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Gulliver's Travels (1912)

by Jonathan Swift

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The voyages of an Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, where people are six inches tall; Brobdingnag, a land of giants; an island of sorcerers; and a country ruled by horses.
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Gulliver’s Travels is still among the most enduring stories ever written, and is still being read nearly 300 years after it was originally published. The book’s durability is due to its unique storytelling qualities despite being more of a satire than an actual novel. Some of that satire’s relevance has diminished over time, but the story itself is still a timeless classic. Imagery and words from it have saturated into everyday life over the centuries. I highly recommend giving this book a read, to become familiar with a classic, and to enjoy a compelling adventure. ( )
  DominicHayes | Aug 1, 2020 |
Gulliver’s Travels details the voyages of Lemuel Gulliver. First he arrives in Lilliput where he discovers miniature world in which he towers over the people and their city. This is the source of the iconic image of him being tied to the ground. As a giant, he is able to see their society from the viewpoint of a god. Soon afterwards, he arrives in Brobdingnag where he is dwarfed by the giants there. Gulliver himself is now the curiosity that comes under observation. The word Brobdingnagian stems from this story. He also travels to Laputa, a flying island hosting a population that has lost its grip on everyday reality; Finally he visits the Houyhnhnms, a species of sentient horses that exude civility in contrast with the filthy humanoid Yahoos.

True to the writing of Jonathan Swift, this book is really a satirical look on our own society- or at least the one that existed in 1726 (which has a striking amount of similarities to 2020). The book beautifully translates this satire into an exciting adventure story, filled with vivid imagery and an imaginative new reality. This 250 year old novel still had me flipping eagerly through the pages. The narration in the audio version is great, but bear in mind that some of the language can be challenging to grasp. ( )
  ryvaut | Jul 31, 2020 |
Gulliver's Travels, or Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships is a 1726 prose satire by the Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift, satirising both human nature and the "travellers' tales" literary subgenre.
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  Shiseida.Aponte | Jul 28, 2020 |
satire on politics and academics
  ritaer | Jul 4, 2020 |
Kitabı çocuk kitabı zannettiğimden kitaptan fazla bir beklentim yoktu. Kitabı okudukça kitaptaki derin anlamları, hicivleri, gizli veya açık alayları farkettikçe yazara büyük bir hayranlık duydum. Kitap özellikle Devler ülkesi ile Atlar ülkesine yolculuk kısımlarında doruk noktasına ulaşmıştır. ( )
  Tobizume | Jun 9, 2020 |
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