Gulliver's Travels / A Modest Proposal
By turns a children's fantasy and a social satire for adults, Gulliver's Travels is one of the most popular adventure tales of all time. "A Modest Proposal," also an imaginative, enduring work, is political lampoonery at its finest.
This Enriched Classic Edition includes:
A concise introduction that gives readers...more
A Modest Proposal, was hilarious, in my opinion. Reading it once as-is and then again keeping in mind the satirical nature of ...more
Gulliver's travels reminds me of Twain's Innocents Abroad. Both are travel narratives and not really "novels" in the traditional sense--if at all. Swift and Twain's works are also united by their satirical intentions, though I must admit that much of ...more
If you have never read "A Modest Proposal" I highly recommend it. Swift mocks some of his contemporaries and their methods for solving social problems, ...more
I stayed up until 11:37pm last night, finishing it, so I wouldn't have to endure such misery any longer.
Basically: The book is terrible. It was a good idea, I could see the potential, but the author ruined it with all the crudeness and unpleasant descriptions of some things. And also the part in which he basically goes insane.
Maybe a retelling is in order.
In a slightly more modern, or slightly more ancient setting. Possibly with time traveling. And dr ...more
A Modest Proposal, like the third book of Gulliver's Travels, also stands t ...more
What I learned from this book can be summed up in this quote:
"...For they have no conception how a rational creature can be compelled, but only advised, or exhorted; because no person can disobey reason, without giving up his claim to be a rational creature."
The beautiful and noble Houyhnhnms were, of course, my favorite characters.
I am understanding the satire much more as an adult than I did as a young adult reading required reading.