Forgotten Classics: “Evolution Man”September 29, 2008 at 6:37 pm | Posted in Fiction, Forgotten Classics | 2 Comments
Here is another book I stumbled across in the library one day. In fact, it was in my high school library, a place where new acquisitions were rare enough that there was still space for things from the 60s and 70s that might have been thrown away elsewhere. (Our collection of Deutsche Grammophon records sat almost entirely untouched until I showed up). Evolution Man: Or, How I Ate My Father, by Roy Lewis, was first published in 1960 and was recently reissued in paperback.
It’s the story of a Pleistocene family in which the father gets tired of the slow pace of evolution. He begins pressing his family to hurry up and invent things. There’s a certain measure of stress over this, and the subtitle intimates the family reaction to his agenda. Lord, is it funny. It’s a really quick read, and the edition I read had silly cartoon illustrations for added fun.