Around 250 pages
I was not looking forward to this book in the slightest. The description makes it sound like a rather dull reimagining of Gulliver's Travels and we all know how I feel about Jonathan Swift. And by "all" I mean my mother.
Our narrator stumbles upon Erewhon, a nation with rather backward principles. They try people in court for contracting illnesses and believe machines to be evil. Of course, our narrator comes across a hot native and decides to escape with her. The author is more concerned about describing the Erewhon nation (and thereby criticizing Victorian society) than laying out much of a plot.
Obviously by now, the idea of finding beauty in a society that initially seems stunted is a bit of a cliche. I didn't exactly hate it, but I didn't find the country of Erewhon to be nearly as interesting as the narrator wanted me to. I always want a good story, not merely observations. The love story seemed like it was thrown together to give this book some semblance of a plot, but I wasn't buying it.
Praised by George Orwell.
Was published anonymously and sold extremely well. It was generally believed that the author was a famous person, like Lord Lytton.
UP NEXT: The Devils by Fyodor Dostoevsky. This is the last Dostoevsky novel on the List and he is going out with a 800 page bang.