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The Other Einstein I really wanted to like this book.Perhaps it is just me, but I think I hold writers of historical fiction to a different standard than other fiction writers If a historical fiction writer is creating a story about real people as opposed to creating fictionalized characters set during a specific era or historic event , then I expect that the big details about that real person s life will be correct Otherwise, readers can come away with a view of history that is entirely incorrect This is one I really wanted to like this book.Perhaps it is just me, but I think I hold writers of historical fiction to a different standard than other fiction writers If a historical fiction writer is creating a story about real people as opposed to creating fictionalized characters set during a specific era or historic event , then I expect that the big details about that real person s life will be correct Otherwise, readers can come away with a view of history that is entirely incorrect This is one of the reasons I don t care for Philippa Gregory s work Benedict s novel carries a story line that isn t consistent with historical research Her author s note is built on ideas like maybe, perhaps, and we don t know Were the allegations true, it would be a whopper A muchinteresting book would have been to follow the true story of Mileva s life a brilliant scientist in her own right the only female studying at the Zurich Polytechnic at the time Einstein was getting his degree who had to give up her scientific ambitions when she became a mother Aside from my issues with the book s misrepresentation of the truth yes I do know this is fiction the book was a bit of a slog to read Far too much time was spent on Albert Mileva s courtship, before getting to any interest or tension in the book Thank you to NetGalley and Sourcebooks Landmark for a galley of this book in exchange for an honest review Mileva Maric was the only female student studying physics at a prestigious university in Zurich in 1896 It is here that she met a young student in her class named Albert Einstein Albert takes an interest in her, and a romantic relationship evolves between them This book details how their relationship changes over timeWritten in the voice of Mileva, this historical novel is about the difficulties she encountered while married to Einstein What starts as a young exciting relationship turns into Mileva Maric was the only female student studying physics at a prestigious university in Zurich in 1896 It is here that she met a young student in her class named Albert Einstein Albert takes an interest in her, and a romantic relationship evolves between them This book details how their relationship changes over timeWritten in the voice of Mileva, this historical novel is about the difficulties she encountered while married to Einstein What starts as a young exciting relationship turns into an abusive neglectful one Mileva sacrificed her own career dreams by catering to the needs of her husband and family The book delves into how Mileva eventually felt she was living in Einstein s shadow It has been speculated that she contributed to the theory of relativity but her named was omitted by Einstein This is an interesting story of love, loss and science Readers are spoonfed real history about Einstein while watching this drama unfold I came away with a better appreciation for the contribution from both of these individuals Einstein is known as a genius, but as the saying goes, behind every great man is a great woman.I am giving away 2 copies on my blog until 11 12 1.99 on kindle and digital platforms 2 9 Mitza Maric has dreams of beingthan a wife, a brilliant physics student she plans to pursue a degree in 1896 and is the only female in her classes Mitza is also disabled and has never expected any man to ever be interested in her and want to marry her When she meets Albert Einstein though things begin to change and she rethinks the life she has pictured for herself, ending up caught between her ambition and love The book was well written and I did like Mitza, and I know we ve all had th Mitza Maric has dreams of beingthan a wife, a brilliant physics student she plans to pursue a degree in 1896 and is the only female in her classes Mitza is also disabled and has never expected any man to ever be interested in her and want to marry her When she meets Albert Einstein though things begin to change and she rethinks the life she has pictured for herself, ending up caught between her ambition and love The book was well written and I did like Mitza, and I know we ve all had the representation talk before but really it is cool knowing about women scientists and especially one with a disability I had never heard of her before though it s not a surprise when her own career became side railed to Einstein s, but I actually don t know much about the time period when women first started being admitted into colleges and being able to contribute in academia, so it was interesting I did find the book to be really slow though and I got bored through out it again and again I guess it s mostly because the life of university students isn t all that interesting and like her going back and forth between school and trying to keep her friends and manage her love life wasn t something unusual or fun to read about I also am not sure about the historical accuracy of the book though the author said she researched it well and it is fiction Even though it is fiction I don t think the scene where view spoiler Mitza comes up with relativity hide spoiler was done well at all I didn t buy it at all I don t see how death could cause anyone to make a connection like that about time, and the explanation seemed a little iffy Maybe if we sawof Mitza sitting around thinking about physics theoretically I would ve bought the idea that she came up with it and Einstein stole the idea or I guess took credit or whatever but nah it didn t work for me the way it was done in the book I don t buy it I can buy Einstein s behaving like a dick though because I always felt like he was kind of a dick An okay book about someone who maybe could have achieved something if it hadn t been for a man, typical, but nothing spectacular Mostly because I d rather not read fictional accounts about what women may have contributed to their husband s works, I wish we could getnonfiction books about women whose contributions we know about and yeah I could ve done without reading this but I m not like upset I read it, kind of just indifferent to the whole experience What did Watson and Crick discover Rosalind Franklin s notes HAR HAR While that might not be 100% true, the history of science is littered with brilliant women whose pioneering contributions were ignored, diminished or plagiarised due to sexism So this fictionalised biography of Mileva Maric, the physicist wife of Albert Einstein who has been rumoured to have contributed towards his theories on relativity, is timely Unfortunately, this book didn t really do it for me The first 60% is What did Watson and Crick discover Rosalind Franklin s notes HAR HAR While that might not be 100% true, the history of science is littered with brilliant women whose pioneering contributions were ignored, diminished or plagiarised due to sexism So this fictionalised biography of Mileva Maric, the physicist wife of Albert Einstein who has been rumoured to have contributed towards his theories on relativity, is timely Unfortunately, this book didn t really do it for me The first 60% is based around Einstein s courtship of Maric while they are both physics students at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic in Zurich Maric is focused on her studies and doesn t want to be waylaid by romance But Einstein is doggedly determined I found the first half of this book really dull I wasn t sure what the conflict was meant to be the book is called The Other Einstein, we know that they eventually get married, why devote so many pages to detailing the minutiae of a courtship when the title tells you how it ends The pace picked up considerably in the second half, but I still think the first bit could have been significantly edited down The writing was inelegant and clunky throughout Some of the sentences were badly constructed and I also thought the dialogue was self consciously formal and old fashioned There were also some jarring errors which would make anyone vaguely scientifically minded wince, eg, steam from the chimney of a steam train being described interchangeably as smoke and fog in the same paragraph.But my main qualm about this book is that the science is totally skimmed over I thought it was meant to be about a brilliant scientific mind who was lost in her husband s shadow, and yet I got the sense that the author didn t have the confidence to actually write about science There are ways of writing about science in fiction in an inspiring, even beautiful, way but there was none of that here There are parts in which Einstein and Maric work feverishly on projects and theories together and yet the actual concepts they re working on aren t even mentioned The author might as well have written and they did some science Not only did this make the book feel a bit flimsy, but I also think it denigrated Maric What should have been a book about a bright female physicist who allegedly contributed to one of the most significant scientific breakthroughs of the 20th century, actually became a book about a woman who made some silly life choices and ended up unhappily married and intellectually stymied The author s unwillingness or inability to delve into the science Maric supposedly worked on actually detracts from the image of her as a brilliant scientist.Finally, I think the author got a bit drunk on artistic license Einstein is painted as an absolute bastard and Maric is painted as a complete genius who made MASSIVE contributions to ALL of his theories In real life, the consensus is that the contributions she made were quite limited, although there are still those that believe her to have done a lot of the maths in the seminal papers published under Einstein s name I know it s a fictionalised account and the author has a right to speculate on what could have happened, but I think she goes a bit too far Einstein comes off extremely badly and I was shocked by the scene in which view spoiler he hits her hide spoiler , which I think was just gratuitous and doesn t seem to be based on any historical facts I feel like people will read this and think it s a factual expose, whereas it s mostly wild speculation and likely to be highly inaccurate And that, to me, feels a bit unfair There are stories out there of women who truly did make massive contributions to science and were ignored see links in first paragraph and who deserve to be properly memorialised I m not sure that this sensationalised book really helps promote that causeWith thanks to Sourcebooks and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC in return for an honest review I didn t like this book at all I hate books that have potentially interesting stories to tell and then just wreck them It could have been quite edifying as Mileva Maric was Albert Einstein s first wife and a noted scientist in her own right She was the only female student at an elite university in Zurich in 1896 She lives in a pension with other bright female students It must have been exciting to be on your own for the first time and discovering there are other people like yourself who li I didn t like this book at all I hate books that have potentially interesting stories to tell and then just wreck them It could have been quite edifying as Mileva Maric was Albert Einstein s first wife and a noted scientist in her own right She was the only female student at an elite university in Zurich in 1896 She lives in a pension with other bright female students It must have been exciting to be on your own for the first time and discovering there are other people like yourself who like to learn So we discover any of this No The four females are jealous of each other when one of them dates Are there wonderful conversations between Einstein and Maric There were but there were so manytalks where he thinks up pet names like Dollie, ragamuffin, beloved sorceress, little escapee Gag me with a stick This is nothingthan a glorified romance novel There are claims that Maric is responsible for some of Einstein s work It fits into a new theory going around that women were responsible for everything I think she had input into his work but she was certainly no Marie Curie As the book goes along she becomesandsubservient I found this difficult to believe that a well educated woman would suddenly change to this degree Also, she had a limp I think the first 9000 times this was mentioned was sufficient for me to understand that she had a limp that she blamed everything in her life on Put please quit hitting me over the head with it I have to admit my bias here I had just finished a wonderful book that shook me, moved me and made me think It was a historical fiction too but on such a different level that it was like comparing Charles Dickens to a children s book But then I d have to call it historical fiction instead of what it is, a badly written romance novel There are so many great books and so little time, why would you waste a second on this drivel I can t get through it I m bored Also, I find it strange when a first person narration gets all flowery in descriptions because I find it hard to believe that people talk that way in their heads When I am thinking about the weather outside, I never have thoughts like, It was dark and stormy with broody clouds and a malevolent fog I mlikely to think, F ing weather You suck Okay, so I admit I m not the most quixotic of thinkers Word of the day challenge check I would have hange I can t get through it I m bored Also, I find it strange when a first person narration gets all flowery in descriptions because I find it hard to believe that people talk that way in their heads When I am thinking about the weather outside, I never have thoughts like, It was dark and stormy with broody clouds and a malevolent fog I mlikely to think, F ing weather You suck Okay, so I admit I m not the most quixotic of thinkers Word of the day challenge check I would have hanged myself if I continued reading BAM On fleek with the grammar today, baby We ve been watching the series, Genius, about Einstein and I know that they tried to be as historically accurate as possible when making it What I have learned is that he wasn t some lovable nutty professor who was a genius, like we all thought He was a bad husband, selfish man, horrible father, and philandering jerk who also was a genius So, I guess that reading this book was probably a bad idea to begin with This book is about Mileva Maric, Albert Einstein s first wife She also was a mathematician The book is a historical novel so Benedict has leeway in telling the story For example, how much did she contribute to Einstein s Theory of Relativity Benedict traces Mileva s life from childhood to the end.The book is well written, and I enjoyed it while fully aware I was reading historical fiction and not a biography After reading numerous biographies of Einstein, I was somewhat familiar with Mileva This book is about Mileva Maric, Albert Einstein s first wife She also was a mathematician The book is a historical novel so Benedict has leeway in telling the story For example, how much did she contribute to Einstein s Theory of Relativity Benedict traces Mileva s life from childhood to the end.The book is well written, and I enjoyed it while fully aware I was reading historical fiction and not a biography After reading numerous biographies of Einstein, I was somewhat familiar with Mileva In many ways this makes historyinteresting If you are looking for something different, I can recommend this book.I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible The book is eight hours and thirty minutes Mozhan Marno does a good job narrating the book Marno is an actress and voice over artist In the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs Poe, The Other Einstein offers us a window into a brilliant, fascinating woman whose light was lost in Einstein s enormous shadow It is the story of Einstein s wife, a brilliant physicist in her own right, whose contribution to the special theory of relativity is hotly debated and may have been inspired by her own profound and very personal insightMitza Maric has always been a little different from other girls Most twenty year olds are wives by now, not studying physics at an elite Zurich university with only male students trying to outdo her clever calculations But Mitza is smart enough to know that, for her, math is an easier path than marriage And then fellow student Albert Einstein takes an interest in her, and the world turns sideways Theirs becomes a partnership of the mind and of the heart, but there might not be room for than one genius in a marriage I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley Thank you to the author, Marie Benedict, and the publishers, Sourcebooks Landmark, for this opportunity.This is the fictional account of the life of an actual historical figure Mileva Mitza Mari , in 1896, was the only female studying physics at Z rich university and one of the first females to study science at university level in all of Europe She left home forliberal Switzerland to achieve said studies and became a scie I received this in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley Thank you to the author, Marie Benedict, and the publishers, Sourcebooks Landmark, for this opportunity.This is the fictional account of the life of an actual historical figure Mileva Mitza Mari , in 1896, was the only female studying physics at Z rich university and one of the first females to study science at university level in all of Europe She left home forliberal Switzerland to achieve said studies and became a scientific genius in her own right And yet, her renown today is considerably less than her physicist husband, Albert Einstein There is much debate over the degree of Albert s famed Theory of Relativity that was, in fact, his wife s own work This explores not only scientific and marital conflict, but the trials of being a ground breaking and intelligent women living in a conservative and bourgeois time period.This novel used Mileva as a spokesperson for a generation of budding intellectual women, who are realizing their independence for the first time, and yet are still largely relegated to the home sphere They were built for so muchand it is empowering to read, today, how much their fight for equality and their continuation in the face of adversity has impacted our contemporary freedom If not for women, such as Mileva, our lives today could be quite different On behalf of women everywhere, who have ever received such treatment, this pained me to read about.This not only concerned the re imagining of the life of this brilliant women, but was a wonderfully evocative and atmospheric account of nineteenth century Europe This was a slow paced novel with in depth character studies and attention to minute historical and geographical details It touched on a multitude of societal and cultural customs without seeming to betray or wander too far from the story and it s absolute brilliance lay in the vivid envisioning and conceptualizing of both a time period and an entire generation of people.This tells such an important story in such a graceful, expressive and reminiscent way that it is hard not to get sucked into the story of the life of the great Mileva Einstein After being asked by a friend to read Marie Benedict s novel about the wife of Albert Einstein, I was eager to give it a try While no Einstein expert, having read only a few pieces about the scientist, I am always up to learn a little something Benedict offers an interesting mix of fact and fiction in this succinct piece, which is sure to entertain and educate the reader in equal measure Mileva Mitza Mari made a name for herself, relying on some less stringent admission rules to secure a s After being asked by a friend to read Marie Benedict s novel about the wife of Albert Einstein, I was eager to give it a try While no Einstein expert, having read only a few pieces about the scientist, I am always up to learn a little something Benedict offers an interesting mix of fact and fiction in this succinct piece, which is sure to entertain and educate the reader in equal measure Mileva Mitza Mari made a name for herself, relying on some less stringent admission rules to secure a spot into a Swiss university, where she studied and excelled in Mathematics and Physics While other men in her class scoffed at her presence, one Albert Einstein took a shining to her Mari willingly spent time with Einstein, happy to help anyone who would treat her as an equal A Serbian by birth, Mari found herself stuck in an interesting family dynamic a mother who wanted her to accept her role as a woman and a father who, aware of a physical anomaly, wanted her to succeed in academics Mari refused to accept that she would forever be a spinster and welcomed Einstein s romantic interest, as long as it did not impede her academic pursuits Einstein and Mari continued to work together, building their passion for science and one another through the years The tides seemed to change when Mari bore their first child, Lieserl While Mari was hidden away for the birth and a few months afterwards, Einstein pursued gainful employment, all but ignoring his family Benedict depicts this strain in the relationship throughout, neverpoignantly than explaining how Einstein worked and his wife tended to their daughter, while still holding onto a passion for the world of physics Tragedy befell the family such that the shattered pieces of their foundation could not be properly assembled again, which proved to be a significant strain on them, though Albert and Mitza continued to work through problems of relativity and other topics of theoretical physics Expanding on their family, the Einsteins found themselves loving their burgeoning brood, though their true passion remained physics That said, Albert always stood in the limelight, while Mitza slaved away and presented key theories for discussion, only later expounded upon by Albert when he had already made a name for himself In a story so poignantly titled, Benedict argues effectively that Mileva Mari Einstein may have been the brains behind her husband s numerous discoveries, in an era where women were seen as less apt and capable Recommended for those who enjoy learning a great deal during their fiction reading, I can see Benedict has a great handle on the topic and how to present it effectively to readers.Bendict does well to capture the reader s attention throughout this book, straddling the line between telling a story and recounting the life of a lesser known historical figure While it is impossible to deny that Mileva Mari Einstein remained hidden behind her husband s shadow, one can hope that this book will help dispel the idea that she was solely a supportive spouse Benedict depicts Madam Einstein as being dedicated to her interests, particularly physics, letting no one and nothing stand in her way While she may have been raised at a time when she was seen as a second class citizen, she never let her passion die out, no matter who stood in her way, Benedict portrays this effectively throughout the piece, tossing in some interesting hurdles outside her being a woman The courting time between the two protagonists is quite heartfelt and Madam Einstein seems not only shocked that a man might love her, but also leery about giving up all her academic opportunities for a man When women did not usually stand on their own, Mileva Mari broke the mold and strived to be all she could Strains in the relationship appear throughout the latter portion of the book, particularly as Benedict portrays Albert as too focussed on his work Can he be faulted for this In one sense, surely, for he chooses not to spend it with his family and keeps himself occupied with his work and friendships with other men While no excuse, one must consider that this was a time when hands on fatherhood would not have been common, so Einstein might not have thought to spend time at home or with his family Still, Benedict depicts him, as well as some of the other male characters found throughout the narrative, to be aloof and disinterested in life before them The story worked very well, picking up on key elements of Mari s life before she married Einstein, with the ongoing thread that she did not want her life s work to be forgotten or attributed solely to her husband Benedict using powerful descriptions to portray this, leaving the reader to decide for themselves how to synthesise this information It not only tells a story of the woman behind her husband, but also seeks to develop the argument that Albert Einstein may not have been the sole thinker in that household to churn out groundbreaking ideas A wonderfully educational piece that offers a punch for the attentive reader Easy to digest and comprehend without being flighty or flowery.Kudos, Madam Benedict, for a great piece of fiction I ll have to keep my eyes open to see what else you have that might be of interest.Like hate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at Book for All Seasons, a different sort of Book Challenge

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