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The Way of All Flesh

The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

In "The Way of All Flesh," Samuel Butler delves deep into the complexities of family life, religion, and societal expectations. The novel follows the life of Ernest Pontifex as he navigates the challenges of coming of age in a strict Victorian household. Butler's sharp wit and satirical tone shed light on the hypocrisies and contradictions that exist within the family dynamic and the larger societal structure.

Through Ernest's journey, the reader is forced to confront uncomfortable truths about the nature of familial relationships and the ways in which society shapes our beliefs and behaviors. Butler's prose is both incisive and thought-provoking, urging readers to question their own preconceived notions about morality, religion, and tradition.

While at times the novel can be dense and philosophical, Butler's keen insights into human nature and his biting commentary on societal norms make "The Way of All Flesh" a compelling and engaging read. It is a timeless classic that continues to resonate with readers today, challenging us to examine our own values and beliefs in the face of the expectations placed upon us by society.

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The Way of All Flesh (1903) is a semi-autobiographical novel by Samuel Butler which attacks Victorian-era hypocrisy. Written between 1873 and 1884, it traces four generations of the Pontifex family. It represents the diminishment of religious outlook from a Calvinistic approach, which is presented as harsh. Butler dared not publish it during his lifetime, but when it was published it was accepted as part of the general revulsion against Victorianism.

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - August 8, 2020
Good story and good reading, though I did find myself not listening at times because all I was hearing was "blah, blah-blah, blah-blah-blah." Meaning, he could have used a LOT less words to tell his story.

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