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Samuel Butler (1) (1835–1902)

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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 visa mer 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. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Verk av Samuel Butler

The Way of All Flesh (1903) 3,592 exemplar
Landet Ingenstans : (Erewhon) (1872) 2,094 exemplar
Erewhon and Erewhon Revisited (1872) 229 exemplar
The Notebooks of Samuel Butler (1917) 105 exemplar
Erewhon Revisited (1901) 98 exemplar
The Authoress of the Odyssey (1897) 45 exemplar
The Fair Haven (1938) 22 exemplar
Life and Habit (1981) 21 exemplar
Ex Voto (1928) 16 exemplar
Cambridge Pieces (2004) 15 exemplar
Selected essays (1930) 10 exemplar
Unconscious Memory (2004) 10 exemplar
Butleriana (1932) 4 exemplar
Ainsi va toute chair I (1977) 2 exemplar
Quis desiderio ... ? (1987) 2 exemplar
Contrevérités (2009) 1 exemplar
Tutti si muore 1 exemplar
Détruisons les machines (2013) 1 exemplar

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The Utopia Reader (1999) — Bidragsgivare — 112 exemplar
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Interesting ideas and an enjoyable premise, but at times boring. Probably better if reading as a Victorian.
 
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AerialObrien | 38 andra recensioner | Feb 10, 2024 |
De roman neemt een aanvang drie generaties voor de geboorte van de hoofdpersoon Ernest Pontifex, bij overgrootvader John. Diens enige zoon George kan goed leren en wordt op zijn vijftiende ingelijfd bij de religieuze uitgeverij van een oom in Londen, waar hij zich als gewiekst zakenman ontpopt en later alles erft. George's jongste zoon Theobald, het tegendeel van een veelbelovende zakenman, moet dan maar dominee worden, vooraf te gaan door het behalen van een doctorstitel aan Cambridge. Datzelfde lot wacht Theobalds oudste zoon Ernest, die vanaf de wieg gebukt gaat onder een agressieve, verbitterde maar buiten de deur o zo rechtschapen vader. In deze geschiedenis, verteld door de peetvader van de held, worden de bedenkelijke motieven, uitingen en gedragingen van de meeste betrokkenen met bijtende spot neergezet, opgeluisterd door hilarische innerlijke monologen. De roman The Way of All Flesh werd in 1998 door de grote Amerikaanse uitgever Modern Library gerangschikt als twaalfde op de lijst van 100 beste Engelstalige romans van de twintigste eeuw.… (mer)
 
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aitastaes | 41 andra recensioner | Jan 18, 2024 |
I first read this about a decade ago and didn't remember much aside from the sporking of vegetarianism. I now understand a lot more about the context of when this was written and I think was able to get a bit more value out of it.

Interestingly some stuff seemed still relevant today, especially the part about smashing statues - the Erewhonians believing that all statues should be destroyed after 50 years unless a jury of people picked from the street can be found to declare it should stay. With the debates going on right now, perhaps we ought to take a page from their book!

The chapters on machines also show that the fear of the inevitable machine takeover is not new.

On my last reading I thought that the "crime is a sickness" think was satirising rehabilitative justice, which it may well be, but this time I realised that the whole "sickness is a crime" thing is pretty much just eugenics laid out bare. Considering some of the book was a response to Darwin, it's possible this was intended.



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weemanda | 38 andra recensioner | Nov 2, 2023 |
An utopian book I enjoyed.
 
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mykl-s | 1 annan recension | Aug 12, 2023 |

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