Moreover, Zuleika really is a wonderful name for a literal femme fatale. I may have missed some other wit as well, but even 100 years later and a different culture cannot completely wipe it out. Segregate him, and he is no fool. The answer is by his witty style, of a sort that has never been used before for such an unpromising plot. There are bursts of magic realism occasional ghosts, Greek gods and lots of style with no depth.
He said he had written it as a This is satire. Strangely out of print in the United States for years, this crackling farce is nonetheless as piercing and fresh as when it first appeared in 1911: a hilarious dismantling of academia and privilege, and a swashbuckling lampooning of class systems and notions of masculine virtue. As a dark mockery of Oxford, the aristocracy, and male pomposity in general, the book can be very funny. For, whereas all men can learn, the gift of prophecy has died out. Probably people give Beerbohm a pass here because no character is safe from his withering satire, but I felt that Zuleika herself came out by far the worst.
In truth, I think it misleading to call Zuleika Dobson a novel. Trouble is, the idea spreads among the entire campus! Master of the aperçu, Beerbohm plays with language itself in service to his often jaundiced vision of social interaction, the result being highly entertaining prose with insightful commentary. L'incantevole figurina schizzata a penna e relativa didascalia mi si piantò in testa molti anni fa, mentre leggevo un bel libro su Cecil Beaton, abilissimo sketcher di bellezze d'epoca, oltre che grande fotografo di moda e non. Zuleika is one of those females who cannot approve of any male wh How is it possible to regard a work about the mass suicide of Oxford undergraduates -- all for unrequited love of a decorous young woman -- as a comedy? If man were not a gregarious animal, the world might have achieved, by this time, some real progress towards civilisation. All the undergraduates fall in love with her, except one. I also liked the references on the Greek Mythology. When he returns her love she quite obviously falls out of love with him.
My favorite sections were the passages that captured the author's affection for a now vanished Oxford. Looks are, in fact, her only redeeming quality. The Oxford colleges don't notice they are missing and carry on. But a justifiable point you have made. Oxford was venerable and magical, after all, and enduring.
In 1998 a panel commissioned by the Modern Library called it one of the 100 best novels of the 20th century -- No. The old truism about how over-interest is unattractive here finds unusually strong expression. Do you think we live here for the disgusting ocean? The tone of this classic was playful and snobbish. This satire of The advisors who put this book on the Modern Library Top 100 should be taken out and shot! It worked for Harper Lee with. Okay, but it is more. This book is so good.
This is a satire, a farce really, of Edwardian era life at Oxford University. The dazzling turning of the phrase is Beerbohm's great strength. Beerbohm in his way is perfect. It is more Shakespearean than not. On another small table stood Zuleika's library.
Given the book's original date of publication, 1911, I was tempted to read into it a macabre and prescient satire on patriotic fervour at the start of the First World War. Zuleika and the Duke of Dorset don't propel the plot so much as they are propelled through it by the whim of the author -- or, if you wish, the gods who preside over their destinies. 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. Anyone who prefers realistic characters and situations will be disappointed. Nobody could predict the consequences when ravishing Zuleika Dobson arrives at Oxford, to visit her grandfather, the college warden. Invited for a visit by her grandfather, Warden of Judas College, Oxford, she immediately turns the heads of every undergraduate male she encounters.
She never existed…in the flesh, if you will. The book is overwritten not to a fault, but to its credit. Yet has done it with. How Zuleika Dobson made it to the list of must-read classics is a mystery. To pass through the gates into Oxford, one needs substantially more than an elementary school education.