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The Way of All Flesh (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) (urspr publ 1903; utgåvan 1998)

av Samuel Butler

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Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as "one of the summits of human achievement," Butler's autobiographical account of a harsh upbringing and troubled adulthood satirizes Victorian hypocrisy in its chronicle of the life and loves of Ernest Pontifex. Along the way, it offers a powerful indictment of 19th-century England's major institutions.… (mer)
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Titel:The Way of All Flesh (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Författare:Samuel Butler
Info:Modern Library (1998), Paperback, 448 pages
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The Way of All Flesh av Samuel Butler (Author) (1903)

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    nessreader: Way of all flesh is a novel about monster victorian sanctimonious paterfamilias; Life of Mary Benson is about a real one, her husband the archbishop of canterbury. Both books are hilarity-propelled rants that are in the end touching.
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Reading a book written over a century ago is a very different experience than reading our modern, high-impact, explicit stories of today. This book is a bit wordy. It is filled with the author's philosophy on life, morals, and religion. However, the characters are wonderful and full of life, and the message that men and women are mere mortals and full of flaws remains the same no matter how the text is worded. Poor Ernest Pontifex lives a interesting, eventful , and sometimes tragic life. Raised by parents who seemed to care more for money than their children, he suffers from poor self-esteem and a loss of identity. After enduring incarceration, an alcoholic wife, and many years of searching, he finally finds peace in following his heart. ( )
  PaulaGalvan | Jan 20, 2021 |
I find it quite hard to read and understand, with its theological and philosophical themes. The characters are quite tedious too like Ernest and his parents. And the most amiable character, Ernest's aunt, had to die young. However, I did learn one thing from the book - compound interest works. Ernest's godfather had invested the money from his aunt for him and the money grew over the years, thus leaving more money for Ernest to inherit. ( )
  siok | Jan 25, 2020 |
Witty, sarcastic attack on the institutions of Victorian England published in 1903 (but written decades earlier). Most of the humor still holds up, and I really enjoyed most of the book. I don't seek out novels of that period as a rule, because I generally dislike their prolixity and find their themes dated and uninteresting. This is an exception. It's on the 5 side of 4 stars.

SORTA SPOILER ALERT

I found the description of how alcohol destroys one poverty-stricken female character to be annoying, but perhaps Butler was just trying to avoid being overly politically correct (i.e., because opponents of religion, say, also had to believe that the poor were more virtuous than the wealthy). ( )
  Robert_Musil | Dec 15, 2019 |
Review pending ( )
  leslie.98 | Nov 23, 2019 |
Another novel from my Victorian Novels class, which I loved, reveling in the satire. My copy is heavily underlined, with various enthusiastic marginalia. "Ha!" "Ironic" "Lecture on English Clergy" "!" "Weepy, rather" "Really!" "Ernest tries to publish""Coincidence!" "Ernest is still innocent!" "Ernest goes independent" "Hypocritical" "Sounds like his mother"

I wrote "This doesn't make sense" in 1971 to this remark by Pryer: "...If a vice in spite of such efforts can still hold its own among the most polished nations, it must be founded on some immutable truth or fact in human nature, and must have some compensatory advantage which we cannot altogether afford to dispense with."

It does now. Just wasn't cynical enough back then ( )
  deckla | Jan 13, 2019 |
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Författarens namnRollTyp av författareVerk?Status
Butler, SamuelFörfattareprimär författarealla utgåvorbekräftat
Arnett, Curtis JamesInledningmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Cochrane, JamesRedaktörmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Hoggart, RichardInledningmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Streatfeild, R. A.Förordmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Weber, J. SherwoodEfterordmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
Zabel, Morton DauwenInledningmedförfattarevissa utgåvorbekräftat
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When I was a small boy at the beginning of the century I remember an old man who wore knee-breeches and worsted stockings, and who used to hobble about the street of our village with the help of a stick. He must have been getting on for eighty in the year 1807, earlier than which date I suppose I can hardly remember him, for I was born in 1802.
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it seems to me that youth is like spring, an overpraised season - delightful if it happen to be a favourable one, but in practice rarely favoured and more remarkable, as a general rule, for biting east winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers, we more than gain in fruits. (Chapter VI)
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The devil, in fact, when he dresses himself in angel's clothes, can only be detected by experts of exceptional skill, and so often does he adopt this disguise that it is hardly safe to be seen talking to an angel at all. (Chapter XIX)
those who are happy in this world are better and more lovable people than those who are not   (Chapter XXVI)
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Hailed by George Bernard Shaw as "one of the summits of human achievement," Butler's autobiographical account of a harsh upbringing and troubled adulthood satirizes Victorian hypocrisy in its chronicle of the life and loves of Ernest Pontifex. Along the way, it offers a powerful indictment of 19th-century England's major institutions.

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