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Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people, whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters - with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms and brutish Yahoos - give Gulliver new, bitter insights into human behaviour. Swift's sav ...more
Hardcover, Clothbound, 336 pages
Published November 25th 2010 by Penguin Classics (first published October 28th 1726)
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Let’s face it….
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.

Paul Bryant
Mar 19, 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
Mar 10, 2009 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.
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
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.

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
Sep 13, 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
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
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
Apr 14, 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
فهد الفهد
Apr 21, 2014 فهد الفهد rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, favorites
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
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
Aug 22, 2016 Nayra.Hassan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ا
Sep 05, 2016 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
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
David Sarkies
Sep 09, 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
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
Aug 01, 2015 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
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
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
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
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!
Nelson Zagalo
Gulliver pode não ser a maior obra de arte literária, mas é uma das obras literárias de maior impacto narrativo na nossa civilização recente. Não existe meio expressivo — cinema, rádio, banda desenhada, teatro, etc. — que não tenha visto surgir a sua versão de "Viagens de Gulliver", sendo que desde que foi publicado, há quase 300 anos, não deixou de ser reapresentado a cada nova geração. Gulliver é fruto do mais nobre que a imaginação humana nos pode dar, o puro ato de fantasia, em todo o seu es ...more
Jubilation Lee
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!


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
Samra Yousuf
Oct 20, 2016 Samra Yousuf rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.”

I'm not big craze of philosophies garbed in chunks of story.
Well,this is not a thing with it not entirely.
Jonathan is a well-known Satirist who well knows how to do the job.
And thing with Gulliver's Trevels is that,its a work of satire and dark-humor
The four travels we encounter while dealing with the story is a work of genius.
A wonderful story that should be read as it was written by Swift as a satire of political life and realities
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 31, 2011 C. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Jun 27, 2016 AMEERA rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
good book but not wow
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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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