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   The Narrator of Samuel Butler's Erewhon (nowhere spelled backwards) finds himself lost in some nameless tropical country he is exporing when he comes across a very European-like society previously unknown in the larger world. At first he is taken to prison, where he discovers that in this society, sickness is looked at as a crime. When he is released, he lives with an Erewhonian family and learns about their society. Once they were very advanced in terms of machines, but after awhile they discovered that the machines were making them weak, and so they got rid of them. Now the only machines are in museums. Later he falls in love with an Erewhonian woman.
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Butler writes what has come to be known as a dystopia, a book which creates a world that is opposite of the ideal world of the utopia.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   surviving repressive dictatorship Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () The Americas (not US):    -   Yes The Americas:    -   South

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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