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Directions to Servants

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Directions to Servants is one of Jonathan Swift’s last completed works. It displays all his caustic skill as a satirist and his unerring eye for the little annoyances of life. Taking the form of a handbook of manners, and addressed to each servant individually, Directions to Servants is the ultimate upstairs/downstairs battle. With scathing wit, Swift pits master against s...more
Paperback, 96 pages
Published September 1st 2003 by Hesperus Press (first published 1731)
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Tom O'Connor
Mar 05, 2010 Tom O'Connor rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of Swift
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As with everything by Swift, this book is funny, caustic and unrelenting. The only problem is that it is so limited in scope. Very much a "One Trick Pony". It also, by its very nature is somewhat limited by its topical nature. I enjoyed it, but could not rank it with "Gulliver's Travels", or " A Tale of A Tub" (Which I've just started).
Conoscevo Swift solo per I viaggi di Gulliver, e pensavo quindi all’autore come dedito alla satira e all’ironia, pur non conoscendo praticamente niente della sua vita.
Sono rimasto sorpreso di scoprire che ha diviso la sua esistenza tra l’Inghilterra e l’Irlanda, e ancora più sorpreso di saperlo pastore.
Non mi ha sorpreso affatto, invece, la sua produzione satirica.

Questo libro rientra pienamente in questa produzione satirica, anche se purtroppo buona parte dell’umorismo si perde a causa dei 300...more
Kayla Tornello
I always enjoy good satire and Jonathan Swift is a master. This was a short little book, but it was packed full of biting satire. Unfortunately, Swift never finished this piece, so some parts are just mere snippets. This book is obviously very dated, but I was very interested in learning about the duties of servants of that time period.
Rubén Cantor
Aunque sea una obra inconclusa, logra destacar por su gran ingenio y descaro. Perfecto para leer en voz alta ante conocidos y robarles una risotada.
"While Grace is saying after Meat, do you and your Brethren take the Chairs from behind the Company, so that when they go to sit again, they may fall backwards, which will make them all merry; but be you so discreet as to hold your Laughter til you get to the Kitchen, and then divert your Fellow-servants."


"Never wear Socks when you wait at Meals, on the Account of your own Health, as well as of them who sit at Table; because most Ladies like the Smell of young Mens Toes, so it is a sovereign...more
Yamilet Motte
¡Sarcasmo del más fino! ¡Garantizado!
I thought it would be great to read this since I've become an Downton Abbey fan, but I was disappointed with this so called handbook for servants. It may be the difference in the era, but some of his advice wasn't nice.
Ilkikurinen pienten ohjeiden kokoelma, joka osoittaa Swiftin satiirin terävyyden, mutta on yhteen putkeen luettaessa tylsistyttävä.
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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. Swi...more
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