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5.0 out of 5 stars Slow down for Swift, 17 Jun. 2012
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If satire is your thing then this is for you. The edition is comprehensively and lucidly annotated, which it needs to be as the political situation in England at the time was complex and the protagonists are hardly household names now. But JS transcends the minutiae of his age to present us with brilliantly argued, superbly written diatribes against human folly which still hold water as that folly is timeless and still as endemic in public and private life today. You also get plenty of laughs for your money (try the essay on almanacks and their authors) and acerbic commentary on everything under the sun by the truck-load. JS also wrote comic poetry and some of these are mini-classics in their own right. I'm not sure I would have wanted to get on the wrong side of this formidably intelligent and well-educated man but as a chronicler and essayist he has no peer. A gem of an edition!
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