Sunday, July 21, 2013
165. Erewhon by Samuel Butler
First published anonymously in 1872, this novel is set in nineteenth-century New Zealand. A young man leaves the sheep station he's employed at to scout out distant valleys in the hope of finding pasture land he can claim for himself. What he discovers is the land of Erewhon (Nowhere) and its odd civilization. All machines and technology have been destroyed and outlawed. Being sick is treated as a crime and crime is treated as illness. Interesting social and political satire that can, to some extent, be applied today.