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review 2016-11-20 08:00
A Modest Proposal
A Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift

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 course, only until you stop for a moment to consider what he has just proposed.

This collection shows it nicely, I would certainly recommend reading it.

Little Black Classics #8

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text 2015-07-02 07:14
June Roundup
Gilead - Marilynne Robinson
Citizen: An American Lyric - Claudia Rankine
The Secret Lives of Buildings: From the Ruins of the Parthenon to the Vegas Strip in Thirteen Stories - Edward Hollis
Land of Love and Drowning: A Novel - Tiphanie Yanique
A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works - Jonathan Swift
Hunger - Knut Hamsun,George Egerton
Honey in the Horn - Harold L. Davis Honey in the Horn - Harold L. Davis
Tiny Houses - Mimi Zeiger
Early Warning: A novel - Jane Smiley
Truesight - David Stahler Jr.

Total books: 10

Fiction: 7

Nonfiction: 2

Poetry/essays: 2

 

1001 list books: 2

Pulitzer winners: 2

 

Not bad, a good mix of things.

 

Favorite read of the month: Land of Love and Drowning

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review 2015-06-13 06:26
A Modest Proposal and other satirical works
A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works - Jonathan Swift

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 is satire! Swift is not actually suggesting people eat children. (The ridiculous policies for Ireland's poor came during the potato famine--and even then the eating of children was not a policy.)

 

Other essays in this collection:

The Battle of the Books (sections are missing; references many of Swift's contemporaries, who are generally unknown now)

A Meditation Upon a Broomstick (short and clever)

A Discourse Concerning the Mechanical Operation of the Spirit (not my cup of tea, but I am not sure I have the background needed to fully understand)

An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity in England (this was my second favorite and is very tongue in cheek; I am not clear how Swift actually felt, or if it even matters)

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review 2015-03-25 00:00
A Modest Proposal
A Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift 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 illuminates the writings of Swift quite well. He is obviously very concerned about the state of his country, Ireland, and deals out various ways in which the country can regain its footing again. Mostly concerning the ways in which children can become very helpful towards their state, it combines right-wing thinking with left-wing humour. There is one surprise you could not fail to notice, which is quite ridiculous considering how well written it was at first. I very nearly believed him.
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review 2015-03-10 00:00
A Modest Proposal
A Modest Proposal - Jonathan Swift Funny, but not funny like "haha", funny like "yikes".
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