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30 review for A Modest Proposal

  1. 5 out of 5

    Brian

    Last night my daughter asked me to watch what passes for comedy to pre-teens on Nickelodeon; a show low on laughs but high on laugh track. It's Halloween week and of course the thematic drum of cheap scares and slutty costumes (those of you dads that have 11 year old girls know what it is like to take a knee at the end of the show to have a side-bar chat about this topic alone) plays large when midway through the episode a six year old girl dressed like a failing barrister circa 1735 comes firin Last night my daughter asked me to watch what passes for comedy to pre-teens on Nickelodeon; a show low on laughs but high on laugh track. It's Halloween week and of course the thematic drum of cheap scares and slutty costumes (those of you dads that have 11 year old girls know what it is like to take a knee at the end of the show to have a side-bar chat about this topic alone) plays large when midway through the episode a six year old girl dressed like a failing barrister circa 1735 comes firing on stage screaming at her parents because they got her a Jonathan Swift costume instead of the requested Taylor Swift. This is where I wanted to pause live TV to tell my daughter about the original Swift, about A Modest Proposal - how our current American culture screams for someone like him to write about our never-ending race problem, our soul sucking capitalism-at-any-cost, our failed PAC-fueled political system. But my daughter is 11, I am 45, it's late on Saturday night and I don't have it in me. I watch the Jonathan Swift girl rant and rave and I drool thinking about delicious Irish babies in a white wine sauce.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sean Barrs the Bookdragon

    This made me laugh so much. It’s just so brilliantly funny. Swift adopts a very serious tone, and an authoritative voice, that almost sounds real. He delivers his proposal in such a hilariously cold way that embodies a dejected government official. I could imagine him writing this whilst struggling to keep a straight face as he mocks the English law makers. The rich looked down upon the poor and saw them as a deplorable sub species of human, which is rather ironic because without poverty there w This made me laugh so much. It’s just so brilliantly funny. Swift adopts a very serious tone, and an authoritative voice, that almost sounds real. He delivers his proposal in such a hilariously cold way that embodies a dejected government official. I could imagine him writing this whilst struggling to keep a straight face as he mocks the English law makers. The rich looked down upon the poor and saw them as a deplorable sub species of human, which is rather ironic because without poverty there wouldn’t be any riches for them. They were heartless and unempathetic to their fellow man. This was even more so in regard to the Irish. The social policy was terrible, and in his proposal Swift satirises it perfectly. He suggests that the in order to control the population, the Irish beggars should eat their own children: "I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for the landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children." He delivers facts and figures whilst contemplating breeding strategies that monitor population growth. In this, Swift delivers a wonderfully ironic argument that is just so damn funny. I would love to have been alive in this period because I would have found it even funnier. Well, unless I was one of the beggars because then I’d be starving or unless I was a lord because then I’d look like a complete idiot. Swift is such a comic genius. Penguin Little Black Classic- 08 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems. I couldn’t help it; they looked so good that I went and bought them all. I shall post a short review after reading each one. No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them! Hopefully I will find some classic authors, from across the ages, that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Elyse Walters

    One book leads to another.... After listening to the audiobook "Food: A Love Story", by Jim Gaffigan...a hilarious walking companion... I quoted a Bizzarre Line from Jim..."Maybe All Americans should just eat starving people from other nations".... my mind went elsewhere with that line ( the complete opposite with Jim... but laughed anyway).... So....getting a little more serious -- During the comments *Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)*, asked me if I had read/listened to Jonathan Swift's "A Modest One book leads to another.... After listening to the audiobook "Food: A Love Story", by Jim Gaffigan...a hilarious walking companion... I quoted a Bizzarre Line from Jim..."Maybe All Americans should just eat starving people from other nations".... my mind went elsewhere with that line ( the complete opposite with Jim... but laughed anyway).... So....getting a little more serious -- During the comments *Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)*, asked me if I had read/listened to Jonathan Swift's "A Modest Proposal". I hadn't! Doing a little research about the 'very short' satire...I first downloaded it on my Kindle for 'free' and read it... Still interested ...I downloaded the audiobook ...and listened to it The idea 'behind' "A Modest Proposal" starts with a much deeper profound purpose than Gaffigan's "Food", book. Sure, Gaffigan may had hit the button on a political- social issue with is 'eating starving people from nations', -- by accident... But Jim wrote about Food ... primarily because he likes to eat. It's a topic he knows about, and he's a comedian. Jonathan Swift had a clear intention with this 'tongue-and-cheek' ....( hilarious and somewhat repulsive), satire. His short story was definitely a Political and social issue satire. This book was first published in 1789. There were many starving and poor people in Ireland. Reading & listening to this small satire gave me a deeper appreciation for St. Patrick's day which was just celebrated a few days ago. Irish people were living in villages owned by wealthy English landowners..and for years lived under the power of The English Parliament. Swift set out to address the serious issue of poverty. His 'modest' proposal was to eat useless babies ...( by his calculations there were about 120 thousand)... which would help curb the population growth. Swift's imagination of profits and benefits, ( for wealthy England), from the Irish babies skin --( ladies gloves - men's boots)...was so creepy. .... It was all creepy ... with the undertone being a very sad time in history. Given how absurd this 'entire' story is -- I can only conclude Swift was pointing out the obvious ridiculousness ----people were fighting over land, money, and religion...when people were 'starving'. The modest proposal wasn't 'modest' at all... It was an earthquake ... Hoping to wake people up and move people into more humane actions.

  4. 5 out of 5

    James

    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 b 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. 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! About Me For those new to me or my reviews... here's the scoop: I read A LOT. I write A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you'll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I've visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. [polldaddy poll=9729544]

  5. 4 out of 5

    Scribble Orca

    Goodreaders, my Friends, “…who peruse this [Review], Be not offended, whilst on it you [chew]: Denude yourselves of all depraved affection, For it contains no badness, nor infection: 'Tis true that it brings forth to you no birth Of any value, but in point of mirth; Thinking therefore how sorrow might your mind Consume, I could no [more] apt subject find; One [plume] of joy surmounts of grief a [duration]; Because to laugh is proper to the [rational person].”–Rabelais

  6. 4 out of 5

    Leonard Gaya

    The famous satirist, author of Gulliver's Travels, wrote several political texts vituperating against the hopeless condition of his native Ireland and the ineptitude of its British rulers (thank God, things have much improved since!). This short volume includes a few of these texts. In one of them, Swift compares man to a broomstick, a glorious animal turned upside-down and defeated; in another, he gives a list of conditions that make a country prosperous and goes on to demonstrate that Ireland The famous satirist, author of Gulliver's Travels, wrote several political texts vituperating against the hopeless condition of his native Ireland and the ineptitude of its British rulers (thank God, things have much improved since!). This short volume includes a few of these texts. In one of them, Swift compares man to a broomstick, a glorious animal turned upside-down and defeated; in another, he gives a list of conditions that make a country prosperous and goes on to demonstrate that Ireland meets practically none; in another still, he vilifies some of the customs in use at the time in Dublin, like town crying, leaving piles of excrements on the pavement and so on. “A Modest Proposal”, which gives this volume its title, is another of these polemical texts, where Swift uses a straight-faced, shocking humour (something that might not pass the censorship of political correctness today), advocating that poor people’s children, instead of being mouths to feed, should be sold to the butcher and “stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout”, for the enjoyment of the rich people of Dublin... I am just wondering why he left out sautéing, frying and braising à la Matignon... All this is written in jest of course, but when you get ten pages of this sustained cannibalistic sarcasm, the laughter becomes quite sour indeed. The fact that Tertullian’s Apology might have inspired this text does not come as a surprise. The problems raised by Swift are still topical and, with a bit of imagination, his lampoon could become, for our time, a vindication of vegetarianism or a blueprint for some dystopian novel.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Brad

    there is no better way to kick off a semester of literature than a modest proposal. one smart ass student always tries to derail the conversation with an early declaration of the proposal’s satire, but no one listens, and within moments i have a class of fifty - sixty students angry, frustrated, and sometimes rabid as i take swift’s ironic side and ask the students, with all the seriousness i can muster (which is quite a bit), if we shouldn’t give it a try? i follow that up with “why not?” after there is no better way to kick off a semester of literature than a modest proposal. one smart ass student always tries to derail the conversation with an early declaration of the proposal’s satire, but no one listens, and within moments i have a class of fifty - sixty students angry, frustrated, and sometimes rabid as i take swift’s ironic side and ask the students, with all the seriousness i can muster (which is quite a bit), if we shouldn’t give it a try? i follow that up with “why not?” after “why not?” then smack them upside the head with their universal humanist superiority complex, and force them to think. it’s so new to them they leave hating me or loving me. but they do leave thinking. poor bastards. except that one mormon in the front row. he never leaves thinking anything other than how superior he is. and what a dipshit i am.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Macabre but good example of how you can use standard arguments to convince people - no matter how appalling your opinion may be. Scary!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jonathan Ashleigh

    This is obviously an incredible satire, which hopes to give some satisfaction to the rich. I recently reread it after reading The Sorrows of Young Mike. In John Zelazny's parody, the main character parodies Jonathan Swift's modest proposal. It is a parody within a parody and the modern twist is displayed well.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Dylan Williams

    FIRST THING IVE READ IN MONTHS AND IT FEELS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOD

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lynne King

    I came across this essay via Scribble's review and read it in no time. I thought it would be light reading and it turned out to be something completely different. Satire at its best from Mr Swift. I read this in the dentist's waiting room this morning and it certainly waylaid my normal fear of going there. The author has come up with a "modest" (nothing modest here) proposal to aid the Irish economy, stop the begging, give mothers (the breeders) the opportunity to get an income by selling their l I came across this essay via Scribble's review and read it in no time. I thought it would be light reading and it turned out to be something completely different. Satire at its best from Mr Swift. I read this in the dentist's waiting room this morning and it certainly waylaid my normal fear of going there. The author has come up with a "modest" (nothing modest here) proposal to aid the Irish economy, stop the begging, give mothers (the breeders) the opportunity to get an income by selling their little children and also the delicate meat will be in competition with pigs. I wonder if human flesh is salty? Perhaps I should go and talk to the cannibals on Borneo or other similar countries? Imagine having a child of around a year in age, all prepared and ready to be cooked, then eaten. I wonder if they need to be marinated first in wine? I was particularly taken with: "I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked or boiled; and I have no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust." Queer spelling but it was, after all, written in 1729. Everyone should read it and will understand the Irish humour and satire, if not already known. A delicious, light but yet thought-provoking book on the never-ceasing wonders of the imagination.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Florencia

    This review includes sensitive material that may be upsetting to some friends. (view spoiler)[ I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection. I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled, and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or rago This review includes sensitive material that may be upsetting to some friends. (view spoiler)[ I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection. I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed is at a year old a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled, and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or ragout. 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 boiled on the fourth day, especially in winter. ** Photo credit: Jonathan Swift / CC Population / James Cridland, Flickr via Forbes. Photo of a baby lobster via IDN Times. (hide spoiler)] Jan 04, 16 * Also on my blog.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Bradley

    I continue to think that this supremely logical and inevitably practical work will become a part of American legislation any day now. You know, right after the FEMA camps have a permanent place in the common zeitgeist. Anyone want a potato? Update 11/19/15: It occurs to me that someone ought to write a cookbook to expound upon this most excellent suggestion. Any takers? Julia Childs? Hannibal Lector? Rush Limbaugh? So many excellent suggestions, I know, I know.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Darwin8u

    "Thus we are zealous in Matters of small Moment, while we neglect those those of highest Importance." - Jonathan Swift, "An Examination of Certain Abuses, Corruptions, and Enormities" Vol 8 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set. It contains a couple small tracts, as well as a poem and a couple larger satirical essays: 1. Meditation on a Broomstick - 1711/Satire 2. A Description of a City-Shower - 1710/Poem 3. A Short View of the State of Ireland - 1727/Pamphlet 4. A Modest Proposal - 1729/Sati "Thus we are zealous in Matters of small Moment, while we neglect those those of highest Importance." - Jonathan Swift, "An Examination of Certain Abuses, Corruptions, and Enormities" Vol 8 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set. It contains a couple small tracts, as well as a poem and a couple larger satirical essays: 1. Meditation on a Broomstick - 1711/Satire 2. A Description of a City-Shower - 1710/Poem 3. A Short View of the State of Ireland - 1727/Pamphlet 4. A Modest Proposal - 1729/Satire 5. An Examination of Certain Abuses, Corruptions, and Enormities - 1732/Satire It is hard to not think of Swift when I read the Onion, or McSweeney's, or variations and complications of political satire. He was the master we all look towards, even if we don't know it. I remember being surprised to find myself accidentally in front of his grave inside St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin. Felt ropes keep the dirty masses from tramping over the Godfather of Satire, marked with this poem: 'Here is laid the body of Jonathan Swift, Doctor of Divinity, Dean of this cathedral Church, Where fierce indignation can no longer Rend his heart. Go, traveller, and imitate if you can This earnest and dedicated Champion of Liberty' He gave the little wealth he had, To build a house for fools and mad: And show'd by one satiric touch, No nation wanted it so much: That kingdom he hath left his debtor, I wish it soon may have a better. - From Verses On The Death of Dr Swift

  15. 5 out of 5

    Anthony Vacca

    Here’s a quick and easy recipe for roasted young “long pig” that is guaranteed to save a few bucks come the next last-minute dinner with friends or family: What You Will Need Butcher knife Olive oil or butter Seasonings (I have a soft spot for a pinch of Ambergris, a touch of Wattleseed, and a dash of Spanish Fly) Roasting pan Step 1 Trim away the end of the neck, and the end of each leg from the "knee" joint downwards. This is usually only necessary with wild-caught “long pig” because, if farmed, than Here’s a quick and easy recipe for roasted young “long pig” that is guaranteed to save a few bucks come the next last-minute dinner with friends or family: What You Will Need Butcher knife Olive oil or butter Seasonings (I have a soft spot for a pinch of Ambergris, a touch of Wattleseed, and a dash of Spanish Fly) Roasting pan Step 1 Trim away the end of the neck, and the end of each leg from the "knee" joint downwards. This is usually only necessary with wild-caught “long pig” because, if farmed, than it is sold trimmed for market. Step 2 Remove any internal organs such as the liver, kidneys, intestines or any other organs that might be left inside the body cavity. Rub the body lightly over both its inner and outer surfaces with olive oil or melted butter, and then season it with salt and pepper. If your recipe calls for additional herbs or spices, rub or sprinkle them over the rabbit at this stage. Step 3 Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Place in the roasting pan on its side, without a rack. Young “long pig” is too lean for the drippings to be fatty, and any juices that cook out will help keep the underside moist. Step 4 Baste every 20 to 30 minutes with more oil or butter to help keep it from drying out. Turn it after 45 minutes, if you wish, to ensure even cooking. Step 5 Roast until it reaches an internal temperature of 160 F, when tested by inserting an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the thigh. The entire process will take approximately 90 minutes with a market-weight of 10-12 pounds. Tips Tender “long pig” can also be roasted at 425 F for 20 to 25 minutes, giving it a chewier texture but a richer flavor. Many traditional recipes call for roasted “long pig” to be "barded," or covered with thin sheets of protective fat. This can be thinly-sliced pork back fat or lacy sheets of caul fat, but bacon is easier to find and works well. If a smoky bacon flavor is inappropriate in your dish, ask the butcher to sell you thinly-sliced uncured pork belly instead. The braising liquid can be reduced to concentrate its flavors, then thickened to make a sauce for your rabbit. WARNING The FSA's Food Safety and Inspection Service recommends cooking all game animals to an internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit to minimize the risk of trichinosis and other foodborne illnesses. This is especially crucial with wild-caught infants.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Duane

    This essay is what's known in English writing as "straight-faced" satire. Well, it's just a little too straight-faced for me. Swift's extended ironic rambling suggest's using Irish children as a food source to solve the problem of the down-trodden masses. It eliminates 100 thousand children from extended suffering, provides an income source for their poor parents, and provides table fare for the upper society. Swift was extremely aggravated with the Irish political system, the English class syst This essay is what's known in English writing as "straight-faced" satire. Well, it's just a little too straight-faced for me. Swift's extended ironic rambling suggest's using Irish children as a food source to solve the problem of the down-trodden masses. It eliminates 100 thousand children from extended suffering, provides an income source for their poor parents, and provides table fare for the upper society. Swift was extremely aggravated with the Irish political system, the English class system, and the lack of desire by the lower classes to improve their position. It certainly makes his point well enough, just not in a very tasteful manner.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Liz Janet

    + + = True Satire. Update February 2016 The best satirical work I think I have ever read. It is basically about how to end hunger by eating children during the eighteenth century Ireland. His main point is that there are too many people in Ireland, particularly children whose parents cannot take care of them, and therefore do not contribute anything towards the community, hence :"a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roa + + = True Satire. Update February 2016 The best satirical work I think I have ever read. It is basically about how to end hunger by eating children during the eighteenth century Ireland. His main point is that there are too many people in Ireland, particularly children whose parents cannot take care of them, and therefore do not contribute anything towards the community, hence :"a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or aragout." He then proceeds to burn the landlords that mistreat their servants and the people under their care: "I grant this food will be somewhat dear, and therefore very proper for landlords, who, as they have already devoured most of the parents, seem to have the best title to the children." This is a work that can be analyzed even more, sadly I do not feel like I can add anything that has not already been contributed, but please give this a read, do not even worry about anything else on this book, the titular tale is more important. 

  18. 4 out of 5

    Matt

    This proposal made by J. Swift for combating poverty and overpopulation is as simple as it is ingenious. But that's the problem with simple and ingenious ideas: There must be someone to find them. Swift was a far-sighted visionary. Although expressed at the end of the 18th century the solutions depicted in his text are still relevant to modern society. I am sure some grave problems of today would be fairly easy to solve. With only some slight modifications to Swift's proposal hunger and poverty This proposal made by J. Swift for combating poverty and overpopulation is as simple as it is ingenious. But that's the problem with simple and ingenious ideas: There must be someone to find them. Swift was a far-sighted visionary. Although expressed at the end of the 18th century the solutions depicted in his text are still relevant to modern society. I am sure some grave problems of today would be fairly easy to solve. With only some slight modifications to Swift's proposal hunger and poverty would disappear almost overnight! Or the increasingly pressing problem of refugees pulling into Europe? Solvable! Someone should make an entry in Brussels, or give the parliamentarians there this highly topical essay to read. It will surely find a lobby. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

  19. 4 out of 5

    booklady

    It's been a long time since I first read this satirical masterpiece by Swift, which reads like its title and is anything but, "A Modest Proposal". In it, the author is 'proposing' a solution to the serious problems of overpopulation, unemployment, and food shortages, not to mention providing the social and moral benefits of kinder husbands and better parents. Mr. Swift has all the economic angles figured out and presents a very convincing argument, so straightforward and valid my daughter's high It's been a long time since I first read this satirical masterpiece by Swift, which reads like its title and is anything but, "A Modest Proposal". In it, the author is 'proposing' a solution to the serious problems of overpopulation, unemployment, and food shortages, not to mention providing the social and moral benefits of kinder husbands and better parents. Mr. Swift has all the economic angles figured out and presents a very convincing argument, so straightforward and valid my daughter's high school English 3 class, consisting of juniors and seniors, thought he was serious. And wasn't he? Well since Swift was advocating the 'that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled...' I should hope he was writing his proposal for other reasons than a genuine suggestion. Indeed, Swift wrote “A Modest Proposal” in 1720 to call attention to abuses inflicted on Irish Catholics by well-to-do English Protestants. Although a Protestant himself, he was a native of Ireland, having been born in Dublin of English parents, and believed England was exploiting Ireland. He is also satirizing Catholic-Protestant relations when he reminds the Protestants that if the babies are eaten young, there will be less Catholics growing up to go Catholic churches. Even the Irish are rebuked in his essay, for stoically accepting abuse rather than taking action on their own behalf. And when it seems it can't get any better, the ending is the best of all! An absolute MUST read!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Ashleigh

    This is obviously an incredible satire, which hopes to give some satisfaction to the rich. I recently reread it after reading The Sorrows of Young Mike. In John Zelazny's parody, the main character parodies Jonathan Swift's modest proposal. It is a parody within a parody and the modern twist is displayed well.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Christopher

    Can you believe this guy? I realize that this was, like, a long time ago and things were different back then. Like, less civilized and they didn't value life like we do today and stuff. But omg, seriously! For all intensive purposes, this guy Swift was crazy. After I read this I literally cut my own head off. So apparently in the eighteenth century (and by the way, isn't it so stupid that it's called the eighteenth century when it was the 1700s? that makes like no sense at all), there was a lot o Can you believe this guy? I realize that this was, like, a long time ago and things were different back then. Like, less civilized and they didn't value life like we do today and stuff. But omg, seriously! For all intensive purposes, this guy Swift was crazy. After I read this I literally cut my own head off. So apparently in the eighteenth century (and by the way, isn't it so stupid that it's called the eighteenth century when it was the 1700s? that makes like no sense at all), there was a lot of poverty and poor people and hunger and stuff. And this guy Swift was thinking, "what should we do with all of these babies whose parents are struggling to care for?" And you'll never guess what his solution was... To eat the babies! I mean, I guess he was pretty smart. He argued it very well. He said that you should keep the babies while they breastfeed (uh, gross, bee-tee-dubs!) and like fatten them up and stuff, but when they get to about a year old when they're nice and chubby, you should roast them like a pig and make gloves and boots out of their skin and stuff. Seriously! Gross! I don't like to wear skin, thank you very much. My leather boots do me just fine! I mean, for one thing, isn't that really illegal? I'm pretty sure that you can't just do that to a baby, even if it's your own baby. And I know it's a doggy-dog world and you have to watch out for yourself, but I draw the line at eating babies. Irregardless of what this guy Swift says. Okay I seriously have to stop rambling about this now. I'm getting too worked up and I think I might get carpool tunnel syndrome from so much typing.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    ‘A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick’ otherwise known as simply 'A Modest Proposal' is anything but modest. 'I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection. I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most deliciou ‘A Modest Proposal for Preventing the Children of Poor People in Ireland From Being a Burden on Their Parents or Country, and for Making Them Beneficial to the Publick’ otherwise known as simply 'A Modest Proposal' is anything but modest. 'I shall now therefore humbly propose my own thoughts, which I hope will not be liable to the least objection. I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nursed, is, at a year old, a most delicious nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricasie, or a ragoust.' This satire was said to have been written in response to the heartless response to Irish poverty and the policies of the leaders at the time. ‘A Modest Proposal’ goes into extreme detail on how selling infants after the age of one will be beneficial to society which was quite humorous, indeed; however, as a satire it was obviously meant as a mockery and I do believe it hit the mark.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ria

    FOR PREVENTING THE CHILDREN OF POOR PEOPLE IN IRELAND, FROM BEING A BURDEN TO THEIR PARENTS OR COUNTRY; AND FOR MAKING THEM BENEFICIAL TO THE PUBLICK Got this for the child cannibalism, was not disappointed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jelena

    Just a Monday morning thought: If ever in a situation where you should have to resort to cannibalism, eat the babies and toddlers first. Not only are they easily overpowered (and probably fairly fatty and nourishing?), but are, first and foremost, useless to the group and a burden at that.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Pink

    Haha, I didn't know what the proposal would be! How very biting! I'm glad I wasn't spoiled before reading this. I think I'd have liked Jonathan Swift.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Paula W

    It gives a whole new meaning to "People are our greatest resource", doesn't it? This little satire made me miss Jon Stewart all over again.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Franky

    “But, as to my self, having been wearied out for many years with offering vain, idle, visionary thoughts, and at length utterly despairing of success, I fortunately fell upon this proposal….” Clever, brilliant and humorous satire and treatise here from Jonathan Swift that takes many a shot at several different aspects of how society handled the problems of poverty and starvation in Ireland as well as the rich among other areas. I find it amazing how Swift could take irony to a new level and for “But, as to my self, having been wearied out for many years with offering vain, idle, visionary thoughts, and at length utterly despairing of success, I fortunately fell upon this proposal….” Clever, brilliant and humorous satire and treatise here from Jonathan Swift that takes many a shot at several different aspects of how society handled the problems of poverty and starvation in Ireland as well as the rich among other areas. I find it amazing how Swift could take irony to a new level and for such an extended length of time in his essay, not only poking holes at aspects of society, but carrying it through. He begins his essay by setting up the problems and crisis of poverty in such a deadpan manner that the “solution” is such a shock (and quite funny). He argues so…well…swiftly and effectively, and elaborates quite thoroughly for his “plan” that I think, dear reader, you just might be convinced as well. There are some definite laugh out loud moments from Swift’s essay. Here are a few gems below: “they shall, on the contrary, contribute to the feeding, and partly to the clothing on many thousand…” “I grant this food will be somewhat dear and therefore very proper for landlords, as they have already devoured most of the parents…” “…so much wasted among us by the great destruction of pigs, too frequent at our table; which are in no way comparable in taste of magnificence to a well grown, fat yearly child, which roasted whole will make a considerable figure at a Lord Mayor’s feast.” And Swift says all this with a straight face. This one is so good you’ll be eating it up.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Fionnuala

    The number of souls in this kingdom being usually reckoned one million and a half, of these I calculate there may be about two hundred thousand couple whose wives are breeders; from which number I subtract thirty thousand couple, who are able to maintain their own children, (although I apprehend there cannot be so many, under the present distresses of the kingdom) but this being granted, there will remain an hundred and seventy thousand breeders. I again subtract fifty thousand, for those women The number of souls in this kingdom being usually reckoned one million and a half, of these I calculate there may be about two hundred thousand couple whose wives are breeders; from which number I subtract thirty thousand couple, who are able to maintain their own children, (although I apprehend there cannot be so many, under the present distresses of the kingdom) but this being granted, there will remain an hundred and seventy thousand breeders. I again subtract fifty thousand, for those women who miscarry, or whose children die by accident or disease within the year. There only remain an hundred and twenty thousand children of poor parents annually born. The question therefore is, How this number shall be reared, and provided for? which, as I have already said, under the present situation of affairs, is utterly impossible by all the methods hitherto proposed. For we can neither employ them in handicraft or agriculture; we neither build houses, (I mean in the country) nor cultivate land: they can very seldom pick up a livelihood by stealing till they arrive at six years old; except where they are of towardly parts, although I confess they learn the rudiments much earlier; during which time they can however be properly looked upon only as probationers: As I have been informed by a principal gentleman in the county of Cavan, who protested to me, that he never knew above one or two instances under the age of six, even in a part of the kingdom so renowned for the quickest proficiency in that art.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Graham Wilhauk

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. WHAT IN THE NAME OF GOD WAS THIS? I am guessing this was satire in order to capture the attentions of politics at the time, but still, this was just too good of a satire. I mean, come on, preparing children as MEALS? I was both jaw dropped and laughing on the floor once again through the satirical and witty words of Jonathan Swift. This was ridiculous and I think that was the point of this brilliant essay. Just, take my four star, Swift. I know you already have five from me, but take four more. WHAT IN THE NAME OF GOD WAS THIS? I am guessing this was satire in order to capture the attentions of politics at the time, but still, this was just too good of a satire. I mean, come on, preparing children as MEALS? I was both jaw dropped and laughing on the floor once again through the satirical and witty words of Jonathan Swift. This was ridiculous and I think that was the point of this brilliant essay. Just, take my four star, Swift. I know you already have five from me, but take four more. I am giving this one a 4 out of 5 stars.

  30. 4 out of 5

    hanna

    He sounded so serious in his proposal that I almost believed he was a nutjob for a split second. Brilliant satire though, I caught myself feigning a posh british accent in my head with this like I do with many of Austen's novels, I think it's the vocab that does it does it for me (even though I realize he was writing for the citizens of Ireland). How can you not say something like "Therefore I repeat, let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients, 'till he hath atleast some glimpse of h He sounded so serious in his proposal that I almost believed he was a nutjob for a split second. Brilliant satire though, I caught myself feigning a posh british accent in my head with this like I do with many of Austen's novels, I think it's the vocab that does it does it for me (even though I realize he was writing for the citizens of Ireland). How can you not say something like "Therefore I repeat, let no man talk to me of these and the like expedients, 'till he hath atleast some glimpse of hope." in a haughty British accent?

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