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Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
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Gulliver's Travels

by Jonathan Swift

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I really struggled with the syntax. This is a lively story packed with irony, sarcasm and the dissection of what it means to be human. The fantasy of the tale(s) is the device for revealing the absurdity of our thinking and behavior. It is very effective and evokes shame, embarrassment, frustration and quite a few laughs. It is an old book so the perspectives the author takes for granted, now almost three hundred years later, reveal some irony too. Most of the book however is still quite poignant. ( )
  DonaldPowell | Feb 5, 2019 |
Svenska: Gullivers resor
  helenaferry | Jan 18, 2019 |
Only read the first two parts as a child (or had it read to me, I can't remember).

The satire is strong but not only occurs in certain passages.
  jgoodwll | Dec 13, 2018 |
I'm going to have to say, it's surprisingly readable for a 300 year old book. ( )
1 vote Jon_Hansen | Nov 10, 2018 |
would not wish upon my worst enemy

also made me feel really uncomfortable about horses ( )
  ireneattolia | Sep 3, 2018 |
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Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels: Reviewing a Classic in a Modern Context
 

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Swift, JonathanAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bawden, EdwardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Becker, May LambertonIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blankensteyn, C. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Christian, AntonIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
D'Amico, MasolinoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DeMaria, Robert, Jr.Editorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dettore, UgoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Foot, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Formichi, CarloTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Geismar, MaxwellIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Grandville, JeanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hollo, J. A.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kottenkamp, FranzTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
MarajaIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mehl, DieterAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nimwegen, Arjaan vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nimwegen, Arjaan vanAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pirè, LucianaEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Powers, R.M.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Schuenke, ChristaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seidel, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Syrier, PaulTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Turner, PaulEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Weisgard, LeonardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Winter, MiloIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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My father had a small estate in Nottinghamshire; I was the third of five sons.
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And he gave it for his opinion, "that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together.”
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0141439491, Paperback)

Shipwrecked castaway Lemuel Gulliver’s encounters with the petty, diminutive Lilliputians, the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the abstracted scientists of Laputa, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos give him new, bitter insights into human behavior. Swift’s fantastic and subversive book remains supremely relevant in our own age of distortion, hypocrisy, and irony.


@LittleBigMan Awoke in an unfamiliar land. The boat and my crew are gone. Oh dear, the people here are very small. Oops. Sorry about that.

I don’t mean to boast; I’m not a terribly tall man. But these people of Lilliput are the size of child’s Johnson. Still, they have captured me.

I have become a great favorite of the Lilliputian court, whose antics are like an adorable tiny version King George’s, the blithering idiot.

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The unusual voyages of Englishman Lemuel Gulliver carry him to such strange locales as Lilliput, where the inhabitants are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land of giants; an island of sorcerers; and a nation ruled by horses.

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