The Way of All Flesh

The Way of All Flesh

Book - 1998 | 1998 Modern Library pbk. ed
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Samuel Butler's autobiographical fiction account of a harsh upbringing and troubled adulthood satirizes Victorian hypocrisy and indicts Victorian bourgeois values as personified in five generations of the Pontifex family and in its chronicle of the life and loves of Ernest Pontifex. Along the way, it offers a powerful indictment of nineteenth-century England's major institutions.
Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 1998
Edition: 1998 Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 0375752498 (acid-free paper)
9780375752490 (acid-free paper)
Branch Call Number: Y BUTLER
Characteristics: vii, 431 p. ; 21 cm


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Jan 16, 2018

Samuel Butler's novel about the happy, united Victorian home, and how to survive it. Its themes are superficially dated, but conflict between parents and children will always be current until, as Butler hoped, we should all be born, wrapped in money, out of eggs, our parents having died a short time before. Butler worked on this book on and off for 20 years, and the friend who was helping him edit it passed away half way through. If she hadn't, perhaps the story would be more cohesive and Butler less apt to go off on tangential essays. Even so, The Way of All Flesh should be read by anyone who wants to be surprised, excited and challenged by a Victorian novel.

Apr 22, 2010

A great book! The beginning is not indicitive of the body of the story so press through the first few chapters to get to the good stuff!


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FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

The author pokes fun at Victorian life by examining generations of the Pontifex family.


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