The Evolution Man, or, How I Ate My Father

The Evolution Man, or, How I Ate My Father

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Here is a typical Stone Age family, reimagined by Roy Lewis in this hilarious novel as characters in some glittering drawing-room comedy. Father, who has a scientific turn of mind, has just discovered fire. Mother makes sure the children finish supper, even when the plat du jour is toad. Uncle Vanya thinks that the species has been flirting with disaster ever since it began to chip flint into tools. While little Alexander has gotten himself in deep trouble by making the first cave painting: artists are always so misunderstood. Long out of print, The Evolution Man would make Charles Darwin turn over in his grave. Lewis has written a witty, intelligent satire of the lives of our remote ancestors, complete with highly revisionist accounts of everything from the origins of courtship to the staples of Pleistocene cuisine. It's the funniest thing to happen to prehistory since Raquel Welch donned a fur bikini in One Million B.C.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 213 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 13.97mm | 272g
  • Vintage Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • American ed.
  • 0679750096
  • 9780679750093
  • 86,134

About Roy Lewis

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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Rating details

3,653 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 23% (853)
4 38% (1,375)
3 28% (1,015)
2 9% (327)
1 2% (83)

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A couple of months ago I saw an episode of a UK TV book show. The authors on the program were each asked to bring in a book they wished they had written, and Terry Pratchett held this one up and gave it a good plug. It definitely doesn't disappoint - Lewis delivers a funny novel about a prehistoric family advancing technological and philosophical concepts at a pretty rapid more
by Dianna Lang
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