The Way of All Flesh

The Way of All Flesh

eBook - 2004
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This book depicts the lives of four generations and is narrated by family friend Overton although it focuses on Ernest Pontifex and his respect for his great-grandfather John. His father Theo is the books initial concern, though, and he grows after ordination into cruel and disciplinarian attitudes to parenthood which affect young Ernest. As the story progresses we see the latter give his money to a pregnant maid, become a priest and imprisoned for mistaking a respectable lady for a whore. Ernest is released only to begin an unwise relationship with the maid, Ellen. The tale and its conclusion question the values of Victorian society and offer the solace of the individual mind when convention fails. Please Note: This book has been reformatted to be easy to read in true text, not scanned images that can sometimes be difficult to decipher. The Microsoft eBook has a contents page linked to the chapter headings for easy navigation. The Adobe eBook has bookmarks at chapter headings and is printable up to two full copies per year. Both versions are text searchable
Publisher: [Belle Fourche] : NuVision Publications, 2004
ISBN: 9781595473561
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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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