The Note-Books of Samuel Butler
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The Note-Books of Samuel Butler

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The whole life of some people is a kind of partial death--a long, lingering death-bed, so to speak, of stagnation and nonentity on which death is but the seal, or solemn signing, as the abnegation of all further act and deed on the part of the signer. Death robs these people of even that little strength which they appeared to have and gives them nothing but repose.
Paperback, 292 pages
Published June 19th 2006 by Echo Library (first published September 4th 1984)
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Aphoristic, brilliant, ironic. The author of Erewhon and The Way of All Flesh was a keen, and sardonic, reader and observer. Besides skewering pretense and selfishness in all its forms, he offers unusual takes on inantimate objects. Illustrative snippet: "[Such] a tool as a locomotive engine, apparently entirely separated from the body, must still from time to time, as it were, kiss the soil of the human body and be handled, and thus become incorporate with man, if it is to remain in working ord...more
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[For the author of Hudibras, see http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/... .]

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, a...more
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