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A Tale of a Tub

A Tale of a Tub By Jonathan Swift A Tale of a Tub Swift s exuberant bawdy fable is a unique satire on politics religion fashion madness and on writing itself

  • Title: A Tale of a Tub
  • Author: Jonathan Swift
  • ISBN: 9780141018874
  • Page: 139
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Tale of a Tub By Jonathan Swift Swift s exuberant, bawdy fable is a unique satire on politics, religion, fashion, madness and on writing itself.
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    1. Melanie on said:

      You know those moments when you, who learned English as a foreign language since you were young, think that you understand the language perfectly fine, and then you decide to read a book and realize that you know nothing Well, this is basically how this book made me feel utterly stupid, ignorant, humiliated and disappointed with myself I m pretty sure this is a darn good book and an intelligent critique once you re given the context and the political situation that serves as a background for it [...]

    2. Alex Laser on said:

      A book about the vanity of books Funny and perhaps relevant than ever in the age of self publishing via Twitter and Facebook Swift was living through the advent of mass literacy Although books and book audiences were proliferating rapidly in his time, Swift recognized that human ideas and sophistication were not developing apace Mass literacy did not mean mass intelligence So many writers in Swifts time, through their numerous nauseating preludes, digressions, and postludes, endeavored to say s [...]

    3. Fionnuala on said:

      Superb satire on the three main religions Also this on critics and reviewers These reasonings will furnish us with an adequate definition of a true critic that he is a discoverer and collector of writers faults Which may be farther put beyond dispute by the following demonstration that whoever will examine the writings in all kinds, wherewith this ancient sect has honoured the world, shall immediately find, from the whole thread and tenor of them, that the ideas of the authors have been altogeth [...]

    4. Jake on said:

      To quote the late great Roger Ebert I hated hated hated hated hated this book I give it two stars instead of one for the very simple but important issue I didn t understand I word of it So maybe it ain t Swift s fault.Now, first of all, I consider myself an intelligent person I have read hard to understand novels and treasties I have understood forms of dry philosophy I got through George Elliot But this well this is a creature onto itself Secondly, many people have stated that this is nearly im [...]

    5. Ian on said:

      Can t say I enjoyed this terribly much As with other Swiftian satires, I felt as if there was much that I was not getting, that a good deal would have meant so much to a contemporary audience.The story itself is simple, an allegory of religious excess, with three prodigal sons disrespecting their father s will, each representing a part of the Christian faith Much interesting is the amount of prefaces, analysis, forewords and digressions that actually make up much of the work The digressions ar [...]

    6. Ellinor on said:

      I think I mentioned before that satire and parody aren t my favourite genres I try to be fair when rating these books and to take into consideration the effect the books had or must have had when they were published.This book was VERY hard for me to read It was my second book by Jonathan Swift My first was A Modest Proposal which was quite funny at some points but the ca 10 pages of it were already definitely enough for me I thought that A Tale of a Tub would be another quick read I would read b [...]

    7. Aaron Brame on said:

      I read A Tale of a Tub Written for the Universal Improvement of Mankind for grad school, and it is one of the most unusual texts I have ever read Swift published it anonymously in 1704 it was his first major work and it is a rambling, disjointed, unintelligible book that challenges even the most careful reader My professor said it was the most difficult work of the 18th century, and I believe him.What s difficult about it Well, the first indication that you re in for a rough few nights of readin [...]

    8. Lesliemae on said:

      It is said that Swift, when he was rich and years and his powers of criticism were distinctly failing, was overheard saying with regards to Tale of a Tub, Good God, what a genius I had when I wrote that book Agreed.This book was f.a.n.t.a.s.t.i.c I find myself overrun with self reflexive ponderings that equally confirm and satirize my position as a scholar critic I love this book and will read it for the rest of my life which conveniently Swift proclaims that learned people are inclined to do wh [...]

    9. Monty Milne on said:

      There were plenty of times I laughed out loud reading this, delighted at Swift s idiosyncratic genius If you like lengthy quotations from Horace interlarded with fart jokes, then this is for you.but there is a problem with this text It is almost impossible for anyone to read it today without possessing EITHER an intimate familiarity with the literary, theological, cultural and historical context of 300 years ago OR being forced to wade through so many explanatory footnotes that the pleasure of t [...]

    10. Jocelyn on said:

      Difficult read if you don t know much about the history of Catholicism, Christianity or its main sects I only understood certain portions of it here and there, and especially when it got to Henry VIII and onward, but with a in depth reading and a plethora of footnotes, I think I could ve been able to understand the whole thing.The book is separated into eleven parts and the actual A Tale of a Tub parts are every even numbered part, with the exception of X which is a further digression from IX T [...]

    11. Ryon Shepard on said:

      Books are organisms They are living, breathing things made of consciousness Sometimes the meaning of a book is not in what is explicitly written Sometimes it is in the movement, it is the flow itself It s music, it is sound, and it affects consciousness at a level that few of us are conscious of This is one of those books Along with Ulysses, Finnegans Wake, Cantos of Ezra Pound, Beckett, etc this book is a living thing.

    12. Lucy on said:

      A fine insomnia cure This really needs to be read with copious explanations and footnotes It shows that satire does not always wear well If this had been Swift s only work, I think he would have been forgotten by now.

    13. Martha on said:

      Although I could read this, I m just not sure what it was about These are the times I m aware of my limited intelligence

    14. Oliver Holm on said:

      Reading this felt like doing two hours of callisthenics under a blazing Nevada sun.

    15. Skylar Burris on said:

      Swift makes me laugh A man who can satirize satired I had to love A Digression in Praise of Digressions.

    16. Wendy on said:

      I have generally liked Swift s works so far, but this one left me confused and lostwhich from reading things about this work is, I suppose, his intention But it just left me frustrated.

    17. Rob Roy on said:

      It is often said that the best books are an author s first Not so with Jonathan Swift.

    18. Alice Yoder on said:

      Well, Swift mentions my learned reader a few times I don t think I m one of them This was way beyond my comprehension, or I just didn t give a darn Either way, not a good read least for me.

    19. Ariadne Deborah Fassel on said:

      I started this a couple of months ago because it was on the list of 10 most difficult books Once I realized it was a satire on the various religions in England, it made much sense He gets in some pretty good digs about authors and booksellers, too.

    20. Amanda Ure on said:

      Sometimes one s psychological peculiarities afford one with an insight into a work which one suspects others lack This is an example.

    21. Robert on said:

      I remember reading a children s version big illustrations, little by way of words of Gulliver s Travels and being completely befuddled by the egg breaking story, only understanding the religious comparison later But then wondered, why the book was directed at an age group many probably wouldn t be much aware of the history referred to Anyhow, this is A Tale Of A Tub, difficult to follow, lots of stinging criticisms not always sure who they re aimed at , kaleidoscopically inventive, stuff not abo [...]

    22. Jerrodm on said:

      Have to say this was a slog to get through Swift was a brilliant writer, but the effect wears off when so much of his approach is argumentum ad nauseum there s only so much of your cleverness that I can take at one time, Mr Swift.That said, there are definitely some choice passages here On writers who fancy themselves wits Let them remember it is with wits as with razors, which are never so apt to cut those they are employed on as when they have lost their edge Besides, those whose teeth are too [...]

    23. Aisha on said:

      The following review is takend from another reader Arya Deschain because it is EXACTLY what I was thinking except English is my native languageYou know those moments when you, who learned English as a foreign language since you were young, think that you understand the language perfectly fine, and then you decide to read a book and realize that you know nothing Well, this is basically how this book made me feel utterly stupid, ignorant, humiliated and disappointed with myself I m pretty sure thi [...]

    24. Arukiyomi on said:

      Swift is better known for his later works Gulliver s Travels and A Modest Proposal in particular and having read those before turning to this, it s easy to see why In fact, I m very glad I did it that way round or I might have never had the courage to face the others A Tale of a Tub is not an easy read For a start, it lacks a cohesive structure, but as with all dated satire, references can be very hard to pinpoint.Thankfully, it starts out pretty simply Three brothers are left coats in their fat [...]

    25. MJ on said:

      from There are multiple candidates for first novel in English partly because of ignorance of earlier works, but largely because the term novel can be defined so as to exclude earlier candidates Some critics require a novel to be wholly original and so exclude retellings like Le Morte d Arthur Most critics distinguish between an anthology of stories with different protagonists, even if joined by common themes and milieus, and the novel which forms a connected narrative , and so also exclude Le Mo [...]

    26. John Briggs on said:

      I cannot say enough about how brilliant this book is It s been said that it was Swift s favorite, too, and while not his best known work, it has one mark of comedy that Gulliver s Travels lacks brevity, though not brevity of wit, as Swift constructs these long winded sentences that ramble to an off center conclusion that mocks his boring and self indulgent contemporaries And that is the book s reputation, being a parody of overwritten tropes and tomes, and it is that, but it is also, 300 years l [...]

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