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Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings

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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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Published September 1st 1984 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1958)
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Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
A Bantam pb from 1962, reprint 1981. Some of this stuff was written in 1697. It’s ôld.

Into the gutter left and right about two-letters’ worth of a span are nearly illegible. But for fifty coppers, I knew what I was getting. One makes due. And plans for a better annotated, more nicely bound edition in one’s future.

The first piece, popularly known as Gulliver’s Travels, I have failed to review elsewhere. I hesitate to link to that Review knowing that such appearance of self-promotion is and ought
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I picked up this collection because I wanted to read A Modest Proposal. It's one of those must-reads, and only nine pages long. Written in 1729, it's a bitingly satirical economic solution to the problem of poverty among Irish families with too many mouths to feed. Quite funny in some places, unless you're a very literal person, in which case you'll find it gruesome.
Here's a example: "I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child well nu
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Michael
Jul 10, 2013 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cynics, English historians, English majors
Recommended to Michael by: Frank McCourt
I read this at the turn of the millennium, along with Ambrose Bierce and H. L. Mencken, as it seemed an ideal time to get to know the great cynics of the English language. I was mostly familiar with Gulliver through various child-oriented media adaptations, and had never really experienced the whole story as it was intended - as a satire of European society in the Age of "Enlightenment." Happily, this version gave me that opportunity, and was also annotated to give context to some of what Swift ...more
Fenixbird SandS
Mar 15, 2011 Fenixbird SandS rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: poems childrens books travel Irish, English history
Recommended to Fenixbird by: Elem school 4th grade Mrs,. Wilson
has a collection of Swift's poems+ politically incorrect, "A Tale of a Tub." "A Description of the Morning" (1709) by Jonathan Swift

Now hardly here and there a hackney-coach
Appearing, showed the ruddy morn's approach.
Now Betty from her master's bed had flown,
And softly stole to discompose her own.
The slipshod prentice from his Master's door,
Had par'd the dirt, and sprinkled round the floor.
Now Moll had whirl'd her mop with dext'rous airs,
Prepar'd to scrub the entry and the stairs.

The youth with
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Sarah
Mar 15, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was some interesting social and political commentary in here, especially in Parts III and IV. And I appreciated that. And I know this complaint sort of is beside the point, but it's my honest complaint and I'm going to state it. Why the hell did this guy ever get married and have kids? He always goes on adventures because he apparently can't stand to be at home for more than a couple of months at a time and craves the open seas. And when he's on these adventures, he never seems to miss his ...more
Mo
Mar 15, 2011 Mo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I remember this being much more interesting when I was a kid. Maybe I was reading a children's or abridged version because I couldn't even finish part one this time. It's too bad because it does sound like a really interesting story, just not so much while I'm actually reading it.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Aug 02, 2013 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it liked it
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: Good Reading
The introduction to my edition claims that "Gulliver's Travels has held our attention for nearly three centuries because of its uncanny ability to be whatever we have wanted it to be: a political book, a children's book, a merry book, a mad book, satiric, ironic, parodic, perhaps a novel, perhaps not." The source material sure doesn't read like children's fare. Although I suppose small boys might very well adore the bathroom humor, I can't see them getting past the antique language with unending ...more
Arielle Masters
Read this once or twice growing up; now re-reading it for a library book club I'm in. By reading this, I mean Gulliver's Travels - not the essays (other than A Modest Proposal, which I did re-read).

From previous readings, I mostly remembered Gulliver going to Lilliput, where he was the huge guy; then going to Brobdingnag (sp?), where he was the tiny guy, and then there being a land with talking horses but no details from that stayed with me. I hadn't remembered a flying island or any of Gulliver
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Realini
Apr 23, 2015 Realini rated it liked it
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
Classic, yes but just 7 out of 10 for this pretentious reader

- Is there any novel more famous than Gulliver’s Travels
- I doubt it
These are notes that do not refer to style, objective merits, historical context and all the other literary aspects.
For a professional opinion a reader is way better off searching for an appreciated critic and skip these amateur scribbling.
For what is worth, once in a while curiosities attract our attention, be they cats that adopt
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Susan
Mar 15, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t think I read this as a kid, or if I did I only read the Lilliput part, though I did remember that Gulliver also met big people who treated him like a little doll. Those were parts 1 and 2. In part 3, he visits a number of different places trying to get home. He encounters people whose dedication to science makes them incapable of doing anything practical and some humans who never die but continue to age, being “written off” by their culture when their contemporaries die so that the live ...more
Justin Mitchell
Aug 28, 2012 Justin Mitchell rated it liked it
So, since this is a collection of many works, to judge it as one seems unfair.

Here's how I felt about each one:

Gulliver's Travels: 5 stars

Tale of a Tub: 1 star

A Modest Proposal: 4 stars

Everything else: 2 stars

So, overall, three stars for this volume. Swift has a trenchant wit. I laughed out loud a few times, something not many writers can make me do. But in many negative ways, he is a product of his time--verbose, florid, and difficult to understand, focused more on advertising his own verbal pr
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Eric
Mar 31, 2016 Eric rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a bit of a struggle. At some point it came close to being more than I could handle; I began to get dispirited and discouraged, my reading slowing to a crawl as I got lost in its labyrinthine passages and suffocated under a veritable deluge of description/exposition. Thankfully I rallied, & in the end raced over the finish line as the book itself took on a whole new dimension of profundity in its final section. Far more than the imaginative adventure story parody its reputation would ...more
Damien Malcolm
Sep 23, 2015 Damien Malcolm rated it liked it
Due mostly to the age of the book and language idiosyncrasies of time, I often found this difficult to read out loud, as did my children find it equally difficult to understand. Having said that, the story itself is not bad; some parts are quite entertaining and the premise is interesting. The author frequently waffles off on a tanjent, though, going into far too much detail on a certain subject - then ironically pulling himself up a page later saying something like "but I would not bother the ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Jun 27, 2014 Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids-1001
Will the real Gulliver please stand up?

Is it an authentic Gulliver experience to read the children's picture book?

Or is it a more genuine experience to read it, unedited, without pictures, on a Kindle?

I read both this week. I liked the children's version better. The pictures were fun and the edited text included the best of the original and omitted the extraneous material that seemed irrelevant to the heart of the book.

I'm happy I read the original as well as the edited version. I can see the a
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Tyler Chatelain
Apr 13, 2011 Tyler Chatelain rated it really liked it
Gulliver's Travels is an absolutely ridiculous tale, throwing Lemuel Gulliver into a series of strange encounters which seem like alternate worlds that parallel society. The novel was so appealing throughout due to the way the satire treats society, particularly in response to the feudalism of the Lilliputs (whose society appears comical in trying to oppress the "giant" Gulliver) and the seemingly sardonic take on the English Royal Society and its incredibly disgusting, often inane experiments. ...more
Micah Grant
Dec 17, 2015 Micah Grant rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
I was under the impression that this was a book of fairy tales, but it turned out to be commentary on the social structure, government, and morality of the people of his time. Many things he pointed out are still applicable today. His descriptions of the way people view morality and reason, among other things, are very insightful. This should be required reading in schools to help give people the perspective they need to look at their own lives and see where they need to improve. I'll likely ...more
Diane
Apr 28, 2013 Diane rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I finally finished this book today. I extremely struggled to get through the Other Stories part. The part with Gulliver's Travels surprised me. I've always thought it was just about the little people of Lilliput ... but there's 3 other sections which include Giants, an Island in the Sky and Horses. So on a scale of 5 stars .... I give Gulliver's Travels a 3 and the Other Stories a 1 ... so giving the book a 2 (or 4 on a scale of 10 stars).
Dorothy R
Finally read this one. Probably would have been much more fulfilling if I were up on my British history of the time frame during which he wrote - although some of the satire was even funnier considering the passage of time. For example, I am sure that his making fun of Isaac Newton's belief in gravity is much more interesting since it is no longer questioned as a valid scientific operator but is accepted as the truth. And learning where the word "yahoo" came from was a little bonus.
Rebeca
Nov 26, 2011 Rebeca rated it it was ok
The real rating I give this book is a 1.5 star, but I put 2 just to be nice. I just hated the ending and the constant satire. It annoyed me to death. I should just be able to read a book without having to analyze it and think about what Swift's meaning behind it is supposed to be. For Gulliver to end up conversing with his horses after all he experienced just isn't a great ending to me, let alone a great book.
Clintington Clintington
Nov 18, 2016 Clintington Clintington rated it really liked it
I grew up reading the different chapters sprinkled in bits and pieces all through elementary and junior high. The novel as a whole is a great fantasy for all ages. Yes, there is social commentary, but when you're a kid you enjoy the fantasy elements. The social commentary stuff is enjoyable for we adults who think so highly of ourselves now that we can "analyze" things. ;-) Point being, an enjoyable read.
Laura
Mar 15, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
I'm not going to say that this is a terrible book it was probably an awesome book when it was written it's just that all the satire went right over my head. The story itself I found way to long and can't see it being a good children's story at all. It was just crammed with some much boring detail that I didn't find entertaining or necessary.
Kirsten
Mar 15, 2011 Kirsten rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, classics
Some classics tell their age more than others. Swift wrote satire about current events--and that quite brilliantly--but some of the objects of his critique are dead and buried. Still, the story itself holds its own well enough. New lands, giants, ship wrecks, pirates, mad scientists, talking horses...there's something in it for everyone.
Sharon
Mar 15, 2011 Sharon rated it it was ok
Shelves: in-hs, classic-lit
The first time I tried to read this for high school English I had a version that was printed as Swift had written it: strange spelling, capital letters in the middle of sentences. I could not get through it. Once I found a more comprehensible version, I made it through, but I never really enjoyed any of it. Adore the animated film, though ("All's well!).
Matthew
Jun 05, 2016 Matthew rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: utopia
Fun though it was to revisit Gulliver's Travels, it was the 'other writings' in this collection that held the value for me, as I was previously ignorant of their existence. A Tale of a Tub was brilliant, as were the Bickerstaff Papers. In comparison Gulliver's Travels takes second place, along with Battle of the Books.
Josephus Brautigan
Jonathan Swift was a beauty. Not only is Gulliver's Travels a classic but it is a landmark achievement in satire, my favorite genre. Largely looked at as a child's tale, this book is a very heavy read. Eloquently written and utilizing a broad vocabulary, I recommend this book to lovers of Satire and high adventure.
Flo
May 08, 2012 Flo rated it it was ok
I read this when I belonged to a book club a few years back. It was my book choice. I thought it was an interesting read. Interesting in that it was different from anything else you might have read before. My fellow book club members unanimously disliked it, maybe even hated it. After that book choice, they always worried when it was my turn to choose a book.
Annchan Maulana
The story telling about Gulliver journey to four strange and remarkable place :

1. Lands of Lilliput, where Gulliver seems a giant among a race of tiny people;
2. Brobdingnag, where the natives are giants and Gulliver puny; 3. The ruined yet magical country of Laputa;
4. The home of the Houyhnhnms, gentle horses far superior to the ugly humanoid Yahoos who share their universe.
Darlene


I read this as a 15 year old. I loved it. Now not so much. I know somewhere in my 20's I lost some of my imagination. It made me reflect that I need to get that back. I think I need to add more fantasy on my bookshelf.
Nathan Sharp
Jul 13, 2011 Nathan Sharp rated it liked it
Swift is definitely creative and clever. A lot of the effect of this book is diminished for the current reader because it has been so influential that his ideas have been copied to the point of cliche, but it is still enjoyable.
Tony
Mar 15, 2011 Tony rated it it was amazing
I gather that most folks have already read this, but if you are one of those few who haven't (as I was a short while ago), I highly recommend reading the chapters satirizing Academia, i.e. Gulliver's descriptions of Laputa and Lagado.
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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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