A Tale of a Tub and Other Works

Jonathan Swift Angus Ross David Woolley

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A Tale of a Tub and Other Works

A Tale of a Tub and Other Works This volume includes The Battle of the Books and The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit both which accompanied A Tale of a Tub on its first publication in

  • Title: A Tale of a Tub and Other Works
  • Author: Jonathan Swift Angus Ross David Woolley
  • ISBN: 9780192835932
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • This volume includes The Battle of the Books and The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit, both which accompanied A Tale of a Tub on its first publication in 1704.

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    1. BillKerwin on said:

      "A Tale of a Tub" is a strange work, and certainly not to everyone's taste. The heart of it is a satirical religious allegory demonstrating that, of the three sons of the Father (God), Martin (the representative of the mainstream protestant Lutheran/Anglican tradition) is by far the most reasonable. His attempt to carry out his Father's Will (the message of scripture) by pruning the absurdly lavish alterations his older brother Peter (Roman Catholicism) has made to the Coat his Father gave him ( [...]

    2. Nathan "N.R." Gaddis on said:

      This Cambridge edition edited by Marcus Walsh is the critical edition of A Tale of the Tub recommended by Steven Moore. The Cambridge edition of Swift’s work is in 18 volumes. Moore discusses The Tub in The Novel: An Alternative History, 1600-1800, pages 634-642. “The most inventive, profound, and mindblowing novel of this time.” In keeping with my Moore-lists of generation ::The Tub’s predecessors ;;PetroniusRabelaisCervantesDunton [ie, Voyage round the World]Following in the wake of Th [...]

    3. kasia on said:

      A dazzling display of wit, but so dry as to stick in the throat a bit, despite occasional flights of whimsy. Having been removed from its immediate context by the passage of centuries, its ironies are to be appreciated rather than enjoyed.

    4. TraceyWilde on said:

      Eh ? If I hadn't picked a copy with explanatory notes I wouldn't have understood this at all.I can see what Swift is getting at and I'm sure it was hilarious at the time.Clever but not for me.

    5. James Violand on said:

      Jonathan Swift is disappointing. But for the fame he rightly deserved for Gulliver's Travels, he comes across as a verbose blowhard. Riddled with witticisms, this work’s objective seems to be not only to hide meaning within convoluted imagery but to hide the author’s identity as well. This is an ignorant screed against Catholicism, demeaning tradition without any effort to understand it. He appears to be one of those religious dogmatist whose bible magically descended from on high in King Ja [...]

    6. Julie on said:

      Jonathan Swift is a brilliant satirist and if I was a contemporary of Swift's or aware of the issues he was mocking, then I might have enjoyed this book. Instead, this short book is filled with long digressions mocking organized religion or possibly government. I have to admit that about half way through I was completely lost and really not following his mockery.If I had been reading this book in print, I would have saved my place with a bookmark and put it back on the shelf to revisit later, ma [...]

    7. B.C. Brown on said:

      A Tale of a Tub by Jonathan Swift is quite possibily some of the best satirical work I've read. An easy historical index at the beginning helps those who may not be as familiar with Irish and European history as others. Indeed the entire introduction gives the reader an informative set up for the anthology.Only a passerby to Swift's work, Tale of a Tub was delightful. Tongue in cheek satire directed mostly toward the noble and royal classes with direct insights to daily life. But Swift was not a [...]

    8. Asa on said:

      I would have enjoyed this book much more if it wasn't for three things: 1) Swift's endless digressions (which I realize were made for a reason, to mock other writers), which brings me to 2) the fact that I don't know enough about the things Swift satirized to appreciate what I'm sure were very good points, and 3) Swift is too aggressive for my taste. I get the feeling that in real life he would be one of those people who would make every discussion into a verbal battle and not be satisfied until [...]

    9. Chris on said:

      While there were some parts that I found quite amusing as Swift poked fun at the foibles of the catholic church and protestant churches of his day, too much of it was context based and hard to decipher. Even using the footnotes, I find that no one today seems to understand what he meant by many of his satirical comments. I'm sure this was hilarious in his day, but just too far removed for me to enjoy it too much.

    10. Erica on said:

      ". . . reason is certainly in the right , and that in most corporeal beings which have fallen under my cognizance, the outside hath been infinitely preferable to the in; wherof I have been further convinced from some late experiments. Last week I saw a woman flayed, and you will hardly believe how much it altered her person for the worse" (84).

    11. Elaine on said:

      A satire within a satire, this is book that would most likely bloom within the context of a class discussion. While a sufficient amount of the satire translated across the centuries, I'm sure that some knowledge of events taking place during the writing of this tale would have revealed more depth to the text than I was aware of.

    12. Jeremy on said:

      Read for my English Religious Authors seminar at Baylor with Dr. Kevin Gardner (Summer 2014). Includes "The Battle of the Books" and "The Mechanical Operation of the Spirit."2: defense of satire (cf. Bunyan, Hawthorne, and Wilson?)18: Hobbes's Leviathan23: satire needs to be direct35: church chases after pop culture72: memory and commonplace books111: stealing

    13. Sabine on said:

      Dit is één van de twee boeken die ik in mijn hele leven níét uitgelezen heb. En het ligt deels aan mij. Ik snapte 'm gewoon niet. Maar omdat ik niet dom ben (al zeg ik het zelf) ligt het toch ook voor een deel aan Jonathan Swift. Vandaar de rating van twee sterren.

    14. Kristin on said:

      Swift slays me (and not in a good way most of the time. Unless he's talking about vapours - that's good stuff). This is wonderfully post-modern-ish (though obviously 18th century) and digressive, if that's what you're into - I'm not today, sadly.

    15. meredith on said:

      I know that it's importantd I know that it's not supposed to make a lot of sensebut I think that I could have better spent my time reading a different Swift piece.

    16. Andrew on said:

      Nothing against Swift, who has written a lot of great works. I just didn't find this one particularly interesting.

    17. Nolan on said:

      I think I dropped out of the class halfway into this book. I have a great appreciation of Swift; I just hope I never have to read another book by him. :)

    18. bobroxxu on said:

      Swift has many diversions while telling a story. I am having difficulty keeping focused on it.

    19. Cynda on said:

      I read these at university and enjoyed them. Most of the stuff I read at university was to be worked thru and appreciated, but not enjoyed. Thsee tales I enjoyed.

    20. Scotty on said:

      Often a satire's power is diminished, relevant only to its time, but Swift's wit and sarcasm in which he attacks scientific and religious institutions makes this story a good read still today.

    21. Craig on said:

      The "Tale" shines in all its satirical glory, but did not evoke as much laughter as "A Modest Proposal" did (which was included at the end of the volume I read).

    22. Myles on said:

      An allegory that's fun to decode, Swift's tub is also terribly segmented and full of digressions that are just plain annoying.

    23. Tony Laplume on said:

      Extremely interesting but also esoteric and drastically more limited in lasting appeal than Swift's more famous Gulliver's Travels. Basically the equivalent of Internet chatter in his day.

    24. Rachel on said:

      Swift was a religious (and ethnic) bigot, but his book sheds light on the religious and political conflicts of the eighteenth century in Ireland and Great Britain.

    25. Marya on said:

      You know, there's a reason Swift isn't best remembered for this book.

    26. Courtney on said:

      Swift, JonathanGulliver's Travels and Other Writings.In compilation only.

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