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Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
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Apr 30, 2012

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The fucking guy who decided to publish Gulliver's Travels in an abridged form for the children should be hanged by his balls over the top of a pool full of sharks. What a waste of a story. This is a brilliant satire of the human mind and its games. It is a mockery of the politics and social life of the time, the book was written in 18th century and the human race can proudly claim that it has preserved the moronic genes intact since last 200 odd years.
Few gems from the book:

"Of so little weight are the greatest services to princes, when put into the balance with a refusal to gratify their passions"

"such constant irreconcilable enemies to science are the common people."

"that every senator in the great council of a nation, after he had delivered his opinion, and argued in the defence of it, should be obliged to give his vote directly contrary; because if that were done, the result would infallibly terminate in the good of the public.”

"Neither are any wars so furious and bloody, or of so long a continuance, as those occasioned by difference in opinion, especially if it be in things indifferent"

"the trade of a soldier is held the most honourable of all others; because a soldier is a Yahoo hired to kill, in cold blood, as many of his own species, who have never offended him, as possibly he can"

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message 1: by Newnoob (new)

Newnoob Totally agree with you on this one. The tendency to bowdlerize and disney-fy Classic tales is not even limited to children's book either. I was bewildered when i found a copy of Moby dick in a friendly 100 page avatar complete with cute illustrations. The 'Abridged Version' is actually a euphemism for 'cleansed and politically correct(ed) version to suit contemporary sensibilities'

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