, because of the incredible social and cultural gulf that separates her from us, and yet and yet, as you proceed through the novel, you can't help loving her, not in spite of, but because of her distance and difference from you. I was admired by McCrea's ability to create such a character, an [...]

    20. This book had me from the first. Lizzie, the central character immediately appeals and, although it is a work of fiction, Lizzie's tale brings to life Marx and Engels in a way that thoroughly humanizes them.Full of often fascinating historical detail, 19th century Manchester and London have never felt so alive.I received my copy free via giveaways

    21. Written appropriately for the time it was set, but too many obscure slang terms. I found it somewhat long-winded, and it didn't seem to go anywhere. I did enjoy the characters, however.Received from First Reads Giveaways

    22. This is only the second First Reads book I've ever won, and now I've probably ruined my chances of winning again by taking too long to read and review it. Oh, well. I also received an ARC, if that matters.Okay, I'm about to say something that will seem kind of mean, but isn't actually mean, I don't think: Mrs. Engels is like a less-fun (read: less-trashy) The Observations without the (quasi) queer baiting (still undecided about whether The Observations knew it was queer baiting) with more famous [...]

    23. MRS. ENGELS. (2015). Gavin McCrea. ****1/2.This was an impressive and talented debut novel. Its subject was, ultimately, the wife of Friedrick Engels, of Marx and Engels fame. If you are like me, you have not likely thought of the wives of these two men, pivotal in the development of a new type of government. There is an old saying, though: “Behind every great man is a great woman.” What the saying doesn’t explain, however, is how that woman might be great in her own right. Lizzie Burns wa [...]

    24. Who's got time to get married when there's a revolution to plan? Not Friedrich Engels, that's who! (Although it didn't stop Karl Marx from tying the knot with his wife Jenny, and come to that, it didn't stop Friedrich from shacking up in a long-term relationship with Irishwoman Mary Burns, and then Mary's sister Lizzie.) It's Lizzie who this novel focuses upon, Lizzie whom not much is known about. We do know she was illiterate, born to Irish parents in Manchester, and a factory worker. From that [...]

    25. Ugh this was good enough to finish, but annoying. Mostly because of two things.1) Unmarked time transitions between very similar characters, so that frequently you'd go from one paragraph to the next not realizing there was a difference of 20 or even 40 years that was represented by the paragraph break and you may be in different region with completely different characters who weren't represented in the last. This drove me up a wall.2) Lizzie was really, really poorly written. At first I thought [...]

    26. This is my Solas NUa book club read this month as the author was here in DC last fall. It is coincidentlally also the Irish Times Book read this month.Mrs. Engels is the story of Lizzie Burns and her sister Mary Burns, two factory workers of Irish background that worked in the Manchester mills of the mid-19th century. Mary catches the eye of Frederick Engels, THE Engels of Marx and whose father owns the mill. In an odd arrangement, Mary becomes Engels "common law" wife and Lizzie also lives with [...]

    27. I won this book as a giveaway on . I wish I could say I liked this book more. I usually like historical fiction. This novel by Gavin McCrea is based on real life people in a fictional setting. It is seen through the eyes of Lizzie Burns, a working class illiterate Irish woman who spent a good part of her adult life living with Frederick Engels. Engels was known for contributing to the book "Communist Manifesto" with Karl Marx, Lizzie Burns was Engels common law wife. she lived with him after her [...]

    28. I met Gavin while I was living in London in 2015 and I went to the book launch on April 30, 2015. The North American publication date isn't until Oct. 2015. It's historical fiction based on a woman named Lizzie Burns, an Irish working-class woman who lived in Manchester and worked at the factory Frederick Engels managed and studied. But the novel mainly takes place after Engels and Burns move to Primrose Hill London in the early 1870s near where Engels' comrade Karl Marx lives with his family. I [...]

    29. Lizzie Burns is a Manchester millworker, Irish by background, with no family save her hectoring elder sister, Mary. When Mary takes up with the mill owner’s son, Frederick, Lizzie is suspicious. Does Mr Engels genuinely admire the proletariat, or does he have baser instincts in mind? As she later opines (p37):Boys kept like monks by their mothers go one of two ways: they turn womanly or they turn wild. Fredrick’s rearing among the Calvins – kept behind curtains drawn tight and doors too th [...]

    30. All the positive reviews of this novel are absolutely spot-on. The characters are strong, well written and completely believable. There's enough Engel / Marx politics to set the time & place convincingly, but not so much that it becomes boring or incomprehensible to a politically-uninterested reader! It's a great read: funny, quirky, historically interesting, brutally honest and highly entertaining. For me, though (and the reason for 4* instead of 5) some of the jumping back and forth betwee [...]

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