The author of these Travels, Mr. Lemuel Gulliver, is my an- cient and intimate . are so bold as to think my book of travels a mere fiction out of mine own brain. National Things about a year ago. I really enjoyed reading your book. National Things about a year ago. I love your book. palstar14 2 years ago. Excellent story. The novel is featured in our collection of Books for Young Readers. "The tiny Lilliputians surmise that Gulliver's watch may be his god, because it is that which, .
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Jonathan Swift's classic travel adventure has been adapted into an easy-reading Stepping Stones early chapter book, while keeping all the fun, humor, and Also in Children's Picture Books. ‹ › Solving for M · Jennifer Swender · World Atlas . In this sense, Gulliver's Travels is a very modern and complex novel. There are subtle shifts throughout the book, such as when Gulliver begins to see all. Gulliver's Travels is an adventure story (in reality, a misadventure story) involving Book I: When the ship Gulliver is traveling on is destroyed in a storm, Gulliver.
As much as there was to enjoy in this work, I was not as blown away by it as I would have liked to have been. It was missing the ear-pleasing lyrical quality that I have come to expect when reading classic literature. For instance, the recasting of famous historical figures like Alexander, Hannibal and Caesar as being more subject to the moral frailties of the human animal than the established texts would have us believe. Swift uses this as the springboard to discuss the less than wholesome practices of securing political power today and that is a good thing. I just found the use of the legends of antiquity unnecessary and not particularly effective. Here's my biggest problem. One of the principal arguments that Swift makes in his novel is that balance and moderation are the keys to success both individually and as a people.
This book was sheer torture. The writing was dry and bland and boring. Swift had some really interesting ideas - An island of people no larger than your finger. Another island with people that are 60 feet tall. A floating island, an island of scientists, the island of Yahoos I came very close to putting this novel down many many times.
I admit to not being a fan of early, victorian literature, but this was just painful. View all 36 comments. Jan 07, Jason Koivu rated it liked it Shelves: So much more than just a fantastical tale of a man journeying to mystical lands.
This is thinly veiled satire A seafaring Englishman ends up in four fairytale worlds where people are small, gigantic, smarties in the maths, and where people are horses. By the second journey you'd think he'd be done with all this, but in the end he's done with humans and has trouble living amongst his own kind. Written in the old style where listing off occurrences constituted an adventure and a perfec So much more than just a fantastical tale of a man journeying to mystical lands.
Written in the old style where listing off occurrences constituted an adventure and a perfectly well constructed story, Gulliver's Travels can be at times a tedious read. It's filled with a laundry list of actions "I did this and then I did this" , and when you think some tension or conflict is a brewin' you get simple expedients flatly stated "I was faced with an obstacle and so I overcame it by doing this.
However, if you've come to this book looking for condemnation of the human race's worst foibles, you've come to the right place. Swift dispatches venom towards the leeches of humanity. Lawyers, for instance, get blasted left, right and center. I'm one of those people that feels we're not much better, and sometimes not any better, than base animals, so I was okay with the author's bashing of my fellow man.
Those who don't understand anything beyond "Humans! We're 1! Regardless of its faults, I'm glad I finally got around to reading the original, full-length version. In school I read an abridged and sanitized version, which left out all the mentions of genitalia and bodily functions. This is much better with all the pee and tits included! Check out my video review of Gulliver's Travels here: View all 6 comments. Dec 20, Manny rated it really liked it Shelves: Another excellent invention of the Laputan Academy is a kind of fellowship or club, which they call in their language Sdaerdoog, or superior literature; and indeed the name does not belie the thing, for it is quite the most superior manner of enjoying literature yet devized.
Noting that every man will be well acquainted with the great books of the world, yet few have the inclination to read them, the Laputan savants have ordained a scheme, no less ingenious than equitable, whereby this onerous d Another excellent invention of the Laputan Academy is a kind of fellowship or club, which they call in their language Sdaerdoog, or superior literature; and indeed the name does not belie the thing, for it is quite the most superior manner of enjoying literature yet devized.
Noting that every man will be well acquainted with the great books of the world, yet few have the inclination to read them, the Laputan savants have ordained a scheme, no less ingenious than equitable, whereby this onerous duty is divided among the members of the club. On completing the perusal of a book, the reader composes a short pamphlet, that they term a "weiver", containing all the knowledge a gentleman of good sense and education may learn from the writing in question.
This he then distributes to his fellows, who can can now read a score of weivers in the time they would perforce have laid down on the reading of a single tome. There are members of the Academy who do naught but read weivers the length of the day; it is impossible to exaggerate the prodigious extent of their learning, which would be the envy of any Oxford or Cambridge professor.
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Nov 20, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. Lemuel Gulliver was the first who discovered the theory of relativity: Eccentricity excellently stands against the erosion of time — much better than any fashion.
But it takes a genius to see everything ordinary and commonplace in a bizarre light and to make it withstand the ages. Everyone knows how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts Lemuel Gulliver was the first who discovered the theory of relativity: Everyone knows how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and sciences; whereas by his contrivance, the most ignorant person at a reasonable charge, and with a little bodily labour, may write books in philosophy, poetry, politics, law, mathematics and theology, without the least assistance from genius or study.
He then led me to the frame, about the sides whereof all his pupils stood in ranks. It was twenty foot square, placed in the middle of the room. The superficies was composed of several bits of wood, about the bigness of a die, but some larger than others. They were all linked together by slender wires.
These bits of wood were covered on every square with papers pasted on them; and on these papers were written all the words of their language in their several moods, tenses, and declensions, but without any order.
The professor then desired me to observe, for he was going to set his engine at work. Rejoice, Jonathan Swift was an inventor of a computer and he was the first programmer!
Up against a foe like that, Swift teases with barely veiled blasphemy and sedation, all in the hopes of making the reader uncomfortable enough to possibly fart out an actual thought of their own. The plot of the book is familiar enough to most: What follows is one of the most disparaging denouements on the human condition that this particular reader has ever encountered.
A hilarious but sobering remedy for any wayward soul who still has faith in humanity. View all 12 comments. Jul 17, Paul E. This was a re-read of an old favourite. I fell in love with this book in my teens and have returned to it a few times since my teens were a long time ago. Jonathan Swift was a satirist of the first order. While you can read this as a silly fantasy story it works on two levels and the first time I read it as a pre-teen I enjoyed it purely as a silly fantasy tale virtually everything in this book has a double-meaning.
As with most, if not all, of the best satirists, Swift's commentaries are bot This was a re-read of an old favourite. As with most, if not all, of the best satirists, Swift's commentaries are both hilarious and boiling-water-to-the-face scathing. The book is intelligent, hilarious and barely conceals a seething rage in the author's heart that is aimed like a burning arrow at the society that surrounded him. View all 7 comments. Jan 18, Andrew rated it it was ok.
Glad to get the references now: Gulliver grows to love horses so much that he can't speak to his own family when he gets home -- I didn't download it; I just think he's a misanthrope , and I suppose the most significant use of reading the Glad to get the references now: Gulliver grows to love horses so much that he can't speak to his own family when he gets home -- I didn't download it; I just think he's a misanthrope , and I suppose the most significant use of reading the book is to understand the etymology of the word "Yahoo.
But the book: It's a methodical, list-like satire on travel books which are themselves dull. No plot, and no character development to speak of except the persuasion of Gulliver that horses are better than people because people are so awful.
He dwells at length on how awful people are, but in the end this just made me think Gulliver was a nasty sort of person who relishes big PJ-O'Rourke-ish generalizations.
If I want to hate people, I'll get on a subway. I want books to help me do more than that. View 1 comment. Everyone remembers poor Gulliver in breeches and three-cornered hat, pinned down with cords on a beach, by an army of minute soldiers.
This is indeed an astonishing book. The name of Jonathan Swift is omitted, as well as the fact that the whole narrative is a heap of whoppers from cover to cover. Through the four parts of this book, Gulliver first discovers the islands of Lilliput and Blefuscu, with its diminutive inhabitants, off the coast of Java if you ever fancy going there, the narrator provides a few maps and GPS coordinates ; he then sails to the West coast of America and discovers Brobdingnag, where people are, on the contrary, of gigantic proportions; later on, he travels across the Pacific Ocean and visits the flying island of Laputa no pun intended?
On his last trip, around New-Holland aka Australia , he travels to the idyllic island of the neighing and rational Houyhnhnms and of the despicable Yahoos — the most politically loaded and, in my opinion, best part of this book.
A total of seven discoveries. The universal ridicule and relentless attacks aim at practically everything, in a sort of encyclopaedic undertaking: Sometimes, Gulliver speaks for himself: It is, all in all, an essential book on the human condition.
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Sep 05, James rated it really liked it Shelves: Book Review If you've never heard of Jonathan Swift before, perhaps this will jog your memory In one of his other famous works, A Modest Proposal , he offers a suggestion that we should eat babies in order to survive.
You're probably thinking I'm a nut job for talking about this. But a few things to remember Swift is Irish. So it's OK. They can say those sort of things and get away with.
And so can I. Because I'm Irish. So let's relax a bit. A Modest Proposal is not the point of this review. Swift's other famous work, Gulliver's Travels , is the point of this review. Yes, you read that correctly. The government controlled everything. He was a rebel. But a good one. And his works are absolutely fantastic. On to Gulliver's Travels. This may be where the word "yahoo" comes from. LOL This is one where I just don't want to ruin the story.
Gulliver encounters several new species of people on his travels, most notably the Brobdingnag folks and the Lilliputians. Basically, the land of really tiny people and really huge people. But don't think this is a non-politically correct book, where he's saying negative things about giants, midgets, short people, tall people, etc. It's satire and years old. It's the language of the past. He's actually "standing up for the [wo]man.
Yes, its language is a little stilted. And it's written in a way where sometimes the classics can be painful. I admit it. I love them, but I admit it. If you need something satirical, read a few chapters. Pick the first two voyages. It's a bit lengthy, but you'll get the drift even skimming a little bit. Everything he has to say is still mostly pertinent to how we feel about government today, just different priorities and levels of occurrence. But when you can input all the things we're feeling and thinking into a entirely new made-up race or breed of people, showing the silliness of what is going on in politics and culture, it's a good laugh worth experiencing.
It was one of the fastest published and absorbed works of literature in history. People ate it up! America wasn't even a country when this was published!!!
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Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Feb 21, Loretta rated it liked it Shelves: I didn't really like this book. I toyed with giving the book two stars but because some parts were somewhat entertaining, I decided on giving the book three stars.
It was very hard to get into and some parts were slow and they dragged on forever. Glad I can say that I finally read it but it definitely wouldn't be one I'd ever pick up again. View all 3 comments. Apr 13, di rated it liked it Shelves: This book was written in It's pretty old. I anticipated bland writing check with a LOT of detailed and seemingly insignificant description check and no real story line check.
Helps to be prepared for it. I find it also helps to read an old book out of a vintage edition--it's just that much more fun. Then you can build up a handy sense of romanticism about old literature and float through the dull parts. My copy is from with a dust cover that's falling apart and that burnt paper This book was written in My copy is from with a dust cover that's falling apart and that burnt paper smell.
Most people associate it with giants, little tiny people and talking horses and generally assume that it's a children's book. But really it is far from it. I have read Swift's A Modest Proposal and Other Satirical Works wherein he proposes, in a voice of pure reasonableness, that the solution to the starvation and overcrowding of Ireland is for the poor to eat their own babies 'a most delicious, nourishing and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked or boiled'.
So I am familiar with Jonathan Swift as a cutting satirist. And that's really what Gulliver's Travels is: In one sense, it's a parody of travel writing. In the s explorers were discovering the 'weird and the wonderful' and writing exaggerated literature about it. Gulliver insists that he is telling just the 'plain facts' while reporting his ridiculously fantastical accounts.
And the bland writing style oh yes it is bland is all part of the parody. The giant king, after hearing Gulliver rave about England, concludes that the English people are 'the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth'.
From voting to taxes to arithmetic and science, to gaming and alcohol and war and weaponry, to the legal system and the plight of the poor amidst the excessive expenditure and corruption of the upper classes. He covers it all. So it's not really the easiest read.
There's no story to get hooked in--it's like reading a series of letters or essays--and there is NO dialogue in the whole book. But it's clever, just because Jonathan Swift is clever. And the dry wit is amusing.
So, I'd say 3. If you like satire and are interested in English history and politics through literature, you'd like it. But better yet read A Modest Proposal--it's funnier and a lot shorter. May 24, Czarny Pies rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Every time one reads Gulliver's Travels one learns something new.
I have read it four times and have barely scratched the surface. The first two sections on the land of the little people and of the giants get the most attention from moviemakers because of their fairy tale qualities and the satire that is pertinent in any age.
Fyodor Dostoevsky references Gulliver's Travels in his novel Demons The book was very popular upon release and was commonly discussed within social circles. It became known for its insightful take on morality, expanding its reputation beyond just humorous satire.
Despite its initial positive reception, the book faced backlash. One of the first critics of the book, referred to as Lord Bolingbroke, criticized Swift for his overt use of misanthropy. Readers enjoyed the political references, finding them humorous. However, members of the Whig party were offended, believing that Swift mocked their politics. Gulliver's Travels has been adapted several times for film, television and radio. Most film versions avoid the satire completely.
The standard edition of Jonathan Swift's prose works as of [update] is the Prose Writings in 16 volumes, edited by Herbert Davis et al. See also: Logic machines in fiction and List of fictional computers.
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When he woke up, the Sun was beating down upon him. He tried to move, he could not. His hair, hands, legs and body were tied to the ground. He saw little men running all around him.
Someone had got a tiny ladder and was climbing up to him. The little man, no bigger than Gulliver's thumb nail, came up to him ears and said, "You are in the land of Lilliput; we are Lilliputians.
We are taking you to our Emperor, so please do not make any trouble. You will be shot at. A huge wooden structure with wheels was brought. Gulliver was slid on to it after much struggle. The wooden structure was pulled through the streets of Lilliput with all the Lilliputians lining up the streets. It was a carnival atmosphere which the Lilliputians seemed to be enjoying themselves, much to the amusement of Gulliver.
Finally, they arrived at the Emperor's palace. The Emperor was there to receive Gulliver, "You are indeed a strange sight. If you are to stay here you will have to be of service to my people here," he said pointing to the crowd.