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The Battle Of The Books

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While things were in this ferment, discord grew extremely high; hot words passed on both sides, and ill blood was plentifully bred. Here a solitary Ancient, squeezed up among a whole shelf of Moderns, offered fairly to dispute the case, and to prove by manifest reason that the priority was due to them from long possession, and in regard of their prudence, antiquity, and, a ...more
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published 1704)
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Jan 22, 2015 Smita rated it really liked it
As it happens with Swift, I'm lying on the floor with tears of laughter streaming down my face. It's a very short book and ends very abruptly, though. Gah, I can't even spoil it :/
I need to talk to someone who has read it!!!
Jul 25, 2014 Pierre rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un pequeño libro que permite entender la actitud esquizofrénica del humano, siempre buscando dicotomías... Aunque quizá sea inevitable que en filosofía exista la división entre Antiguos y Modernos (acá los posmodernos no existen), no hay mejor manera de entender la postura de cada bando que con peras y manzanas, o mucho mejor dicho: con abejas y arañas. Es por esto último que el libro termina siendo una fábula filosófica (¿histórica?) en donde los humanos no son los protagonistas sino su encarna ...more
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Mar 14, 2015 Nick Bond rated it it was ok
Swift writes a short satire about the constant battle between past and present. He paints a far less flattering picture of Renaissance/Enlightenment authors than of ancients, despite living in an age now viewed as a major turning point in Western thought. There are some colorful moments, but in the end I was grateful that he chose not to extend it into a longer form.
Apr 18, 2015 Fariba rated it liked it
I did not know much about the vast majority of the philosophers mentioned in this work.

1/23/2016 What a difference a year makes! I picked up on a lot more of the philosophical references this time around because I recently learned about the Battle of the Books in France between Perrault and Boileau.
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Jun 08, 2015 Pashew Majeed rated it really liked it
A fine battle of thoughts between the Ancients and the moderns, the classics and the contemporary. I recently found out about this short piece of Swift, but it is absolutely a fun and thought provoking read. Although there are many names and figures that I have never heard of, but you still get to know a very little about them int his satirical piece of Swift.
Jun 25, 2013 Ángel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Original fábula que, mediante un enfrentamiento militar entre libros de autores clásicos y de autores modernos, representa el enfrentamiento entre la ciencia e ilustración británica, unos defensores de la modernidad y la innovación, otros defensores de la tradición clásica.

Libro atemporal, con un final abierto, recomendable para el admirador de Swift.
Jul 18, 2015 Junkle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ευφάνταστη και επίκαιρη σάτιρα, με γρήγορη εξέλιξη. Ο Swift χειρίζεται τους συμβολισμούς, τα πρόσωπα - βιβλία και, κυρίως, τον μύθο του βουνού με έξυπνο και ταιριαστό τρόπο. Παρόλα αυτά χάνει από τη στάση που υιοθετεί στη διαμάχη.
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Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift published al ...more
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