Classic novel, “Erewhon”, by Samuel Butler can be downloaded in pdf format for free from Planet eBook.
Erewhon, or Over the Range is a novel by Samuel Butler, published anonymously in 1872. The title is also the name of a country, supposedly discovered by the protagonist. In the novel, it is not revealed in which part of the world Erewhon is, but it is clear that it is a fictional country. Butler meant the title to be read as the word Nowhere backwards, even though the letters “h” and “w” are transposed. It is likely that he did this to protect himself from accusations of being unpatriotic, although Erewhon is obviously a satire of Victorian society.
The first few chapters of the novel, dealing with the discovery of Erewhon, are in fact based on Butler’s own experiences in New Zealand where, as a young man, he worked as a sheep farmer for about four years (1860–1864) and explored parts of the interior of the South Island. (One of the country’s largest sheep farms, located near where Butler lived, is named “Erewhon” in his honour. It is near Mesopotamia Station, another large sheep farm).
Format(s): PDF (1.11 MB)
Number of pages: 308