Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Review 'The Other Einstein' by Marie Benedict

A vivid and mesmerizing novel about the extraordinary woman who married and worked with one of the greatest scientists in history.

What secrets may have lurked in the shadows of Albert Einstein’s fame? His first wife, Mileva “Mitza” Marić, was more than the devoted mother of their three children—she was also a brilliant physicist in her own right, and her contributions to the special theory of relativity have been hotly debated for more than a century.

In 1896, the extraordinarily gifted Mileva is the only woman studying physics at an elite school in Zürich. There, she falls for charismatic fellow student Albert Einstein, who promises to treat her as an equal in both love and science. But as Albert’s fame grows, so too does Mileva’s worry that her light will be lost in her husband’s shadow forever.

A literary historical in the tradition of The Paris Wife and Mrs. Poe, The Other Einstein reveals a complicated partnership that is as fascinating as it is troubling.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
October 18th, 2016
Historical Fiction
eBook, Hardcover, Paperback, Audio
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My Review:

When I first read about this book, I was really fascinated. Just like everybody else I’ve heard a lot about Albert Einstein. And reading a book about his wife just sounded really intriguing. This book started with an explanation from the author and I was a little disappointed to read this book was fiction, but still.. I couldn’t wait to start reading.

In ‘The Other Einstein’ we read the story of Mileva ‘Mitza’ Maríc. Mitza is a young and brilliant woman, who worked all her life to study and become a physicist. The only problem is that Mitza is a ‘woman’ and it’s 1896. Woman aren’t supposed to study and Mitza has to work twize as hard as the man in her class to get where she wants to go.
Now Mitza is studying in an elite school in Zürich, when she meets Albert Einstein. Albert changes everything for Mitza and soon they are working together to get their degree.

Especially in the beginning I really enjoyed this story. Marie Benedict really has a good way of writing and making sure her readers are fascinated. I loved getting to know Mitza. Being a woman in a man’s world is very hard. But Mitza worked hard to get where she is, and she has seen the worst of humankind. Mitza definitely is a tough character. But she is also really naive when it comes to Albert. You can’t really blame her since she hasn’t been in contact with many people other than her own family for the first twenty years of her life. But still.. it was frustrating at times.

Half way through this book I found the story becoming a little slow. All the scientific talk was a little boring to me and I just wanted the story to get on. After a view of those chapters the story became better again, and I started to enjoy ‘The Other Einstein’ once more.

I do have one problem with this book. I don’t know much about Albert Einstein, but in this book he isn’t a very nice person at all and he also isn’t as smart as he is supposed to be. I mean, supposedly his wife Mitza is the master brain behind his research. This bothered me a little. Why couldn’t there be used a different made up name? To me it now feels a little like Albert Einstein is being wronged without any real evidence. 

Overall, this is a good story about the struggle of woman in the past. But I would have loved it more if it wasn’t fictional, or if there were used other names. I love that cover though! Beautiful!

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About the Author:

Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms. She is a magna cum laude graduate of Boston College with a focus in History and Art History, and a cum laude graduate of the Boston University School of Law. While practicing as a lawyer, Marie dreamed of a fantastical job unearthing the hidden historical stories of women -- and finally found it when she tried her hand at writing. She embarked on a new, narratively connected series of historical novels with ‘The Other Einstein’, which tells the tale of Albert Einstein's first wife, a physicist herself, and the role she might have played in his theories. Writing as Heather Terrell, Marie also published the historical novels The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, and Brigid of Kildare.

For more information about Marie Benedict please visit her website. Or visit her on Facebook.

I received this book from Smith Publicity in exchange for my honest review.

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