- Publisher: CCV (October 1, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099511398
- ISBN-13: 978-0099511397
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.6 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,166,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Vintage Satire: "Gulliver's Travels," "Atomised"
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"Gulliver's Travels: Swift's world-famous satire was an instant bestseller...his vision is dark, often verging on the obscene" -- Robert McCrum Guardian "Gulliver's Travels: It is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery" -- Alexander Pope "Atomised: Very moving, gloriously, extravagantly filthy and very funny" Independent "Atomised: A brave and rather magnificent book" Daily Telegraph
About the Author
Jonathan Swift was born on 30 November 1667 in Dublin, and educated at Trinity College and Oxford University. After working for a time as secretary to Sir William Temple in England, Swift was ordained as a priest of the Church of Ireland and returned to Dublin in 1695. In 1713 he became Dean of St Patrick's. The first of his major satirical works, A Tale of a Tub, was published in 1704 and through his writing he became close friends with the poet Pope. Together with other writers, they founded a literary group called the Martinus Scriblerus Club in 1714. Gulliver's Travels (1726) is the only book for which he received any money and he never wrote under his own name. He died on 19 October 1745 and was buried in St Patrick's. Michel Houellebecq lives in County Cork, Ireland. He is the bestselling author of Whatever, Atomised, Platform, Lanzarote and The Possibility of an Island. He is also a poet, essayist and rap artist.
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Most people have heard of "Gulliver's Travels" and (because so few have actually read it) typically what immediately comes to mind is the vision of Gulliver being tied down by a multitude of Lilliputians. In fact Swift's book is a fascinating, satirical depiction of the absurdity of humans generally, and human nature specifically. With the book having been written circa 1730, of course, as with other classics, it clearly demonstrates the immutability of "human nature" over the entire span of written history, and Gulliver's characters reflect this fact perfectly. But this classic has been reviewed comprehensively by many, so there's not much more I can add, except if you haven't read it, you should. You might be amazed.
As for Houellebecq, to me his writing is irresistible, in that you never know what's coming next. He has to be read to be appreciated. Again, others have provided comprehensive insights into what is for me his special way of conveying the craziness of so much of what (we) humans do. His unique, dark cynicism has impelled me to read all his (translated) novels.