The Way of All Flesh #2020

The Way of All Flesh By Samuel Butler Robert Ward Johnson Theodore Dreiser The Way of All Flesh The Way of All Flesh exploded like a bomb in Edwardian England Based on Samuel Butler s own life published posthumously it indicts Victorian bourgeois values as personified in five generations of the
  • Title: The Way of All Flesh
  • Author: Samuel Butler Robert Ward Johnson Theodore Dreiser
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  • Page: 325
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  • The Way of All Flesh By Samuel Butler Robert Ward Johnson Theodore Dreiser The Way of All Flesh exploded like a bomb in Edwardian England Based on Samuel Butler s own life published posthumously, it indicts Victorian bourgeois values as personified in five generations of the Pontifex family.
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    1. Samuel Butler Robert Ward Johnson Theodore Dreiser

      For the author of Hudibras, see Samuel Butler.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 Flesh, his two best known works, but also extending to examinations of Christian orthodoxy, substantive studies of evolutionary thought, studies of Italian art, and works of literary history and criticism Butler also made prose translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey which remain in use to this day.See also Samuel H Butcher, Anglo Irish classicist, who also undertook prose translations of Homer s works in collaboration with Andrew Lang.

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    1. This is a true story about me reading The Way of All Flesh Remember how I once mentioned that I nerdily read in the elevator on the way home for the whole two minute trip Well, I was reading this book on my way down one evening at my old job when an older man that I didn t know turned to me and asked what I was reading Modern Library version, so the cover is blank, you dig I smiled uncomfortably I may be a book nerd, but I do recognize that it s a little odd to read in the elevator when you only [...]


    2. I ve read this book at least 5 times and I always come back to it It has seemed to have something unique to say to me no matter what age I am when I read it I first read it in my Freshman year of college and there were very few of us who really liked it I couldn t understand why at the time, but I think I do now.The book is very introspective and if you are looking for some kind of action or plot, this isn t the book for you The main action takes place in the character s minds Butler takes his m [...]


    3. The Way of All Flesh is the anti Victorian novel In the clergyman s house the daughters play cards to determine which of them will get to marry the single suitor lured in through the front door view spoiler and England expects every man to do his duty in luring him in no matter how far Jane Austen turns round in her grave hide spoiler , there is no weeping round the death bed view spoiler in a lovely moment the children of George Pontifex compose the following epitaph for him, pregnant with doub [...]


    4. There s a poem by Kahlil Gibran which goes like this Your children are not your children They are the sons and daughters of Life s longing for itself They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams You may strive to be like [...]



    5. Flesh is what governs the soul Much of the book contains a scathing, satirical appraisal and condemnation of church, clergy, christianity, and the hypocrisy, dogma and deliberate self delusion of religion Pretty outrageous for 1884 the story that Christ died, came to life again and was carried from earth through clouds into the heavens could not be accepted He Ernest would probably have seen it years ago if he had not been hoodwinked by people who were paid for hoodwinking him p.293 he had been [...]


    6. I mean, yes it was a harsh upbringing, Butler, but did you have to take it out on us, the readers I would have gladly taken a beating for you if you had just shortened the book by about 400 goddamned pages Were you supposed to be Ernest So after all that, you abandoned your own kids to explore the world Ugh True, you married a prostitute, so you scored a few points there with me, and you forgave your batshit mother, but you abandoned your own kids after suffering through a shitty childhood i won [...]


    7. After reading Theodore Dreiser s introduction to this book, I put it back to the library shelf and consciously staid away for well over two months I had my reasons, but one of them was not that I didn t want to sink my mental teeth into this, one of the finest and simple yet complex literary pieces My main reason was Dreiser himself It stands that one of the books that had a most profound effect on me was Sister Carrie, one among Dreiser s masterpieces If he, Mr Dreiser, at whatever time he did [...]


    8. Witty, sarcastic attack on the institutions of Victorian England published in 1903 but written decades earlier Most of the humor still holds up, and I really enjoyed most of the book I don t seek out novels of that period as a rule, because I generally dislike their prolixity and find their themes dated and uninteresting This is an exception It s on the 5 side of 4 starsRTA SPOILER ALERTI found the description of how alcohol destroys one poverty stricken female character to be annoying, but perh [...]


    9. What a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be I must admit I wasn t looking forward to reading a book written in the 1800 s and published in 1903 about repression and family life in mid 1800 s England.This is a book to be read with focus as much could be lost without careful reading One can certainly not steamroll through this novel without missing out on great humor from its marvelous author, Samuel Butler Each page requires longer than usual time for reading, however, the payback is well [...]



    10. Slight spoiler I first read this years ago and it affected me deeply and the best parts still do, though I now find it a very uneven work As I see it after recently rereading his Erewhon books is that Butler was a divided character he was a good writer who could tell an entertaining story, but he was also a bitter man who wanted to be didactic and he couldn t manage to do it without the narrative grinding to a halt at intervals This is a very good book which could be edited into a great one a li [...]




    11. When this book came up as the October selection for the Classics Book Club a real life book club here in Toronto rather than an online one, run by Chris of Eclectic Indulgence , I was pretty pleased because it meant getting around to reading a book I ve had on my shelf for about fifteen years The reason I had this which, let s face it, isn t one of the famous Classics you ve heard of is rather silly but I ll tell you all the same I grew up watching A Room With a View I ve probably seen it fifty [...]


    12. Originally published on my blog here in April 1999.Samuel Butler s posthumously published novel has been described as the first twentieth century novel it was in fact completed in the 1880s though not published until the early 1900s In its iconoclasm, it certainly marks a break with the mainstream of the nineteenth century, and foreshadows the way that the twentieth century has seen criticism and questioning of just about every conventional value.Butler s style and language are, to my mind, fair [...]



    13. This novel had me at the description of the wallpaper a mass of roses, in want of bees Of course a child would imagine bees flitting from flower to flower, or crawling down the wall There is a delight in the verbal descriptions of visual things, as well as the unfolding of the story of the Pontifex family and their generational flaws Sure, there are PLENTY of digressions and tangents, but you get that with this particular era of writing Although some might consider it stuffy you have to dig the [...]


    14. I liked it as much as I liked Erewhon I didn t like Erewhon This one started OK, but after the first third I lost interest I think by that time you knew what was going to happen in the entire book, and that s pretty much what happened very few surprises I never cared about anyone in the book No one with a child seemed to care about them in the least Oh, and the narrator seemed creepy to me.


    15. Is this book a biography, autobiography, or novel It reads like a biography, but is a fictionalized account of the author s life, so in a sense it is all three This is the story of a young man, Ernest, who studies to be a clergyman but ends up leaving the faith His life is set in context of the generations who came before him, so we learn about his father and grandfather for several chapters before we meet the main character The whole novel is essentially a commentary on family life and parent c [...]


    16. Butler may not have adhered to any school of thought but I found in this a strange quasi mixture of both existentialist and naturalist thinking The damnest thing that Butler has done is to trace lineal history, as some kind of psychoanalytic background, in order to create a mesh that would explain the particularity of the main character Ernest s upbringing.In fact, the climax of the work, if there is indeed one, comes in pretty late when Ernest is forced into prison and nearly dies because he is [...]


    17. This one sort of recalled Of Human Bondage, another autobiographical novel where the protagonist bottoms out for a good chunk of the middle portion before finally and predictably ascending to a state of success contentment I think I m finally figuring out that these early 20th century bildungsromans aren t my cup of tea Even when engagingly written, like this or Maugham s, and even when presenting philosophies with which I agree, they remain too sterile and usually bloated for me to greatly enjo [...]


    18. Butler s narrator rarely asserts his identity, and it would be easy to miss his name, Overton But in fact he is a very valuable actor in the life of his godson, who is ever present as a safety net ready to save his godson, Ernest Pontifex, by lending him money that comes out of the inheritance due to him from his well disposed aunt Old John Pontifex, a simple man who earned a private fortune, bequeaths both a capacity for accumulating wealth and for enjoying the things he earns But these capacit [...]


    19. The Way of All Flesh is a scathing indictment on Victorian middle class society, its religion, and its religious practices The ideas contained in the novel are worth considering, and the narrator is certainly gives thoughtful voice to many of the extremes of the time And one cannot fault Butler for wanting to indict his parents, who subjected him to the same sort of physical, mental, and emotional assaults that Ernest endured The problem was that Butler couched his ideas in a novel, and used sem [...]


    20. I enjoyed Butler s semi autobiographical novel far than Sons And Lovers And much than A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man Was there some requirement that turn of the century novelists from the British isles write such a work Although written some 30 years earlier, I found it much accessible to the modern reader Framing the entire story as a second hand account from someone who was occasionally involved in the plot but in general was told about things long after the fact helps, I believe W [...]


    21. I wasn t familiar with Samuel Butler prior to borrowing this book from the library, but it makes me want to dig up some of his plays This book is an autobiography that tells the story of the Pontifex family culminating on the focus of Ernest Butler spends the entire book mocking Victorian Era behaviors for their hypocrisy Ernest has spent his life with some intolerable characters namely his totally weird and self absorbed parents , and Butler examines what that has done to the outcome of his lif [...]


    22. At its best the humor in this book really reminded me of Middlemarch, which is high praise I really love the Victorian use of understatement to highlight absurdity and Butler is frequently masterful in this regard It was sometimes embarrassing to be reading this on the train, because I d be giggling so much.That said, where this book falls short, even at its best, is that while Eliot seemed genuinely fond of most of her characters, Butler s comedy is almost always the comedy of contempt He seeme [...]


    23. I hereby vow to myself to never again pick up random titles in the Classics section of a used bookstore simply because I have a credit at the store that is burning a hole in my pocket, and because I live 30 minutes away and do not wish to return any time soon.That s how I picked this up, some years ago, and after only a few pages have decreed it not something I wish to read If that makes me less of an intellectual, I embrace my shallowness.If this was a movie, and I watched it in my home theater [...]


    24. This was an interesting book that I feel speaks a little to my life story At times, I was able to identify quite well with some of the religious apprehension the protagonist, Earnest Pontifex, has throughout his life It is comforting to read that people at the turn of the century had the same questions about life as we do today despite such different circumstances While this is a thought provoking read, it is a dense, rather dull read and I found myself reading something lighter simultaneously.


    25. The novel traces the development of the Pontifex family over four generations Traits are handed down Ernest the hero of the book, an outcast of conventional society, is the most self fulfilled and materially successful of all the Pontifexes He ensures that his own children are not brought up by a Pontifex there is too much at stake he bears the scars of a Pontifex childhood I enjoyed reading this but the author does not have the easiest of writing styles.


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