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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.
A very unlikely other story runs through it but otherwise it is really very amusing!(less)
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The Usual Many native English speakers regard Gulliver's travels as a children's book, so no, you don't need to refer to the footnotes if you don't want to.…moreMany native English speakers regard Gulliver's travels as a children's book, so no, you don't need to refer to the footnotes if you don't want to. Having said that, it is a piece of extended satire so if you want to read it in a more grown-up fashion and your knowledge of that period in British history isn't particularly strong, you may want to do so. (less)

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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 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Lisa
"And he gave it for his opinion, "that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together."

I don't think there will ever be a time when Gulliver's Travels doesn't feel like a perfect mirror of humankind. I remember the first time I read it, as a child. I was immeasurably impressed with the sudden insigh
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Nayra.Hassan
Feb 19, 2016 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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Ahmad Sharabiani
983. Gulliver’s Travels (1736), 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 سده 18 میلادی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه ژوئن سال 1970 میلادی
عنوان: سفرنام
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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
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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Fernando
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Los viajes de Gulliver” es del tipo de libros que podrían agruparse con otros relatos de viajes para ser leídos en cadena, puesto que las experiencias que se narran en ellos en general son afines entre sí.
Por la naturaleza de lo que sucede en él, se pueden establecer relaciones entre éste libro y “Robinson Crusoe”, de Daniel Defoe, a partir de las experiencias de Lemuel Gulliver como náufrago en varias ocasiones, o “La isla del tesoro” de Robert Louis Stevenson e incluso por el tipo de personaj
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Lori
Aug 03, 2008 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.
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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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
Vit Babenco
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lemuel Gulliver was the first who discovered the theory of relativity: he comprehended that everything in the world is relative therefore while amongst Lilliputians he is a giant, amongst Brobdingnagians he is a midget.
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
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Paul E. Morph
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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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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Andrew
Jan 18, 2008 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
Mohammed Abbas
كتاب جيد يحوي النص الأصلي لرحلات جلفر، واحد من أهم كتب الخيال والفانتزيا في الأدب، والذي تم أقتباس الكثير من الاعمال السينمائية و عشرات القصص المصورة منه، ولا يتجاوزه في ذلك سوى كتاب "حكايات أندرسن" لهانز كريستيان
Leonard Gaya
Oct 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everyone remembers poor Gulliver in breeches and three-cornered hat, pinned down with cords on a beach, by an army of minute soldiers. A young boy’s nightmare, no doubt, but there is much more to this book than this rosy image, reproduced endlessly on the pediments of toy shops and theme parks. This is indeed an astonishing book.

Gulliver’s Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World presents itself as the plain and faithful account of the voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a surgeon from Redriff a
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Nikoleta
Jan 17, 2016 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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Loretta
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.
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
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.



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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di
Apr 13, 2010 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
Mike Lindgren
Dec 05, 2007 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
Czarny Pies
May 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Earthlings
Recommended to Czarny by: Professor Daniel Blostein
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. However, as my professor in first year English said, the important thing is to devote equally energy and attention to the last two sections of the book which are as strong ...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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James
Mar 28, 2015 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
"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 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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Madeline
Apr 06, 2011 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
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