Gulliver's Travels : and Alexander Pope's Verses on Gulliver's Travels, Hardback

Gulliver's Travels : and Alexander Pope's Verses on Gulliver's Travels Hardback

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Uses the narrative of a mock travel writer to explore exotic and imaginary locations.

This book mounts a scathing attack on the morals, politics and learning of the 18th century, culminating in possibly the greatest satire ever written: the story of the Houyhnhnms.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 326 pages, maps
  • Publisher: Everyman
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9781857150261

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Written in 1727, a critique of our industrial policy in 2014: In these colleges the professors contrive new... tools for all trades and manufactures; whereby, as they undertake, one man shall do the work of ten; a palace may be built in a week, of materials so durable as to last for ever without repairing. .... The only inconvenience is, that none of these projects are yet brought to perfection; and in the mean time, the whole country lies miserably waste, the houses in ruins, and the people without food or clothes. By all which, instead of being discouraged, they are fifty times more violently bent upon prosecuting their schemes, driven equally on by hope and despair.