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Book Title: A Tale of a Tub|
The author of the book: Jonathan Swift
Edition: Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
Date of issue: November 1st 2009
ISBN 13: 9780141018874
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 33.21 MB
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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. The thing is that I didn't understand a word of what was being said. Or better saying: I did understand all the words in the book, but put together they did not. make. any. sense.
You see, this is the problem with literature (or people like me trying to get the habit of reading more often) nowadays: the books are easy to understand. They are simple, they don't have "hidden meanings", most of them don't have metaphors or whatever you want to call it. This book is basically composed by them. Implicit things. Implicit things EVERYWHERE. And the writing style is not just plain phrases that make up a meaning. They just look like random thoughts thrown all together to form an idea of something so deep I couldn't understand after re-reading them three or four times. In the tenth page, I pretty much gave up and just ran my eyes through the words. The mini-stories in the middle of the book (the three brothers and the suits) did make sense for a while, but then Swift is lovely enough to abruptly interrupt the story to say more things that I could not understand. By the time he goes back to this story, I no longer know what the hell is going on here. And notice that I'm not even mentioning the classic English language used to write this book, which I never learned in school (remember, "English as a foreign language") and had to struggle to understand. Unlike in other books, deducing words' meanings by the context does not work here. You HAVE to run to a dictionary to find yourself in this one. Either that, or just abandon the book. My pride never allowed me to do that, so that wasn't an option for me, but I must say that after reading this book, I'm NEVER saying that I know English. Ever again.
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Read information about the authorJonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift published all of his works under pseudonyms — such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B. Drapier — or anonymously. He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire; the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.
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