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Gulliver's Travels is Jonathan Swift's satiric masterpiece, the fantastic tale of the four voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, an English ship's surgeon. First, he is shipwrecked in the land of Lilliput, where the alarmed residents are only six inches tall. His second voyage takes him to the land of Brobdingnag, where the people are sixty feet tall. Further adventures bring Gulliv ...more
Published (first published October 28th 1726)
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Pauline McGonagle Try and locate Swift's lesser known 'Citzen of the World' a story of a Chinese traveller exploring England and the satirical take on life there. A…moreTry and locate Swift's lesser known 'Citzen of the World' a story of a Chinese traveller exploring England and the satirical take on life there. A true reversal of the 'orientalism' genre with great contemporary references told in a series of letters from the traveller to his son.
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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
Feb 13, 2012 Paul Bryant rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
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
Nayra.Hassan
Feb 19, 2016 Nayra.Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
هي مجموعة صفعات متتالية على وجه البشرية جمعاء..فعندما ترفضك الجياد الناطقة بلطف..لانها اكثر منك تحضرا و رشدا..اذن فلتعد يا "جاليفر "من رحلاتك الاربعة..حزينا كسيرا

لهذه الروايات مكانة خاصة في قلبي..فهي أول رحلاتي الطويلة لعالم الفانتازيا والخيال بلا حدود..فمن خلال الترجمة الرشيقة للعبقري كامل الكيلاني...قراتها في سن العاشرة بعربية فصيحة و تشكيل ..و لم ينطفىء انبهاري
فقراتها ملخصة بالإنجليزية..ثم في نسختها الكاملة في سن 30

أحببت اهل ليليبوت الاقزام السخفاء المتمسكين بالتقاليد..والشكليات..و العمالقة
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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
Aug 03, 2008 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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.
Matthew
This was my favorite required reading in high school (well, actually, probably tied with Animal Farm). It was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise. The reference points I had were cartoon retellings of this from my youth. I only really had an image of Gulliver vs the Lilliputians - and that was only the most basic "giant in a land full of very small people" storylines (well, they were trying to entertain children, so it doesn't have to get much more complex than that). But, the book is made u ...more
Jason Koivu
So much more than just a fantastical tale of a man journeying to mystical lands. This is thinly veiled satire...super thin.

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
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Andrew
Jan 18, 2008 Andrew rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Ahmad Sharabiani
983. Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift
Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World in Four Parts by Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon & then a Captain of Several Ships, Jonathan Swift
عنوانها: سفرنامه گالیور؛ سفرهای گالیور؛ مسافرتهای گالیور؛ ماجراهای گالیور؛ نویسنده: جوناتان (جاناتان) سویفت؛ (امیرکبیر؛ بنگاه نشر و ترجمه، انتشارات علمی و فرهنگی؛ ماهی، مشهد بنگاه کتاب، مشهد باربد؛ ثالث؛ نشر نی، ) ادبیات انگلستان قرن 18 میلادی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ژوئن سال 1970 میلادی
عنوان: سفرنامه گالیور؛ ن
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Foad
اسفار اربعه
سفرنامه ى گاليور از چهار سفر تشكيل شده؛ هر بار گاليور، مثل سندباد بحرى، به سفرى دريايى ميره، ولى طوفان يا وقايع ديگه باعث ميشه سر از جزيره اى ناشناخته دربياره.

سفر اول: لى لى پوت
گاليورى كه در ساحل خوابيده، و وقتى بيدار ميشه مى بينه دست و پاش رو با ريسمان به زمين بستن و هزاران انسان كوچولو دورش جمع شدن. معروف ترين صحنه ى كتاب.
لى لى پوتى ها، نماينده ى انسان هاى كم خرد و حقير هستن، جنگ هاشون حقير، افكارشون حقير، زندگى شون حقير، و تقابل اين شرايط با عظمت گاليور، شرايط كميكى ايجاد مى كنه.

سف
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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
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
Nikoleta
Jan 17, 2016 Nikoleta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Ο ήρωας μας, Γκάλιβερ, μπαρκάρει ως γιατρός, και στα ταξίδια του βιώνει απίστευτες περιπέτειες. Συναντάει χώρες μαγευτικές, με λιλιπούτειους ανθρώπους, άλλες με γίγαντες, με μάγους ακόμα χώρες με πάνσοφα άλογα και νησιά που αιωρούνται στον αέρα.
Σε κάθε μία από αυτές, συζητά με τους κυβερνήτες και τους βασιλιάδες τους για θέματα διακυβέρνησης, θρησκείας, δικαιοσύνης, παιδείας και οτιδήποτε άλλο αφορά μια ανθρώπινη κοινωνία.
Όλες αυτές οι συζητήσεις, μαζί με τις παρατηρήσεις του Γκάλιβερ από τα ταξ
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Paul
Jul 17, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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فهد الفهد
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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James
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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.



Whaaaaat? You're probably thinking I'm a nut job for talking about this. But a few things to remember...

1. 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. Oh... and it's all satire. So let's relax a bit. :P

2. A M
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Mike Lindgren
Dec 05, 2007 Mike Lindgren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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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di
Apr 13, 2010 di rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
James
Mar 28, 2015 James rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very frustrating book, in parts brilliant, in others annoyingly tedious and just boring. Overall and having said that I did like it and am glad that I persevered.

The hardest work and most boring were the passages concerning voyages to: Lilliput and Brobdingnag - once the novelty and dilemmas of being tiny in a world of 'giants' and vice versa had been established, there were what seemed like endless passages concerning how small things were or how big things were at the respective destinations
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Sandra
Sep 10, 2012 Sandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gran-bretagna
"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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David Sarkies
Aug 30, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody and everybody
Recommended to David by: University History
Shelves: politics
Biting political satire
9 September 2015

I'm sure many of us are familiar with the tale of the sailor from England who after a shipwreck finds himself bound to the beach on an unknown island surrounded by a race of people who are substantially smaller that him.

Gulliver in Chains

Some of you are probably even familiar with the not so recent Jack Black film (which I have seen but can't remember much of it beyond Jack Black heading out in a speed boat from Miami and getting caught in a storm).

Jack Black is Lemeul Gulliver

From a very young age I
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Kyle
Mar 06, 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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Ian "Marvin" Graye
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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Guido
Aug 23, 2012 Guido rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Madeline
Apr 06, 2011 Madeline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Chris_P
I wasn't aware of the true nature of Swift's classic. I always thought it was a fairytale about the extraordinary lands and people Gulliver finds on his travels. What Swift actually does in Gulliver's Travels, is take a huge dump on the status quo of his all times. He does so through a delicate, witty satire and a subtle sense of humor. The amazing thing is that he touches subjects that must have been considered taboo back then and suggests ideas rather heretic. As a result, he delivers a work o ...more
Benjamin
Sep 12, 2007 Benjamin rated it it was amazing  ·  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!
Issicratea
Feb 28, 2016 Issicratea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 1700-1800
I was inspired to revisit Gulliver’s Travels by a recent reading of Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau, and also by More’s Utopia, which I have read a couple of times over the past few years. It was fascinating to read GT with these two books in mind. More, who gets a reverent name-check in Book III, seems the presiding spirit for the first two books, with their airy, poised satire and subtle modulations of register; while Wells comes to mind in the much darker fourth book, which he drew on brillia ...more
Jan-Maat
A man sets out on a journey. Through his travels he sees his own society from a new perspective. Finally returning home he is convinced of the wrongness and insufficiency of his own kind and spends all his time with horses, which one can see that he could have saved himself a lot of travelling, since even today there are people who prefer to spend their time with horses, whether from contempt towards more human habits I don't know. Nor have I observed whether close association with the four legg ...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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