Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

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The voyages of an Englishman carry him to such strange places as Lilliput, a land of people six inches high, Brobdingnag, a land of giants, and Glubbdubdrib, an island of sorcerers.
Publisher: New York : Sterling Pub. Co., [2007]
Copyright Date: ©2007
ISBN: 9781402743399
1402743394
Branch Call Number: J SWIFT
Characteristics: xxii, 293 pages : illustrations, maps ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: McKowen, Scott

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Tarion_2020
Mar 19, 2020

These consecutive journeys of Lemuel Gulliver still resonate in the human condition.

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Highdald
Jan 11, 2020

When first published in 1726, much of the world was still a mystery and the fantastic lands and civilizations Gulliver stumbled upon were, perhaps, within the realm of possibility. It is good writing and a great glimpse into the British state of mind at the time. However, if you plan to read this to small children, be forewarned. There is a significant amount of sexual content mentioned; not sex itself but Gulliver repeatedly being seen naked or seeing giant women naked. I would think this work would have been considered extremely scandalous in its time.

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podibanda
Jan 03, 2020

This is not at all an easy read and therein lied its appeal to me because I now enjoy
challenging reads. I have read it not once, but 4 times already. I read many different versions of it. The one available in public domain has a nice glossary. It is essential if one has an earlier edition of the book. The edition I borrowed from the public library(by Eddy) has a very useful introduction. In addition, I also read another titled 'Gulliver's travels, a critical study' which reveals its background, an analysis of satire and the precedents to all of the ideas/concepts to be found in the book. This is probably one of the best books I have ever read. I'll read it again, no doubt.

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blue_dog_17792
Nov 16, 2019

Great book. Parts 3 and 4, not so much.

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Anita_Dickey
Jun 04, 2019

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a book that inspiried a common phrase or idiom. in this case the word was yahoo. (it was one of the books suggested for the prompt by the internet) i didn't find it horrible. i did read the abriged version found in the kids section of the library. the introduction said that they just took out his political discorces to shorten it. i don't feel i missed much. the book overall was a little creepy and boring, but i could see how someone could like it. i was telling my seven year old about it, and he was asking me a lot of questions so maybe that's the mindset i need to enjoy it.

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Cowjuice15
Oct 12, 2018

Love the stories, but difficult read, especially since the font is much too small

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lukasevansherman
Aug 24, 2018

"How many villains have been exalted to the highest places of trust, power, dignity, and profit: how great a share in the motions and events of courts, councils, and senates might be challenged by bawds, whores, pimps, parasites, and buffoons: how low an opinion I had of human wisdom and integrity; when I was truly informed of the springs and motives of great enterprises and revolutions in the world, and of the contemptible accidents to which they owed their success."

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dennismmiller
Aug 13, 2018

In Swift's classic satire, the adventure-prone naval surgeon Gulliver finds himself repeatedly stranded in strange lands, where he meets the tiny Lilliputians, the giant Brobdingnagians, the ivory tower intellectuals of Laputa, and the superhuman intelligent horses, the Houyhnhnm. In the process, again and again he is confronted with the inexplicable base depravity of the human race, never more bitingly than in his encounter with the virtuous Houyhnhnm, for whom the men who live alongside them, the disgusting Yahoos, are a byword for foulness and a source of considerable perplexity.

Gulliver's Travels is often treated as a children's story and, apart from the modern dismissive attitude towards fantasy, it is difficult to imagine why. Swift's contempt for prideful, fallen humanity can only be described as Brobdingnagian. In the eighteenth century, this was understandably the source of considerable controversy, now, for some reason, it is only commented upon when Swift focuses his ire on the female of the species.

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Waterlily
Jul 21, 2018

I'm not Irish, but I can understand the idea of traveling to distant lands, and seeing people who are like you used as slaves. Get out of there fast before you are lumped in with them...

Also, the real meaning of "Yahoo"? Maybe that internet company should change it's name, or we should boycott it.

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sillylittlechalupa
Mar 03, 2018

This book was assigned to me as summer reading and I found it toneless, very long, and tedious. It was a book that I tried time and again to finish (just for the sake of the assignment), but the story itself was so uncompelling I found myself falling asleep more than once.
I finally finished the book by the deadline, but the journey to that last sentence was a painful one.
I advise that unless you have to finish this book as an assignment, or you are merely interested in how the cultural context surrounding this book manifested itself, don't bother reading it. It's not worth it.
If you do decide to read it, though, then good luck, my friend.

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