A Modest Proposal, Paperback
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'...a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food...' Swift's devastating short satire on how to solve a famine.

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Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). Swift's works available in Penguin Classics are Gulliver's Travels and A Modest Proposal and Other Writings.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
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  • Category: Literary essays
  • ISBN: 9780141398181


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Satirical musings upon the state of Ireland in the 18th Century, wherein the author of Gulliver's Travels tries to provide ways in which the country could provide for itself in an unusual manner...<br/><br/>A mixture of satirical and semi-realistic essays with some poetry thrown in, A Modest Proposal illuminates the writings of Swift quite well. He is obviously very concerned about the state of his country, Ireland, and deals out various ways in which the country can regain its footing again. Mostly concerning the ways in which children can become very helpful towards their state, it combines right-wing thinking with left-wing humour. There is one surprise you could not fail to notice, which is quite ridiculous considering how well written it was at first. I very nearly believed him.