Teaser Tuesday: The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

I set a goal in 2011 to read (or re-read) the books on the Modern Library’s Top 100 list.  My goal this year is to make 10 of the 50 books I plan to read from that list. It’s been since September that I’ve read any from the list so I thought I’d better return to it. The last two I read (1984 and Brave New World) ranked high on the list (13 and 5, respectively), and I enjoyed both. The Way of All Flesh is ranked # 12, so hopefully I will like this one just as much. Plus, George Orwell, the author of my favorite read from 2013 (1984) praised the book. Here is an excerpt:

The Way of All Flesh“Those were the days in which all great things seemed far off, and we were astonished to find that Napoleon Bonaparte was an actually living person. We had thought such a great man could only have lived a very long time ago, and here he was after all almost as it were at our own doors. This lent colour to the view that the Day of Judgement might indeed be nearer that we had thought, but the nurse said it was all right now, and she knew.”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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