- Series: Vintage Contemporaries
- Paperback: 213 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage Contemporaries Ed edition (August 30, 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0679750096
- ISBN-13: 978-0679750093
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,693 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Evolution Man: Or, How I Ate My Father Paperback – August 30, 1994
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This humorous account of an upwardly mobile Pleistocene family's life was first published in 1960.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
About the Author
Roy Lewis was an English author and journalist. He was born in 1913 and for many years wrote for The Times and The Economist. He is best known for his novel The Evolution Man. Lewis died in 1996.
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Roy Lewis (re)creates a prehistoric tribe that has all the dry practicality of a mid-20th century American or English suburban family. In fact, that's essentially what they are; they just happen to live in a cave in the Pleistocene. The humor of Lewis' characters lies in the prescience he imbues in them: they are keenly aware they are evolving, and they'll do everything they can to do it right. Thus the laughs are in the modern parallels: the book was first published in 1960, just after a decade of the post-war, space-age optimism--tempered with a healthy dose of fear of the Red Menace--that flooded the United States and Europe. In short, Lewis' prehistoric family maintains the same "can-do, future's so bright" outlook that was found in much of the post-war 1950s West. Consider the opening lines:
"When the winds blew strongly from the North, bringing an icy reminder that the great ice-cap was still advancing, we used to pile all our stores of brushwood and broken trees in front of the cave, make a really roaring fire, and tell ourselves that however far south it came this time, even in Africa, we could meet it and beat it."
The stone-age family is kept on track by the father, who is ever concerned with his brood's evolutionary progress and is always vigilant for any sign of regression. Upon seeing a child still crawling at age two, he yells: "We started walking upright back in the Miocene, and if you think I am going to tolerate the destruction of millions of years of progress...you are mistaken. Keep that child on his hind legs..."
Of course, as the subtitle of the book indicates, even the most foresighted caveman will fail to make fire eventually. And then the next generation takes over. You can't stop progress. But you MUST read this book.
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