Free kindle book and epub digitized and proofread by Project Gutenberg. The Project Gutenberg eBook, Erewhon Revisited, by Samuel Butler This eBook is . No more, therefore, being heard of Erewhon, my father’s book came to be. A sequel to Erewhon, by S. Butler, published After 20 years Higgs finds that his ascent in the balloon has become that of a god, the Sunchild, in a.

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Kym rated it really liked it Mar 25, In the sequel, narrated by his son John, we are told that our hero’s name is Higgs.

Jun 25, Cara Heuser rated it really liked it. Erewhon, set in a thinly erwwhon New Zealand, ended with the escape gevisited its protagonist from the native Erewhonians by balloon.

The narrative is almost non-existent, and the meat of the book consists of discrete chapters expounding on one or other aspect of the society of Erewhon in a manner more akin to an anthropological treatise than a novel. Women can only be wives and within the strict limits imposed by society.

The first half was interesting. This Germano-European theory has today been discarded with the slow emergence of the specific migration out of Africa around 45, years ago, their settling somewhere around the Iranian Plateau and then the two migrations from there after the Ice Age, one to Europe and one to India or the Indian sub-continent, Sanskrit being a language of the second migration and the language descending from the common source of the two groups is Farsi in Iran and South Iraq, just like Basque is the language descending from the languages of the first Homo Sapiens in Europe before the Ice Age Cro-Magnon, Gravettians, etc.

Return to Book Page. Tobi Lopez Taylor rated it liked it Jan 18, This page was last edited on 1 Aprilat At the end of the 19th century it was common to believe social classes that determined various social life styles would eventually lead to either some genetic evolution towards differentiated human species or to some programmed conditioning producing different types of integrated individuals.

Erewhon, Erewhon Revisited by Samuel Butler

This assessment is important but we have to say straight away that with this work of fiction we shift back to England, and yet in that period England and the Erwhon were widely exchanging literary works and inspiration, as I have indicated with the mention of Social Darwinism and Behaviorism that are essentially American, though eugenics that emerge from this context is vastly represented at the time and in the following fifty years in Europe, starting with Sweden even before the First World War.


But the principle is that children are supposed to learn unreason as part of reason and thus to learn how to express any idea in a most contradictory and non-committing way. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.

Note Brave New World did not specify skin color but it can be assumed this world is entirely white. With George’s help Higgs escapes from their clutches and returns to England. When Butler submitted the manuscript to the respectable and long-established house of Longmanwho had in recent years become his regular publishers, they rejected it for fear of offending their High Church clientele, even when Butler offered to pay the costs himself. The Swiftian device of setting his satire in a fictional culture enabled Butler, as the critic Elinor Shaffer has written, “to analyse the phenomena of religion from their point of genesis, while disclaiming all responsibility for their uncanny parallels to certain known religions.

He discovers that he is now worshipped as “the Sunchild. To put it in perspective, that gentleman died in Octoberbetween the writing and publishing of Erewhon. On March 24, he wrote to George Bernard Shawconceding that the book was “far more wicked than Erewhon “, and asking for his advice.

Erewhon Revisited

Akhigbe Austin rated it liked it Aug 12, This is very nearly a century before the likes of Frank Herbert and Harlan Ellison popularised reviisted of war betwixt man and machine in science fiction. Butler also made prose translations of The Iliad ereshon The Odyssey which remain in use to this day. CasualDebris rated it it was ok Aug 26, I would have to guess that this is what sci-fi looked like in the late s which is when it was written.

The theme is still very active.

Erewhon, Erewhon Revisited

What really helps these books along is Butler’s sense of rather biting humor- Erewhon is in some ways a Utopia, revisitted it is a rigid one with some truly ridiculous laws: Samuel Butler was an iconoclastic Victorian author who published a variety of works, including the Utopian satire Erewhon and the posthumous novel The Way of All Flesherewhn two best-known works, but also extending to examinations of Fevisited orthodoxy, substantive studies of evolutionary thought, studies of Italian art, and works of literary history and criticism.

In some respects I found the sequel the superior work and in any case recommend reading both. Fifield revised edition by David Price, email ccx coventry.

We are dealing here with an extremely male dominated society. Martha rated it really liked it Sep 12, The author realized it was dragging. On the other side all that we would call crimes, like embezzling or stealing, is seen as social derangement in one particular individual who has to be cured of this dysfunctioning by a revisites diet and regimen, bread and water, revisitfd bread and milk for a certain length of time, plus the use of a straightener to check the diet and perform the regimen of physical punishment like flogging on the deranged person seen as a victim who has erwwhon be saved.


I don’t understand why the protagonist erewohn to go off on his own in the first place, but I assume it had something to do with finding his fortune. I don’t see why he couldn’t do it under his master or whatever. And although Erewhon Revisited is generally thought inessential, I must say I thought that the two books taken together are more than the sum of their parts. Any asserted idea is suspicious if it is not wrapped up in some contradictory seasoning.

In that context of this theory of evolution, the Marxist vision of class society, and eugenics, the last one comprising social segregation, racial rejection and the extermination of those considered as unfit for or unproductive in society, we have to assess the position of Samuel Butler and his Erewhon.

But the rights of men are just more or less surrounded and besieged by all the other rights. Slight spoilers These two books really need to be considered as one. Several times the idea that machines erwehon evolving a lot faster than man and animals is there to prove the author is serious somewhere and this argument of the speed of inventions and the exponential acceleration of this speed is the fundamental argument of erewho proponents of the Singularity.

The rights of love shared equally by men and women are emerging but the bigotry of some survives this emergence and even today such rights are vastly questioned by some in some countries, including our own, the West as opposed to the Rest. The basic theme of the book can be applied throughout the world and revisifed all the religion where we turn simple people into God or God’s relative and start commercializing it for our own benefit.