This book, simply put, was read too late: I should have read this as a child. The lessons in here should be learnt early, and well.
Typical of satire, the book is full of stereotypes, and caricatures. The Japan scene, for instance, is racist, and problematic when viewed in seriousness; however, it shows how the Christianised West will treat other religions, but how it is offensive when others treat Christianity the same way. It also speaks on the assumptions which every culture has, and how ‘natural’ those assumptions seem.
This was in 1726! Holy hell, why do we not read this earlier? Why was this ever taken off the reading list? Was it ever on it?
Now, I am sure that there are many who would decry it — it turns out the expurgated version is the most available; however, I luckily read the unexpurgated one…castration idea, and all. I would like to see more satire in the world. Our tastes have changed though, it seems. Our satire is woven into other genres.
I simply adored this book. I can rest easier knowing that it is in my brain.