The Way of All Flesh

The Way of All Flesh

Book - 1926
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Written between 1873 and 1884 but not published until 1903, a year after Butler's death, his marvelously uninhibited satire savages Victorian bourgeois values as personified by multiple generations of the Pontifex family. A thinly veiled account of his own upbringing in the bosom of a God-fearing Christian family, Butler's scathingly funny depiction of the self-righteous hypocrisy underlying nineteenth-century domestic life was hailed by George Bernard Shaw as "one of the summits of human achievement."
Publisher: London : Jonathan Cape, [1926].
Branch Call Number: 823 BUT
Characteristics: 420 p.


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Butlers narrative covers four generations of the Pontifex family including the manipulative clergyman, Theobold, and his two sons- the rebellious and controversial Ernest, and his brow beaten but honourable brother, John. A benchmark of satirical literature, This semi-autobiographical classic tak... Read More »

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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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