Setting out to make his fortune in a far-off country, a young traveller discovers the remote and beautiful land of Erewhon and is given a home among its extraordinarily handsome citizens. But their visitor soon discovers that this seemingly ideal community has its faults - here crime is treated indulgently as a malady to be cured, while illness, poverty and misfortune are cruelly punished, and all machines have been superstitiously destroyed after a bizarre prophecy. Can he survive in a world where morality is turned upside down? Inspired by Samuel Butler's years in colonial New Zealand and by his reading of Darwin's Origin of Species, Erewhon (1872) is a highly original, irreverent and humorous satire on conventional virtues, religious hypocrisy and the unthinking acceptance of beliefs.
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|Grouping Author||butler samuel|
|Last Grouping Update||2019-11-02 01:21:26AM|
|Last Indexed||2019-11-19 04:02:51AM|
|auth_author2||Butler, Samuel, 1835-1902.|
|available_at_evld||EVLD Avon Public Library|
|detailed_location_evld||EVLD Avon Public Library|
|display_description||When the traveller Higgs discovers the remote land of Erewhon, he finds himself amongst a strange race who have forbidden the use of machines, who suppress originality and uphold the study of unreason and hypothetics. As fresh and original today as when it was first published in 1872, Erewhon, inspired by Darwin's The Origin of Species, is Samuel Butler's brilliant satirical response to religious and social orthodoxy. |A classic of utopian fiction, first published in 1872 as a satirical response to Darwin's Origin of Species. |Samuel Butler (1835-1902) was the son of a clergyman. Following a disagreement with his father, he left England to beome a sheep farmer in New Zealand, returning to England in 1864. He published Erewhon anonymously in 1872, and went on to publish several works attacking contemporary scientific ideas, in particular Darwin's theory of natural selection.|
|owning_library_evld||EVLD Eagle Valley Library Dist.|
|owning_location_evld||EVLD Avon Public Library|
|subject_facet||Blind -- Books and reading|
Butler, Samuel, -- 1835-1902
Fine books -- Wales -- Powys -- Specimens
Great Britain -- Social conditions -- Fiction
Machinery -- Fiction
Science fiction, English
Utopias -- Fiction
|title_full||Erewhon / Samuel Butler|
Erewhon [electronic resource] / Samuel Butler
Erewhon [electronic resource] Butler, Samuel, 1835-1902.
Erewhon [electronic resource] Butler, Samuel.
Books and reading
Science fiction, English