Erewhon

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Wildside Press LLC, 2008 - Fiction - 352 pages
22 Reviews
An adventure story/satire criticizing hypocritical mores and institutions of the Victorian Age.
  

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I was less impressed with the "love story" aspect. - Goodreads
What little plot there is is typically cookie cutter. - Goodreads
But, of course, the plot is not the point. - Goodreads

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

Somewhat redolent of "Gulliver's Travels", and certainly ancestor of a great deal of later Science fiction, one should read this vision of English society viewed through a mythical-kingdom looking glass. You can still find some ripples of this book battering the shores of the Sci-Fi pond! Read full review

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User Review  - Adam Mills - Goodreads

It's not a great book, but it is very important and worth reading. Butler is essentially limited by the form he had to adopt for this book, which took a lot of cues from other books in the Victorian ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter Page
6
WASTE LANDS
17
IN THE WOOLSHED
26
UP THE RIVER
32
THE SADDLE
40
THE RIVER AND THE RANGE
51
INTO EREWHON
63
FIRST IMPRESSIONS
75
CURRENT OPINIONS
111
SOME EREWHONIAN TRIALS
126
MALCONTENTS
137
THE VIEWS OF THE EREWHONIANS CON CERNING DEATH
148
MAHAINA
158
THE MUSICAL BANKS
164
AROWHENA
181
YDGRUN AND THE YDGRUN1TES
193

IN PRISON
85
TO THE METROPOLIS
96
BIRTH FORMULAE
202

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About the author (2008)

The son of a clergyman and grandson of an Anglican bishop, Samuel Butler seemed destined for a life in the church. After graduating from Cambridge, however, he spent some time in New Zealand as a sheep-rancher. When he returned to England, he settled down as a journalist and writer. He engaged in many controversies over Darwinism. Butler is best known by two satirical novels, Erewhon (1872) and The Way of All Flesh (1903). Erewhon, an anagram for "nowhere," attacked contemporary attitudes in science, religion, and social mores. The Way of All Flesh was a study of the Pontifex family in a surprisingly modern tone. Erewhon Revisited (1901) continues his attack on religion. Another work, The Fair Haven (1873), is another subtle attack on religion, presented in the guise of a defense of the Gospels, though it actually undermines them. The Family Letters is a selection from the correspondence of Butler and his father, with several letters to and from his mother and sisters and one or two other relatives. Those between Butler and his father show how close the early part of The Way of All Flesh was to the events in the son's life. A brilliant, versatile writer, Butler was one of the most searching critics of his time. Butler died in 1902.

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