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Erewhon Revisited (Erewhon #2)

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Erewhon, set in a thinly disguised New Zealand, ended with the escape of its protagonist from the native Erewhonians by balloon. In the sequel, narrated by his son John. Higgs returns to Erewhon and meets his former lover Yram, who is now the mother of his son George. He discovers that he is now worshipped as "the Sunchild." He finds himself in danger from the villainous P ...more
Paperback, 168 pages
Published June 20th 2006 by Echo Library (first published 1901)
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Feb 03, 2013 MisterFweem rated it it was amazing
I look at this book as a peek into what I call the "Fear the Man Who Knows" syndrome. You get a person who becomes recognized for some achievement, be it politics, science, scholarship, or what have you, and either he or she begins to think they're experts (Experts, Bob!) in every subject under the sun, their devoted public and/or the media think the same, or, worse of all both the person and the public/media complex believe it. So whatever they say is golden, even if it's basically a Poo-Poo Pl ...more
Sep 01, 2015 David rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Higgs has done well writing religious tracts, and he has encountered again the aged native, Chowbok who engages missionary societies in England with his efforts to bring the Gospel to the unwashed masses in his native land.

The land of Erewhon has undergone a massive cultural shift because of his influence, and in twenty years has become an entirely fresh canvas on which has been painted an entire society.

Mar 05, 2016 Sancho rated it it was ok
This is an ok novel. It tells the story of a man named Higgs who left Erewhon, a fictional land, on a balloon. John, his son, tells the story of his return after many years. Higgs finds that he is now worshipped as the "Sun Child," that a whole mythology has been created since his departure. Although he is the returning god, he faces danger when professors Hanky and Panky, who are the protectors of "Sundchildism," realize his presence and the threat it represents for all this charade that they h ...more
Jan 17, 2008 Kirt rated it liked it
So, I finished Erewhon Revisted, the sequel to the satire I had read earlier. I liked the sequel better, though you really need to have read the first book to enjoy it fully. Regardless, the storyline is more engaging, albiet at the expense of the satirical issues, which are toned down but still very much present, mainly benig concerned with issues of religion. I felt much more human sympathy for the characters this time around...
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]It's a classic lost world/utopia satire, first published in 1870 (though this is the revision of thirty years later). The writing is stodgily Victorian in places, but it is enlivened by Butler's na
Jul 21, 2013 Celia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Better then the first book thought you need to read it to understand what is happening in this book. It is very suprisingly sentimental. The hero of the first book returns to Erewhon to ind out he has been made a god. Butler is his most effective in making fun of religion.
May 29, 2010 Ems rated it liked it
bought this by accident when actually looking for the original erewhon.. doh.. will give it a go still though
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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
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