Benjamin Disraeli () tried to tackle the Condition of England In his Young England novels, Coningsby (), Sybil () and. Disraeli intended Sybil as more than reportage, and the Condition-of-England debate in the novel has a clear political goal. Disraeli argues that. Buy Sybil, or the Two Nations by Benjamin Disraeli, Fiction, Classics by Benjamin Disraeli from Amazon’s Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge.
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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want sybio Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Dixraeli and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Sybil, or the Two Nations by Benjamin Disraeli. The benjakin reader whose attention has not been specially drawn to the subject which these volumes aim to illustrate, the Condition of the People, might suspect that the Writer had been tempted to some exaggeration in the scenes which he has drawn and the impressions which he has wished to convey.
He thinks it therefore due to himself to state that disraell believes there is not a trait in this work for which he has not the authority of his own observation, or the authentic evidence which has been received by Royal Commissions and Parliamentary Committees. But while he hopes he has alleged nothing which is not true, he has found the absolute necessity of suppressing much that is genuine. For so little do we know of the state of our own country that the air of improbability that the whole truth would inevitably throw over these pages, might deter many from their perusal.
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Be the first to ask a question about Sybil, or the Two Nations. Lists with This Book. Feb 20, Bob rated it really liked it. One of Disraeli’s oft-commented upon “qualifications” for office was his ability to flatter Queen Victoria – the rapturous description in here of the Virgin Queen’s ascent to the throne amidst tweeting birds is pretty amusing.
As literature, Disraeli’s novels benjamib been challenged by the test of time – huge undigested chunks of his theories of history alternate with the plot, improbable characters come up syhil to explain things in long monologues – but also well-written and funny enough of the time.
The Two Nations of the title are the rich and the poor – Sybil herself is one of those impossibly virtuous and graceful Victorian novel heroines. So the happy ending, such as it is, more reaffirms the existing social order than anything else. This contradiction is, I believe, characteristic of Disraeli’s slightly muddled set of beliefs at the time he wrote it and he himself was making disrasli way in politics.
We must prepare for the coming hour. The closing paragraph written by Disraeli nearly years ago about the People or the plight of the working classes is still so relevant to todays society! The book was still a bit of a slog, but the last third was fab. If you don’t like politics or satires, this is not the book for you. While I bennjamin not very political myself, I like satires very much.
This one uses a variation of Romeo and Juliet as a framework: Charles Egremont, newly-elected aristocratic Member of Parliament, meets and falls in love with the beautiful poor Chartist Sybil Gerard. Disraeli used little subtlety in making his point of England being “Two nations; between whom benjwmin is no intercourse and no sympathy; The book covers the conditions of farming labourers, mill workers, miners and metalworkers – each suffers in a different way but all suffering.
Julian’s belief that all that is necessary for the visraeli to secure a Member’s vote on some particular issue is to have “asked some of them to dinner, or given a ball or two to their wives and daughters! Losing a vote at such a critical time, when if Bennamin had had only a remote idea of what was passing through his mind, I would have even asked him to Barrowley for a couple of days.
View all 4 comments. Rather well done historical fiction, blending actual events like Chartist riots and Parliamentary intrigues beniamin social commentary about the aristocracy versus the working class, with nicely-done satirical sketches of fictional asshole aristocrats. Where I would benjain Disraeli although no more than a lot of other writers of his era is on the romance.
The heroine, Sybil, is perfect dizraeli every way; the heart of an angel, a seraphic singer, beautiful, plus like many a Victorian heroine though she i Rather well done historical fiction, blending actual events like Chartist riots and Parliamentary intrigues with social commentary about the aristocracy versus the working class, with nicely-done satirical sketches of fictional asshole aristocrats. The heroine, Sybil, is perfect in every way; the heart of an angel, a seraphic singer, disrawli, plus like many a Victorian heroine though she is young and relatively uneducated she speaks with the wisdom and vocabulary of a year-old Oxford don.
She is so perfect that her father acknowledges she will most likely have to enter the cloister permanently, because no man is good enough for her. Sep 24, Peter rated it it was ok. Benjamin Disraeli was a politician. He had Queen Victoria’s approval, or perhaps, more accurately, Victoria really disliked Gladstone.
In any case, one can either enjoy or disapprove of his politics, but it is difficult to warm up to his abilities as a novelist. Sybil is first and foremost a political novel; it does offer character, and the fundamentals of a sybol, but when you sift out the thin literary bits, you are left with large chunks bbenjamin politics.
It is interesting to see how Disraeli portra Benjamin Disraeli was a politician. It is interesting to see how Disraeli portrays the two nations of the workers and the landed gentry, and one can learn from his discussion. There were indeed those of the upper class who were sympathetic to the concerns of the lower classes, and it is very true that the Industrial Revolution was a social revolution, but Disraeli’s novel was very disjointed.
Far too often political arguments and comments interfered with the telling and development of a good narrative.
Structureally, we have the rich represented by Charles Egremont, who is the second son, and thus has more freedom to cast his eyes around society and question its structure. For the poor we have Sybil, a beautiful, angelic young woman whose father is Walter Gerard a leader of the poor who are trying to gain more recognition for their plight in society.
Naturally, after several plot-like twists they benjzmin in love, Egremont saves Sybil and all this is wrapped up with obvious political overtones from the author. This novel does perhaps offer some insight on the social upheaval occurring in the 19C but too many shades of party politics tend to dominate the novel. There are other writers of the industrial novel such as Dickens and Gaskell. For fiction read them. Disraeli definitely had an agenda with this book. The difficulty with henjamin is the following: To encapsulate this in around pages is extremely difficult to do.
He thus has to compromise either his beliefs or the believability of his inventions. That being said I did enjoy this book. Though I think Sybil is a hypocrite and Egremont should have quit being such a weenie, I appreciate what Disraeli attempted to do in writing this novel.
Disrarli Marney is so deliciously evil I just want to cackle along with him: Oct 25, Simon rated it really liked it. Taken for what it isn’t; for example it isn’t a sympathetic account of Chartism; Sybil is not a great book. It tries to champion the idea that if the working classes could only acknowledge their inferiority to the aristocracy then the aristocracy might then reward this act of deference by looking after the great unwashed a little better.
Sybil, or the Two Nations
This alliance presumably would be “one nation politics”. Good luck Ed Milliband! Taken as a fascinating insight into a developing political mind, or a critique o Taken for what it isn’t; for example it isn’t a sympathetic account of Chartism; Sybil is not a great book. Taken as a fascinating insight into a developing political mind, or a critique of The Corn Laws, The Poor Law, The New Poor Law Ammendment, a revealing of the living conditions of the industrial and rural poor, the fear of revolution in mid 19th century Britain, the pointing out of some of the reasons why Chartism failed at the timeas a collection of characters, some of whom work very well indeed we have early spin doctors in here as well as the unique novel writing of a major statesman, it is a work that deserves to be widely read.
Mr Disraeli will be heard. Feb 13, Peter Ellwood rated it it was ok.
His prose occasionally borders on the insane. But imagine a piece of writing which includes: The characterisation is shallow in some ways, but revealing in others. But by the end he still comes down at the savage end of syil spectrum rather than the noble.
The plot is rubbish too. I could go on.
Benjamin Disraeli’s “Sybil,” or How to Reconnect the Two Nations
For that reason I would give it two and a half stars if such a rating existed, to lift it above the dross I tend to give two stars to. Not for one second do you doubt that he reckons he can do this writing thing, and strangely, it aybil him along. Apparently, Disraeli read little fiction himself.
This is evident from the appallingly bad plotting and derivative characterization herein.
Disraeli awkwardly attempts to mix political treatise Marx before Marx, as he has a go in favour of THe PEOPLE and Labour against Capitalism [capitals as used with vapid portentiousness in the novel], excoriating the growing disparity between rich and poor with romance.
It doesn’t work, for several reasons.
One is that there isn’t much logical overlap betw Apparently, Disraeli read little fiction himself. One is that there isn’t much logical overlap between the plots such as they are. Bwnjamin is that it’s difficult to make a plausible case for the inherent merit of the working class when the apparent symbolic representative thereof is in fact an aristoctrat who has been robbed of her due–a tired play on the fair unknown, hamhandedly handled.
Furthermore, bejjamin doesn’t even appear until about twenty percent of the way through the book and then has virtually nothing to do for the rest of it except love her father and be the object of an aristocrat’s love.
He ends up rescuing her from a mob of rioting strikers. So much for the working class.
Benjamin Disraeli and the Two Nation Divide
Disraeli seems to want to sympathize with the working class but without the ability to really get beyond the stereotypes of either the salt of the earth English peasant duly cared for by paternalistic landowners or the rowdy, violent mob made so by greedy and parasitic landowners.
The characters are at best flat. The action is poorly constructed. Disraeli will, for example, end a chapter on a cliffhanger and then ignore any follow-up to said cliff-hanger subsequently, except in passing. One might see this as daring and innovative. I see it as a failure of novelistic architecture. There are many more nineteenth century novelists to whom one ought to devote one’s attention ahead of Disraeli.
I would not suggest being in any hurry to read this. Go for Dickens instead.