Although I enjoy non-fiction books, I seem to read fewer of them than I read fiction. The NY Times book review sparked my curiosity about the book, and I’m glad that I decided to read it. This biography of the Wittgenstein family was fascinating. It outlined the family history from Karl, the patriarch, to his eight children, and then to his grandchildren—spanning from the 1800’s to the present day. The history, although tragic, was also quite interesting.
Waugh provided a lot of background on the history of the time. This included Viennese history, music history, and the German influence on the family during Hitler’s regime. I think Waugh’s extensive research paid off, this is a great book.