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Return to Book Page. Preview — Erewhon Revisited by Samuel Butler. Erewhon Revisited Erewhon 2 by Samuel Butler. 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.
With George's help Higgs escapes from their clutches and returns to England. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published June 20th by Echo Library first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews.
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Erewhon Revisited , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Erewhon Revisited Erewhon , 2. May 05, Ed Erwin rated it liked it Shelves: sf , fantasy. What if Jesus or some other religious figure came back, saw his followers, and said "Wait! That's not what I meant!
But, in , you can only do that with satire. Higgs left the hidden land of Erewhon at the end of book 1 in a balloon. When he returns he finds that a church has sprung up around this miracle of the Sun Child returning to his heavenly father. Eyewitnesses report having seen horses magically flying alongside him -- actually birds -- and have pr What if Jesus or some other religious figure came back, saw his followers, and said "Wait!
Eyewitnesses report having seen horses magically flying alongside him -- actually birds -- and have preserved some of their holy poop. The religion is based around badly remembered versions of things Higgs said on his previous visit, some of which were Christian sayings.
No man in his senses would dream of such a thing. It would be asking a supposed all-powerful being not to forgive his sins at all, or at best to forgive them imperfectly. No; Yram got it wrong. Parts of this are funny. It is like a rough sketch for a Discworld novel. And I suspect Pratchett was inspired by parts of this.
Example: there is an Erewhonian bird with a song that sounds like "More Pork". Could this be the origin of Ankh Morpork? There also seems to be a bit of the idea for the "thieves guild". This thing drags in many places, repeating stuff we've already been told 3 or 4 times.
I had to force myself to finish this, even though some parts were very funny, other parts were dreary. Some of the bits I like: When children are too good, they can be sent to a "deformatory" to learn to lie a least a little.
How can she detect lying in other people unless she has had some experience of it in her own practice? How, again, can she learn when it will be well for her to lie, and when to refrain from doing so, unless she has made many a mistake on a small scale while at an age when mistakes do not greatly matter? Higgs decides not to try to hard to correct or replace the corrupted religion because, thinking back on his own Victorian England: " Can any one believe that he would go on rolling that stone year after year and seeing it roll down again unless he liked seeing it?
The probability is that he got to enjoy the downward rush of his stone, and very likely amused himself by so timing it as to cause the greatest scare to the greatest number of the shades that were below. This could be a 5-star book if half the text were edited out. Mar 08, Pritam Chattopadhyay rated it really liked it. Higgs, the narrator, visits Erewhon after twenty long years and is flabbergasted to find out that his getaway in a balloon has been taken as an enormous marvel.
A religion has matured around it. Higgs himself is worshipped and revered as the progeny of the sun. A magnamnimous shrine is on the verge of being dedicated in his honour. Professors Hanky and Panky have ingeniously utilized the gullibility of the commoners and the Musical Banks have adopted the new religion of 'Sunchildism'.
Horrified Higgs, the narrator, visits Erewhon after twenty long years and is flabbergasted to find out that his getaway in a balloon has been taken as an enormous marvel. Horrified at the waywardness he has done and driven to extreme anxiety by the outrageous sermon preached by Hanky at the dedication, Higgs divulges himself, but is quietly led away. A conference follows to decide the future course of action about the new religion.
Eventually Higgs is taken out of the country. Feb 03, MisterFweem rated it it was amazing. 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! So whatever they say is golden, even if it's basically a Poo-Poo Platter. Here Butler presents us with a journey back to Erewhon, where protagonist Higgs sees a society that has corrupted what he said and turned it into a religion -- something he certainly didn't intend.
An element of the one-footed man and the land of the plum puddings is there in that the strict followers of Sunchildism -- the religion some invent to follow the mangled sayings of Higgs -- wear their clothing backwards because the dummy on which they displayed Higgs' clothing was worn out and ambiguous to begin with.
I'm babbling now. But go read this one. Interesting study on belief where none was intended in the first place. Jan 03, Arjun rated it it was amazing. EREWHON is a novel we enjoyed reading because the novel leaves us in the full flow of so many imagery like the balloon and the statues.
The Samuel Butler masterpiece is a good read because the novel has a detailed introduction station how long it consumed Butler to write each line and paragraph. The Erewhon classic is a revised book and well appreciated by readers like myself to appear as a page turner.
The conclusion for this book is that the novel has merit by the revision for our sake and th EREWHON is a novel we enjoyed reading because the novel leaves us in the full flow of so many imagery like the balloon and the statues. The conclusion for this book is that the novel has merit by the revision for our sake and that Butler who is a prolific writer is not second to anyone that is writer.
The Erewhon is a place like Malgudi where people are strange and butler writes his way through that finished work until the last page meeting our soaring expectations. The novel is true to conclude as a work to good read after reading. This review holds true that a novel can be a learning experience to learn English by developing reading skill and being satisfied when finished. Sep 19, 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 This is an ok novel.
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 have mounted, and specially to the power they have gained over the Erewhonians. This does not seem like a fictional story, at all. Jan 17, Kirt rated it liked it. So, I finished Erewhon Revisted, the sequel to the satire I had read earlier.
Higgs, as I suppose I may now call him, had made his escape in the balloon with Arowhena. Given a people in the conditions supposed to exist in Erewhon, and given the apparently miraculous ascent of a remarkable stranger into the heavens with an earthly bride—what would be the effect on the people generally? There was no use in trying to solve this problem before, say, twenty years should have given time for Erewhonian developments to assume something like permanent shape, and in I was too busy with books now published to be able to attend to Erewhon. It was not till the early winter of , i. Now the development of all new religions follows much the same general course. In all cases the times are more or less out of joint—older faiths are losing their hold upon the masses. At such times, let a personality appear, strong in itself, and made to seem still stronger by association with some supposed transcendent miracle, and it will be easy to raise a Lo here!
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