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3.54 of 5 stars 3.54  ·  rating details  ·  150,773 ratings  ·  2,981 reviews
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Imagine the greatest adventure of all time....
Rediscover the immortal story of Lemuel Gulliver and his fantastic voyage. Join him on his journey to the land of the six-inch-high Lilliputians...and into the royal court of the sixty-foot-tall Brobdingnagians. Ascend with him to the flyi
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Paperback, 358 pages
Published March 1st 1980 by W. W. Norton & Company (first published 1726)
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Stephen
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Jonathan Swift was a snarky, snarky bitch.

Gulliver’s Travels is like a giant pimp slap across the human race face and I am so glad I finally read this in a non-school, non-structured environment because I had a whole lot more fun with it this time around. Swift’s wit, insight and delivery are often, though not always, remarkable and he crams more well thought out jabs and toe-steppings in this slim 250 page novel than I would have thought possible in a work twice this long.

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Paul Bryant
Okay, I didn't finish this sucker. It was poor. I was kind of shocked. I was thinking why does no one point out that this is a giant rip off of Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Honey I Blew Up the Kid? It's painfully obvious. I don't see why this Danial Defoe mope has not had his ass sued, maybe he avoided that by writing his ripoff in a long ass frankly boring olde-worlde style so that all the lawyers would fall asleep before they got their writ typed up. The other stuff that isn't Lillypoot and Bor ...more
Kalliope

Jonathan Swift (1667 – 1745) writes towards the end of his book:

...an author perfectly blameless, against whom the tribe of answerers, considerers, observers, reflecters, detecters, remarkers, will never be able to find matter for exercising their talents.

Had Swift known GR he would probably have included “reviewers” in the above sentence. This thought warns me against continuing any further with my review.

But the Travels of Gullible Gulliver (1726) have made me laugh like no other book for a
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Lori
Oh man.
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...but the execution was hard to appreciate.

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.
Andrew
Glad to get the references now: although I could have just read Wikipedia: the Lilliputians are small, the Brobdignagians big, the flying city is whatever, the Houhynhyns are really great (although he's pretty unpersuasive on this -- why are they so great? because they don't have a word for lying? Gulliver grows to love horses so much that he can't speak to his own family when he gets home -- I didn't buy it; I just think he's a misanthrope), and I suppose the most significant use of reading the ...more
Manny
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 ...more
Mike Lindgren
It is difficult to describe what Swift's masterpiece means to me. Gulliver's Travels is a book that I will probably be grappling with for the rest of my life, and I mean that in a good way. It is a savage jeu d'esprit, a book about religion with no mention of God, a philosophical end-game written in unadorned prose, a deeply pessimistic statement on human nature, a lacerating attack on the primacy of Reason in Englightenment thought, a pacifist tract, and, yes, one of the funniest books ever wri ...more
Anthony Vacca
It’s one of the stranger occurrences that Gulliver’s Travels is recognized more often than not as a fantastical adventure for the delight of children, when in actuality it is one of the bleakest condemnations of human beings to ever corrode a page. The Reverend Swift is a master of misanthropic satire, and even with the arsenal of footnotes (as this wonderful edition from Oxford Classics exhaustively supplies) essential for a well-rounded reading of GT, the Gentle Reader is still left staggering ...more
Dee
This book was written in 1726. 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 1947 with a dust cover that's falling apart and that burnt paper ...more
Aubrey
I was in error in giving this two stars back when I read this in high school, but not by much. Back then I was bored out of my gourd, here and now I'm done with "I will instinctively know the truth due to my super white able male powers." Regardless of whether 'tis beneficial to give Swift the full benefit of the fictional doubt as is popular in circles of academic aspiration, ugh.

This is the perfect definition of a "classic": male, European, old, punches down on everything in the names of "sati
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Fahad
رحلات جيلفر

ما خلا الكتب المفقودة والتي تم دفنها أو حرقها أو تمزيقها، يمكن اعتبار كتاب (رحلات جيلفر) من أكثر الكتب التي ظلمت في التاريخ، ففي سبيل نشر هذا الكتاب وترويجه، تم تبسيطه، اجتزاءه، ومن ثم تحويله إلى مجرد قصة للأطفال.

كتب جوناثان سويفت كتابه هذا وسط عصر تميز بانتشار كتب الرحلات التي يضعها البحارة الإنجليز، ويملئونها بالأكاذيب لجذب الناس، كما تميز بالصراع السياسي بين حزب المحافظين – الذي ينتمي إليه سويفت – وحزب الأحرار، وقد انعكس هذا كله في الكتاب والذي جاء كمحاكاة ساخرة جداً لكتب الرحلات
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Ian Klappenskoff
Swift's Satirical Fantasies

This was another re-read of a novel that I had read as a child and that had left me with very vivid memories.

For the most part, I enjoyed it just as much as I did then. Unlike "Tristram Shandy", it wasn't really a precocious work of Post-Modernism. It was more a collection of satirical fantasies, albeit reliant on a realistic narrative style. Still, it packs a punch I don't recall from my first reading.

Tales of a Traveller Returned Wanting

The novel purports to be a tra
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Sandra
"L'orgoglio, l'immancabile vizio degli stupidi"


Nell’immaginario dei lettori –e anche non- di questo romanzo c'è l’immagine di Gulliver disteso sulla spiaggia di Lilliput, con tanti omuncoli che gli camminano addosso, la medesima immagine che vedo ora ritratta nella copertina. E’ un’immagine parziale e limitata di questo capolavoro di Swift, perché, a mio parere, il viaggio di Gulliver a Lilliput, che è il primo dei quattro raccontati nel romanzo, è forse il meno interessante dal punto di vista d
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Kyle
May 01, 2013 Kyle marked it as abandoned  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are looking for a reason to read something else
I don't remember the last time I actually abandoned a book, and I usually attempt to power through even books I don't like, so I can get the most complete picture of it. I also have this idea that if a book makes me abandon it, then it has beaten me.

At this point however, I need to be really honest with myself. This just isn't going to happen. I simply can't read this without constantly thinking about all the other things I could be reading instead. I suppose this book has beaten me, but I pref
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Guido
Quanta amarezza in questo libro. La sua ferocia fa paura; non sorprende che sia stato svuotato e smembrato fino a trasformarlo in una narrazione informe da proporre come "libro per bambini". Quella versione ha il suo fascino avventuroso, ma questo romanzo è stato concepito dall'autore come una severa critica all'umanità cosiddetta civilizzata, e proprio i bambini sembrano essere gli unici ai quali questo rimprovero non è rivolto. Mi piace ricordare il mio primo contatto con Gulliver: avevo circa ...more
Benjamin
Sep 12, 2007 Benjamin rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who don't live in the same country where they grew up
he has 4 travels, right, and it's the first one in all the movies, but the last one is what germans would call 'the hammer.' he goes to this place that's like planet of the apes, except it's horses not apes. and then instead of being all charlton heston about it, he internalizes their shit and wishes he was a horse. he ends back in england and he can't stand the sight of other humans, they're disgusting, not like those noble horses. GENIUS. GENIUS GENIUS. read this book already, jeez!
Madeline
My class read this right after finishing Robinson Crusoe, which, I think, was a perfect decision on my professor's part. In addition to making bold statements about colonialism and slavery, satirizing the hell out of European government and rulers and scientists and just about everything else, Swift is using Gulliver's Travels to write the longest, best parody of Robinson Crusoe ever. He takes Defoe's long-winded, preachy, boring survival story with racist and imperialist overtones, and turned i ...more
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
A nice enough edition. 1980. Quarto. A selection of illustrations from previous editions provides for nice variety. The text appears to be unmodernized. Asimov's annotations have as much Asimov about them as they do Swift ; it would have been nice to have notes from a Swift scholar ;; being reminded that such-and-such physical properties of a Swiftian species would be impossible... cute observations, Isaac.

Like it Love it Dull'd by it -- no matter, required reading. I hope to find myself a litt
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C.
Everyone knows about Gulliver's journey to Lilliput, but how many people know about the rest of the book? How many people know that Gulliver in fact made four journeys, each to different places? I certainly didn't. (Lilliput is included in my computer's dictionary; the names of the other places Gulliver visits are not.)

A lot of people marvel over the fact that people are still reading this book, and Swift's work in general, when so many of his contemporary satirists have been entirely forgotten.
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Christopher
Call me Robinson. As a renowned world traveller and shipwreckee, I have been drafted as an expert witness to investigate and report upon the veracity of the recorded histories of Mr. Lemuel Gulliver, who has very recently published his memoirs entitled Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships. Within the pages of this document, Mr. Gulliver recounts several shipwrecks, mutinies, and other unfortunate ...more
Josh
At one point during his 20+ year stay on the tiny caribbean island he spends a lifetime domesticating, Robinson Crusoe looks up from his constant cycle of work and sees a tiny spot move across the sun: this, of course, is Laputa, the flying island that C's countryman and fellow sailor Lemuel Gulliver discovers on the third of his four great voyages. At least, that's how I imagine it happening. After all, don't all great travellers, imaginary or otherwise, meet at some point? Wouldn't they have h ...more
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
This is another great story who's mission has been distorted by efforts to turn it into childrens stories, made for televisoin movies (the Ted Dansing version is the best of those, but does not capture the wonderful humor and satire very well) and pulp fiction by people who do not have enough enternal drive to read what's there, as intended and exercise their brains, or worse, know what's there and wish to distort it so that the truth doesn't sting so badly.

Surely this book touches on multi-face
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Monica!
I don't understand how anyone could not like this book. I mean, clearly you ignore the second half of it -- no one cares about the Yahoos and the well-spoken Horse People -- but the first half is the best thing ever to be taught in high school!

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Okay, it's actually ridiculously boring, but I'm enough of a twelve-year-old-boy to still giggle over the sheer dirtiness of it. I mean, seriously? When he meets the Lilliputians he spends half his time with the king's soldiers walking between his legs
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Cleo
As Samuel Johnson stated, Gulliver's Travels is a work "so new and strange, that it filled the reader with a mingled emotion of merriment and amazement." One must remember that at the time of Gulliver's Travels, readers had rarely encountered prose fiction in the form of stories, let along the fantastical stories and adventures of Gulliver. They didn't quite know how to respond.

In the last chapter of the this book, its purpose is laid out to the reader, that Swift's "principal Design was to info
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MJ Nicholls
Literature doesn't get any better than this.
Philip
It’s a good read and probably every bit the masterpiece its reputation claims. The problem with satire, however, is that it doesn’t stand alone. Parody, on the other hand, ought to make sense in itself, but obviously more sense if the object of the parody is understood and familiar. Satire only seems to make sense if you know the original.

The section in Lilliput describing the bloke with different sized heels on his shoes, for instance, is very funny, but only when the footnote has provided the
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Travelling Sunny
I'm just a common Yahoo, and a female one at that, therefore I shouldn't be trusted to give a truthful, reasonable account of my travels with Gulliver. So, take this with a grain of salt - you salt-eating Yahoo, you!

You've heard of the Lilliputians, right? Yeah, you have. Did you know that was just Gulliver's first voyage? All those strange, itty-bitty little people... covered in the first quarter of this book.

Maybe, just maybe, you've heard of the Brobdingnagians? I had not. But, then again, I
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James Steele
What book dares to criticize the government, law, the concept of a nobility and why they’re running things, intellectuals, and human nature itself? Gulliver’s Travels, the most scathing satire ever written.

Gulliver sails to four different lands. The first land is Lilliput, where the people are only six inches tall, a parody of the English monarchy, petty war and the completely illogical way members of government are chosen. The second voyage is to Brobdingnag, a land of giants, also a parody of
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Jason Pettus
(Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com]. I am the original author of this essay, as well as the owner of CCLaP; it is not being reprinted here illegally. Sorry, the last couple of sentences get cut off today!)

The CCLaP 100: In which I read a hundred so-called "classics" for the first time, then write reports on whether or not they deserve the label

Book #21: Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Swift (1726)

The story in a nutshell:
To really understand the sto
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Pink
This is a book that I'd delayed reading for years and years. Not because I thought I'd hate it, just that I felt I already knew the story, from watching the television series (which I loved) and general pop culture. So, did I learn anything new from this? Yes and no. The basic story of Gulliver's visits to Lilliput and Brobdingnag felt very familiar to my mind, but I didn't find them particularly enthralling. The third voyage developed in much the same way, but I began to appreciate Swift's sati ...more
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Jonathan Swift was an Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer (first for Whigs then for Tories), and poet, famous for works like Gulliver's Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier's Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub. Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry. Swift published al ...more
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