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The Way of All Flesh

Samuel Butler

"I am the enfant terrible of literature and science. If I cannot, and I know I cannot, get the literary and scientific big-wigs to give me a shilling, I can, and I know I can, heave bricks into the middle of them." With The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler threw a subversive brick at the smug face of Victorian domesticity. Published in 1903, a year after Butler's death, the novel is a thinly disguised account of his own childhood and youth "in the bosom of a Christian family." With irony, wit, and sometimes rancor, he savaged contemporary values and beliefs, turning inside-out the conventional novel of a family's life through several generations. The Way of All Flesh tells the story of Ernest Pontifex and his struggles with Victorian mores, his restrictive, highly religious family, and Victorian society itself. Butler is remembered as one of the greatest of the anti-Victorians, whose ideas reflected accurately the new, more liberal society that was to come following the death of England's great Queen, and the beginning of a new era.

"I am the enfant terrible of literature and science. If I cannot, and I know I cannot, get the literary and scientific big-wigs to give me a shilling, I can, and I know I can, heave bricks into the middle of them." With The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler threw a subversive brick at the smug face of Victorian domesticity. Published in 1903, a year after Butler's death, the novel is a thinly disguised account of his own childhood and youth "in the bosom of a Christian family." With irony, wit, and sometimes rancor, he savaged contemporary values and beliefs, turning inside-out the conventional novel of a family's life through several generations. The Way of All Flesh tells the story of Ernest Pontifex and his struggles with Victorian mores, his restrictive, highly religious family, and Victorian society itself. Butler is remembered as one of the greatest of the anti-Victorians, whose ideas reflected accurately the new, more liberal society that was to come following the death of England's great Queen, and the beginning of a new era.
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"I am the enfant terrible of literature and science. If I cannot, and I know I cannot, get the literary and scientific big-wigs to give me a shilling, I can, and I know I can, heave bricks into the middle of them." With The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler threw a subversive brick at the smug face of Victorian domesticity. Published in 1903, a year after Butler's death, the novel is a thinly disguised account of his own childhood and youth "in the bosom of a Christian family." With irony, wit, and sometimes rancor, he savaged contemporary values and beliefs, turning inside-out the conventional novel of a family's life through several generations. The Way of All Flesh tells the story of Ernest Pontifex and his struggles with Victorian mores, his restrictive, highly religious family, and Victorian society itself. Butler is remembered as one of the greatest of the anti-Victorians, whose ideas reflected accurately the new, more liberal society that was to come following the death of England's great Queen, and the beginning of a new era.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Antony Ferguson

Length:

15h 22m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

11:24


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

08:58


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

08:20


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

09:03


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

12:17


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

11:07


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

08:36


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

10:01


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:15


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

11:32


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

14:56


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

12:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

08:49


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

05:41


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

13:46


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:23


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

12:42


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

11:22


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

06:55


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

07:07


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:04


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

09:20


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

06:53


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

06:41


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

07:22


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

12:35


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

12:01


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

13:02


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

07:36


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

07:30


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:08


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

10:44


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

11:28


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

10:13


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

06:56


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

14:05


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

08:54


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

10:10


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

15:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

12:25


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

10:32


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

08:13


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

11:32


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

10:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

11:24


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

09:39


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

15:59


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

18:03


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

12:08


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

07:23


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

10:46


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

10:51


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:33


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

14:06


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

06:23


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

06:28


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

08:40


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

09:14


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

06:09


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

09:48


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:24


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

06:54


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

08:54


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

10:53


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

11:05


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

10:39


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

12:25


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

11:47


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

09:49


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

11:15


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

23:50


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

08:56


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:36


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

12:18


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

05:09


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:55


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

12:33


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

09:19


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

15:59


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

09:56


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

12:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

35:02


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

12:12


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

12:40


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

28:11