Front Cover, 2010 - Electronic books - 304 pages
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Erewhon, or Over the Range is a novel by Samuel Butler, published anonymously in 1872. The title is also the name of a country, supposedly discovered by the protagonist. In the novel, it is not revealed in which part of the world Erewhon is, but it is clear that it is a fictional country. Butler meant the title to be read as the word Nowhere backwards, even though the letters h and w are transposed. It is likely that he did this to protect himself from accusations of being unpatriotic, although Erewhon is obviously a satire of Victorian society.OCo Excerpted from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia."

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Lacking a bit in the plot column, though.... - Goodreads
Chatty and discursive with little attempt at plot. - Goodreads
What little plot there is is typically cookie cutter. - Goodreads

Review: Erewhon (Erewhon #1)

User Review  - alice Tileston - Goodreads

still trying to slog thru this. very slow going. it was written many years ago so should be good, right? Read full review

Review: Erewhon (Erewhon #1)

User Review  - Toby Goodwin - Goodreads

A remarkable book. Or rather, a remarkable 3 chapters, in an otherwise rather dull book. The book starts with the author's journey to Erewhon, which is long, tedious, and entirely pointless as far as ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

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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