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A Modest Proposal Paperback – October 12, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-1453691694 ISBN-10: 1453691693

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 24 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (October 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1453691693
  • ISBN-13: 978-1453691694
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.1 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #505,247 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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Jonathan Swift (1667 1745), a poet, satirist, and clergyman, published many satirical works, among them A Modest Proposal.

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I had to read this in high school.
Ethan Thomas Giles
Short, clear, this is how a satire is written.
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Loved the satire - beautifully written.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Robbins on April 5, 2014
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Swift's "modest" proposal has been talked about for centuries. Because some readers may not have learned of it yet, I won't say exactly what it is, as I don't want to spoil the fun for those readers encountering Swift for the first time. I only want to say that if you've read Swift's Gulliver's Travels, then you will almost certainly want to read A Modest Proposal. It will certainly help demostrate the uniqueness, literary skill and bold imagination of this gifted author.
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...whether stewed, roasted, baked or boiled." Never in my life would I have guessed that the same author of the classic "Gulliver's Travels" could come up with this outright horror tale. Obviously it's meant as satire, but talk about raising the hairs on the back of my neck! How about this passage for sheer terror "A child will make two dishes at an entertainment for friends, and when the family dines alone, the fore or hind quarter will make a reasonable dish, and seasoned with a little pepper or salt, will be very good on the fourth day." Had to save the second half of the book for dessert as my hunger for horror is quite quenched for now, but definitely a most satisfying book that will yet linger on my palate well after the oh so brief taste!
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The most horrendous things are best said in satire.

And, really, when you pit actual physical cannibalism against the social and economic flesh-eating habits of unscrupulous bureaucrats and policy makers, the scales of cruelty might just tip one way or the other.

This is the point Swift so brilliantly makes in a short but powerful essay.
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By matthew homan on June 27, 2014
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A fantastic and fun satire that still feels as disturbingly honest and relevant today as it was when it was written.
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By PJW on May 13, 2014
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It is apporximately 20 pages of info about how to fix an economy. It was written long ago in a very sick way....
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Absolutely a must read especially if one does not know the premise of this work it will be shockingly funny.
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By Michael Rowan on March 12, 2014
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This is one of the sickest but funniest things that i have ever read. I just can't imagine what could have possibly been the inspiration for this
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By John M on March 7, 2014
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A keen and imaginative wit what keeps you moving, An unbelievable plot that is almost believable, if you follow current events.
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