Review: A Modest Proposal

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A Modest Proposal Book Review
A Modest Proposal is a satirical work of fiction by Jonathan Swift, written nearly 300 years ago. It is an Irish piece, originally published anonymously, but served as a way to shove stupidity in the face of the English government and wealthy. Essentially, in order to solve the problem of poverty, people should eat their children. But it was written in a very serious manner, as though it were meant to be real suggestions. Ahead of its time, it propelled Swift to the forefront of both English literature and the 18th century collection of masterpieces. My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although not very long (under 50 pages), the language is a bit outdated and requires a few translations to understand what he meant back during that period of time. The humor is undeniable. The time he took to create a solution for every aspect of the problem, as well as provide counter points, is incredibly delicious — pun intended! Though a bit too absurd, even for me, it’s still one of those parts of our English courses we all enjoy reading. It’s hilarious to a 15-year old, who may not know all the different parts of history or the way in which governmental red-tape can work. Find a few pages online after perusing this review… just sample some of the words and phrases he used. It may push you into reading the whole thing!

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3 thoughts on “Review: A Modest Proposal

    A Paradoxical Millennial said:
    May 17, 2017 at 8:11 AM

    I adore A Modest Proposal – possibly the best piece of satire ever written in the English language. Highly complex, very funny, and you are never quite sure what the ‘truth’ at the heart of the piece means.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      May 17, 2017 at 8:15 AM

      So true. Enjoyed reading it years ago. Wish I still had a copy to peruse it again.

      Fun site, been poking around a bit and following you now.


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