The Way of All Flesh

The Way of All Flesh

Book - 1916
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"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."--Amazon.
Publisher: New York : E.P. Dutton & Co., 1916
Branch Call Number: FICTION BUTLER
Characteristics: x p., 1 l., 464 p. 20 cm


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Oct 06, 2018

There are only three characters in this book that you can actually care about. The aunt, the author and Earnest. It is dryly funny in most places, but there are a few places that weren't. It does give you a good look back into the age of the 1800's.

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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