Gulliver's Travels (Collector's Library)
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Gulliver's Travels (Collector's Library)

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by Jonathan Swift
     
 

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Jonathan Swift's masterpiece is the finest satire in the English language. Shipwrecked traveller Lemuel Gulliver finds himself washed ashore in Lilliput, a kingdom populated by tiny people. Fascinated by their exotic visitor, the Lilliputians enlist Gulliver's services in their bitter civil war. But Gulliver becomes the object of a court intrigue and has to make a

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Jonathan Swift's masterpiece is the finest satire in the English language. Shipwrecked traveller Lemuel Gulliver finds himself washed ashore in Lilliput, a kingdom populated by tiny people. Fascinated by their exotic visitor, the Lilliputians enlist Gulliver's services in their bitter civil war. But Gulliver becomes the object of a court intrigue and has to make a hasty escape. On his next voyage, his ship is blown off course to Brobdingnag, whose giant inhabitants strike him as horrific and occasionally revolting. A third journey takes him to Laputa, a floating island occupied by pedantic scientists and philosophers. Finally, he encounters a society of rational horses, the Houyhnhnms, and witnesses the appalling behavior of their servants the Yahoos, a group who are in many ways disturbingly similar to Man at his most bestial. Swift's brilliantly original story is a timeless portrait of the human condition in all its misery and majesty.

Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin in 1667. Although he spent most of his childhood in Ireland, he considered himself English, and, aged twenty-one, moved to England, where he found employment as secretary to the diplomat Sir William Temple. On Temple's death in 1699, Swift returned to Dublin to pursue a career in the Church. By this time he was also publishing in a variety of genres, and between 1704 and 1729 he produced a string of brilliant satires, of which Gulliver's Travels is the best known. Between 1713 and 1742 he was Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin; he was buried there when he died in 1745.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780760757772
Publisher:
Sterling Publishing
Publication date:
08/30/2004
Series:
Barnes & Noble Collector's Library
Edition description:
Pocket-Sized Unabridged Edition
Pages:
381
Product dimensions:
3.14(w) x 9.82(h) x 0.67(d)

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Gulliver's Travels 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 149 reviews.
eurekatpt More than 1 year ago
FYI, this free Google download is only Volume 2 of 2. Even though it looks like you will be getting the full book, this ebook is only the second half.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too many scanning and OCR errors to read -- avoid the frustration
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This version was not scanned well and put nicely into a digital format. Try looking for another version of this tale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldnt tell where the table of contents ended and the actual book began. Perhaps it only looks like this on my original nook?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't change font size on iPhone 3GS or iPhone 4. Disappointed. Will have to read on laptop.
BRMiller More than 1 year ago
Part I and II were quick reads filled with great fantasy which most of us see as THE Gulliver's Travels. Part III was a little boring and hard to get through and Part IV was a perfect combination of fantasy and Swift using great symbolism to strongly express his views.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Guliver's Travels is an exiting book as John Swift brings you in to the lives of: little peole, giants,and brings you into worlds of imortality, a floating island, a world were horses have peple as pets, and much more.
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This book is simply the worst of all copies. First of all it makes no sense. Second most of it is like being washed in mud for 9 hrs then with no towel outside when its snowing. I really sugest that you DO NOT buy or read this book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was really engaging and it made me think. It is really interesting to imagine what life would be like if we were six inches or sixty feet tall.
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