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Gulliver's Travels (Dover Thrift Editions) (original 1726; edition 1996)

by Jonathan Swift (Author)

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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.
Title:Gulliver's Travels (Dover Thrift Editions)
Authors:Jonathan Swift (Author)
Info:Dover Publications (1996), Edition: Unabridged, 240 pages
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Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)

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I have always loved classic children's literature and have read much of it. This particular book is one of my favorites and I think it is equally good when you it as an adult or as a child. The characters are engaging and realistic and the story draws you in. ( )
  KateKat11 | Sep 24, 2021 |
Gulliver’s Travels is a classic from the 1700’s. It tells four fanciful tales about a fictional man named Lemuel Gulliver who has a propensity for getting stranded in remote pockets of the world whenever he sails off on a ship. He inevitably finds some very unique people in each of these remote places. Part of the fun was seeing what he would encounter next, so I’ll only tell about where he ends up in the first story – Lilliput, a land with tiny humans about six inches tall. (A precursor to the Borrowers, maybe?)

The first two stories were more entertaining than the second two. They focused more on introducing the reader to a fun and fanciful situation, with interesting challenges for the main character to face. They had more action and more appealing humor. There’s a lot of political and social commentary throughout the entire book, but it dominates the later stories. That commentary became too heavy-handed for me. It would start off as entertainingly sarcastic humor at the expense of human nature, which I often enjoy. However, the author would soon take it to extremes, using a bitter tone that I found unpleasant, especially toward the end. In addition, I have little knowledge about or, to be frank, interest in, the political situation of England in the 1700’s. I heard several things whooshing over my head as a result.

Take my review with a grain of salt, because I read it over the course of two very busy weeks. I worked over 80 hours in the past 6 days, which was about the point when I was reading the second two stories that I had the most complaints about, so I’m sure that had some influence over my reaction. I did enjoy the first two stories pretty well though, and the other two had interesting settings and some fun moments. The later stories would have appealed to me more if they’d had a similar ratio of story vs political commentary as the first two. I’m rating this at 2.5 stars and rounding up to 3 on Goodreads. ( )
1 vote YouKneeK | Aug 20, 2021 |
Ok........ I'm giving up while the going's good!
Sometimes I wonder why I keep on trying to read classic fiction, a lot of it is so not my cup of tea. Anyhoo.....
This book reads more like a report than an actual story, which in someways I guess it is but I just couldn't get my head around the factual nature of it. I admit I only read 40 pages before I gave up but there's no world building or actual story telling at all, just 'facts'.
The writing style is very direct & a bit disconnected as well as the language switching between ye olde english & more modern day english, it just did my head in.
All in all, yeah, nuh lol! :O)
  leah152 | Jul 28, 2021 |
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  Aido2021 | Apr 4, 2021 |
I'm not sure how to rate it because it's satirical and I find it too dense. I read it on a whim aaaaaaand I fell asleep.
  DzejnCrvena | Apr 2, 2021 |
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