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by Max Beerbohm

  • ISBN: 1846379555
  • Category: Classics
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Max Beerbohm
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Echo Library (October 15, 2000)
  • Pages: 148
  • ePub book: 1265 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1466 kb
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  • Rating: 4.3
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Produced by Judy Boss. or, AN OXFORD LOVE STORY. I was in Italy when this book was first published.

Produced by Judy Boss. A year later (1912) I visited London, and I found that most of my friends and acquaintances spoke to me of Zu-like-a-a name which I hardly recognised and thoroughly disapproved. I had always thought of the lady as Zu-leek-a. Surely it was thus that Joseph thought of his Wife, and Selim of his Bride?

Like Zuleika herself, this young Duke was in love for the first time

Rapt, she studied every lineament ofthe pale and perfect face-the brow from which bronze-coloured hair rosein tiers of burnished ripples; the large steel-coloured eyes, with theircarven lids; the carven nose, and the plastic lips. She noted how longand slim were his fingers, and how slender his wrists. Like Zuleika herself, this young Duke was in love for the first time. Wooed though he had been by almost as many maidens as she by youths, hisheart, like hers, had remained cold. But he had never felt, as shehad, the desire to love.

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Zuleika Dobson, full title Zuleika Dobson, or, an Oxford love story, is the only novel by Max Beerbohm, a satire of undergraduate life at Oxford published in 1911

Zuleika Dobson, full title Zuleika Dobson, or, an Oxford love story, is the only novel by Max Beerbohm, a satire of undergraduate life at Oxford published in 1911. It includes the famous line "Death cancels all engagements" and presents a corrosive view of Edwardian Oxford.

Put all Oxford onits guard against this woman who can love no lover. Other author's books: The Happy Hypocrite: A Fairy Tale for Tired Men. Zuleika Dobson Or, An Oxford Love Story. Let all Oxfordknow that I, Dorset, who had so much reason to love life-I, thenonpareil-am going to die for the love I bear this woman. And let noman think I go unwilling.

And now Oxford was astir with footsteps and laughter-the laughter andquick footsteps of youths released from . Oxford is a plexus ofanomalies

And now Oxford was astir with footsteps and laughter-the laughter andquick footsteps of youths released from lecture-rooms. The Duke shiftedfrom the window. Oxford is a plexus ofanomalies. These two youths were (odd as it may seem to you) subject tothe same Statutes, affiliated to the same College, reading for the sameSchool; aye! and though the one had inherited half a score of noble andcastellated roofs, whose mere repairs cost him annually thousands andthousands of pounds, and the other's people had but one little meansquare of lead, from which the. fireworks of the Crystal Palace wereclearly visible every Thursday evening, in Oxford one roof shelteredboth of them.

Death cancels all engagements," in this morbidly funny satire of undergraduate life at Oxford

Death cancels all engagements," in this morbidly funny satire of undergraduate life at Oxford. When a beautiful magician swears she can love no man susceptible to her charms she sets off a dangerous taste for suicide among the college boys. Normally, when I start reading a book, I finish reading it, too. I tried getting through this one, but I had to give up midway. While the writing is brilliant in parts, it's tedious, mostly.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Zuleika Dobson, by Max Beerbohm Produced by Judy Boss.

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Zuleika Dobson, by Max Beerbohm. This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at ww. utenberg. Title: Zuleika Dobson or, An Oxford Love Story. Author: Max Beerbohm. Posting Date: November 25, 2008 Release Date: August, 1999. Produced by Judy Boss.

There have been arguments over the polarity of Max Beerbohm's sexuality; I have to say, this would seem an unusual novel to write if you didn't have at least some interest in women, although certainly Zuleika Dobson represents a rather nervous and overawed (if very funny) view of them. Then again, perhaps he was gay as a window and the whole mass suicide thing is meant to be a satire on heterosexual relationships. The book is a very different kind Beerbohm's only novel is a satire of university life at Oxford in the very early twentieth century.

Zuleika Dobson, Or, an Oxford Love Story (Dodo Press)

Zuleika Dobson, Or, an Oxford Love Story (Dodo Press)

That old bell, presage of a train, had just sounded through Oxford station; and the undergraduates who were waiting there, gay figures in tweed or flannel, moved to the margin of the platform and gazed idly up the line. Young and careless, in the glow of the afternoon sunshine, they struck a sharp note of incongruity with the worn boards they stood on, with the fading signals and grey eternal walls of that antique station, which, familiar to them and insignificant, does yet whisper to the tourist the last enchantments of the Middle Age.

Comments

Narder Narder
I enjoyed this older book, especially because I read it as we were touring Oxford and England. The story is set within Oxford University during the early years of the 20th century. Our narrator, never named, has been given the gift of seeing into the thoughts and emotions of all of the characters in the tale, which is presented as a 'truthful recounting' of that 'infamous event', wherein Miss Zuleika (pronounced "Zu-leek-ah" by the author) Dobson came to visit Oxford. There is much here that pokes fun at academes, ivory towers, and College life, but also there is a gentle prodding for us to examine how we view ourselves and how we interact with those around us, as well as a nod to the excesses of youth, and the youthful idea that no-one has ever felt this way before, and that no-one can possibly understand what it is like to be me. Be patient with this book; the set-up and explanations come slowly. But for a gentle, entertaining look at youth, vocation, self-confidence/ego, and the vagaries of academia, all set in an Oxonian context (and using an appropriately excellent, though complex, writing style and vocabulary to match), read the fictional 're-telling' of the story of Zuleika Dobson.
Sharpbinder Sharpbinder
This is a classic. But, for many of today's readers who were born after the demise of the phonograph, they may find the eccentricity and cliches of this book both awkward and disingenuous.

We have always heard the expression "I would die to be with that `woman.'" This book parlays that statement into a novel as one, then some, then almost all, of the male students of the elite institution of Oxford take this cliched saying to a literal demise.

Satire abounds. At one time the Duke decides to renege on his promise to die for the title character (because she will not marry him), and she audaciously responds that he is a coward and not a man of his word. He is then stuck with the greatest of all decisions: live and be found not to be a man of his word about suicide, or die and be a man of his word.

The dialogue is tightly written. Curt and very different from our 21st century patois, the reading is both fun and sometimes difficult. It is more Shakespearean than not. You can see that this author read, and probably reread, that 16th century author as did most men of his educational and geographical background.

Humor is even directed to the author. At one time the Duke notices that Zuleika may not be well read, but she is well spoken. This amazes him - it adds to her attraction. She explains that she became well spoken as she once sat next to a bright young man named Beerbohm - who apparently in one night made her able to delight even the Oxford-educated man with her repertoire.

If you think discussion about suicide for a woman (whom you have only met within a day) is a boring or ridiculous subject, you may want to stay away from this weird story. If you wish to have some inner visions of the pre-WW I British elite males of Oxford, this book offers you plenty. If you just like reading good prose, this book is much more than adequate.
Reggy Reggy
This book is a classic, and for good reason. The humor is as fresh today as it was when the book first came out, and the illustrations in this addition are icing on the cake. However, those in search of an aggressive, modern-style book might be disappointed, and may miss grasping the often subtle humor. I am not particularly modern, and so I loved the thing. Reading the part where the Duke discourses about his genealogy and wealth is worth the price of the book by itself. The travel plans mentioned on the last page made me laugh out loud.
Binthars Binthars
I enjoyed the elaborate cleverness and social satire of the novel, but found the execution of its core theme to be somewhat tedious. Anyone who prefers realistic characters and situations will be disappointed. The text creates its sensations largely through extended caricature and fantasy--to usually good effect. The writing style is relatively ornate and allusive. My favorite sections were the passages that captured the author's affection for (a now) vanished Oxford.
Nten Nten
I prefer his essays but Beerbohm's prose always pleases. The advantage of this edition: copyediting. Other editions have the unintentional humor afforded by unedited OCR.
Stan Stan
Highly unlikely but readable. A bit turgid I think. Pretty good character development though. Always want to finish something I start.
Hudora Hudora
A brilliant novel about English mores, academia, the herd mentality of the upper class, and the world of as seen through Max Beerbohm, comically incisive.
What do I even say? It's a very humorous book, well written, and very odd. Definitely give it a try if you're in the mood for some literary, over the top, Edwardian satire.