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FatherCraneMadeMeDoIt rated it 2 years ago
This book was definitely weird. While I understand it is written as a satire, most of it went over my head since it is so specific to the time period in which it was written. The notes on the text helped so I got a basic understanding, but still did not get the majority of what Swift was saying. How...
Url Phantomhive
Url Phantomhive rated it 2 years ago
I first came in contact with Swift's Modest Proposal in school where we read certain passages. I was immediately smitten with the nice way in which he wrote his satire. It is so businesslike that it is almost hard at first glance not to agree with his arguments and business strategy. That is, of cou...
Murder by Death
Murder by Death rated it 3 years ago
I'm going to claim "read" on this one even though I haven't strictly read everything inside the covers. I got through most of it, but after a rather arduous 30+ page rhyming poem, I couldn't make it much further though the rest (which was largely more poetry). The book is cute, if anything over 1...
A Man With An Agenda
A Man With An Agenda rated it 3 years ago
I feel cheated. I finally read 'Gulliver's Travels', as printed in the set of Windermere Readers my father had saved from childhood, and I discover that despite it not being marked as such in any way, its abridged! Damn you Eisenhower America! Oh well, if I missed a giant penis joke and a slur again...
Reader! Reader!
Reader! Reader! rated it 4 years ago
This small collection contains 5 of Swift's satirical pieces. "A Modest Proposal" is definitely the best of them. It is strong, the writing is deadpan, and it is also the easiest for a modern reader to understand. It is excellent. I do know that people read it and don't understand it is satire. It i...
SunriseHues rated it 4 years ago
What a stinging satire on English politics.The most intriguing is how Gulliver's mindset has changed over the course of four discrete voyages and comes to think of his circumstances differently upon his return home. The allegories and satire appear to elude many who simply look at the story at face ...
XLeptodactylous rated it 4 years ago
Satirical musings upon the state of Ireland in the 18th Century, wherein the author of Gulliver's Travels tries to provide ways in which the country could provide for itself in an unusual manner...A mixture of satirical and semi-realistic essays with some poetry thrown in, A Modest Proposal illumina...
philoSophie rated it 4 years ago
Funny, but not funny like "haha", funny like "yikes".
My Reading World!
My Reading World! rated it 4 years ago
newstory rated it 4 years ago
this novel is one of the best novels in 18th century as we know , every satirist is a reformer , as the satire always aims to correcting humans follies and human vices swift in this book had pinpointed the follies and vices which he had witnessed in the english society of his time
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