In "A Modest Proposal," first published in 1729, Jonathan Swift heaps scorn on then-current political theory and reveals the appalling suffering taking place in Ireland - not through direct reporting, but through mock suggestions on what to do with the poor; they should sell their children for food. "The chief end I propose to myself in all my labors is to vex the world rather than divert it," wrote Jonathan Swift in a letter to his friend Alexander Pope. Other vexing works collected here are "Directions to Servants," "The Art of Political Lying," "A Digression Concerning the Critics," and "Sweetness and Light."More
Population problems? Eat the babies, of course. That's what Irish writer Jonathan Swift purports in this famous collection of essays. Both humorous and significant, Swift's articles are some of the most memorable English satirical works. Fittingly so, Norman Dietz is a superb audio performer in a league of his own. His tone juxtaposes both the serious and the tongue-in-cheek, thus capturing Swift's intentions. For each essay, Dietz adopts a caricature appropriate to the context. These essays have been startling since the 1700s. When combined with Dietz's performance, they are enthralling, hilarious, and deeply moving.
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Very good reading; subpar audio quality
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Very difficult to hear