The Way of All Flesh
Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler
Book DescriptionSamuel Butler (1835-1902) made one reputation during his lifetime with his Utopian satire Erewhon, and a second reputation after his death with The Way of All Flesh, published posthumously. This novel, the story of Ernest Pontifex, is a thinly disguised autobiography in which Butler brutally but hilariously savages the financial, sexual, familial and spiritual hypocrisies of late Victorian England.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781857151183
(210mm x 134mm x 26mm)
Imprint: Everyman's Library
Publish Date: 17-Dec-1992
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Samuel Butler
Erewhon and Erewhon Revisited, Paperback (July 2015)
In Erewhon, machines are banned, lest they evolve and take over. This 1872 proto-steampunk novel offers prescient, provocative satires of family, church, and mechanical progress. Includes the sequel, Erewhon Revisited.
Hudibras, Paperback (October 2014)
Originally published in 1905, this book contains the text of Hudibras by the satirical poet Samuel Butler (1613-80).
Way of All Flesh, Paperback (May 2012)» View all books by Samuel Butler
A Victorian middle-class family in its radical depiction of Ernest Pontifex, a young man who casts off his background and discovers himself. The awkward but likeable son of a tyrannical clergyman and a priggish mother, Ernest gleefully rejects his parents' respectability, and chooses instead to find his own way in the world.
UK Kirkus Review » The childhood of Ernest Pontifex with his silly pretentious mother and ogre of a father would make painful reading but for the dry style in which the story is told, its wit and its author's perspicacity. As it is we marvel that 19th-century fathers beat the children they professed to love for no greater offence than lisping. We are shocked at the ignorance of the young in those days and the absolute authority of their elders, at injuries inflicted in the name of religion and draconian brutality mis-called duty. But for all that, The Way of All Flesh should be required reading for aspiring parents even today. Hypocrisy and humbug have not yet come to an end in our dealings with children. Review by Ruth Rendell, whose crime novels include 'The Keys to the Street' (Kirkus UK)
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