Gulliver's Travels (Legacy Collection)

Gulliver's Travels (Legacy Collection)

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by Jonathan Swift
     
 

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ISBN-13:
9780982751176
Publisher:
Lucid Books
Publication date:
08/01/2010
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

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Gulliver's Travels 3.4 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 913 reviews.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
Forget the cartoon versions of the Lilliputians and read the original. This collection of adventures from four voyages (Lilliput is only the first voyage.) builds in satire and its cutting edge right through the fourth voyage. Although written in such a different time, the book remains biting in wit and thought provoking. A most read for those interested in custom and culture, power and authority, and politics and economics in a shrinking world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a geat classic story. Yes, some of the satire is lost to us now, but it makes wonderful statements about humanity that are still pertinent today. Truly wonderful!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A work of incredible genius. Every section provides new insight into human folly and idiocy- and whether one is a Houhnymn or a Yahoo, Big -Ender or Little-Ender one must delight at the human capacity to bring the human down to its proper size. The brilliance of Swift is evident everywhere most poignantly perhaps in those creatures who go on living forever while continuing to physically and mentally age- perhaps modern medicine should have read this section. A remarkable work but not especially for those who love mankind and wish to be optimistic about human life.
SFC_Magazine More than 1 year ago
On the eve of a new movie release based on Gulliver's Travels I was asked to review the book being re-released to coincide with the new Jack Black movie. I accepted the challenge fully expecting to receive a modernized, cannibalized carcass of the original work. When the book arrived, I was surprised and delighted to see it's the entire work in its original form. However, now I had a dilemma on my hands: What does one say about a true classic masterwork that has survived for centuries? As I began re-reading the book I hadn't read in better than thirty years, I was still in a quandary as to what this usually less than humble reviewer could say about a brilliant masterwork that hadn't been said hundreds of times before. The fact is, I can't improve on what was said before, but I could remind people of the enjoyment such a book can bring to the reader. In this soundbite world, I imagine few have read and enjoyed the original work. Avid readers know what the rest of the world seems to have forgotten, the pure joy of a brilliant masterwork. Granted, I have enjoyed the many previous movies based on Gulliver's Travels and fully expect to enjoy the new Jack Black movie, but having been on movie sets, and in the cutting room, I know that a movie can rarely do a complete novel justice, unless they want to make a movie six to eight hours long. For time reasons, it simply isn't possible to include everything in a movie that's in a book. I urge everyone that enjoys a great story to both get and enjoy the book version of Gulliver's Travels, and go see the movie, but not necessarily in that order. Enjoy the book for the literary masterwork it is, and the movie for the comedic genius that is Mr. Black.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is different than the movie but it is way better! I rate it five out of five!
Benedick_101 More than 1 year ago
I won't lie: I initially read Gulliver's Travels so that I would be justified in hating the Jack Black film for destroying a masterpiece of literature. However, I really got into this wonderful tale!! This edition contains helpful notes that tell you exactly what Jonathan Swift was satirizing (i.e. "Big Endians" and "Little Endians, Laputa, etc.) and you are able to see the brilliance in his ideas. The only reason i didn't give it five stars is that the voyage to Brobdingnag (Book 2) drags a little bit. On the whole, it's a bona fide magnum opus
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I read this novel was in high school. he story at face value can be viewed as a children's story, yet for me Swift's story dug deep and opened my eyes to a world beyond my own, and taught me to search for a sort of utopia, only one that resides within our world. Since reading Gulliver's Travel, I have gone on to college, and is now a graduate student in English Literature.I have in that period probably recommended this novel to everyone I've ever met interested in reading. It changed my life in ways I can't understand fully, but the heart and soul of Gulliver lives in me now, taking me through journeys one can only dream of.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book itself is great. However, this prticuklar ebook is absolutely unreadable. More words are misspelled than are spelled correctly, and it's not just unimportant misspellings either. It's so bad you often cannot even tell what word it was supposed to say.
Howardson More than 1 year ago
Haven't read it yet, but having trouble getting to footnotes and back. Works once but the next footnote goes to some un-related page you can't return from. Also the illustrations are very small sub-thumbnail size.
NataliaAbramova More than 1 year ago
The first two parts were interesting and adventurous. The second part was my favorite. But the third and the forth were less exciting and more philosophical. Overall it's a good book but I found the second half of the book to be a bit boring.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Only difficult part was using the endnotes.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a fun witty book. I looked at a lot if the footnotes which helped me follow the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I must admit, it was a very good read. Some old fashioned terms, yes, but I think (and hope) it retained all of it's wit and charm throught the years. Overall, not exactly somethingbI would let my 7-year old read (if I had one) but DEFINETLY one for the teens.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great. The first 40 or so pages are just some things the author wanted to put in. If you just skip to chapter1 and ignore those, it'll be fine. The only grammar mistake was it was missing an apostrophe. And it only happens once. Great book. Reccomend it to all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it. It was really funny and clever...it's not short. So don't start it unless you have some time.
EnglTchr More than 1 year ago
I have put off reading Gulliver's Travels for perhaps 50 years. I should have read it sooner. It's funny and surprisingly up-to-date. Everyone knows about Gulliver's being in the land of the Lilliputians, but you ought to know about the land where horses are the masters and humans are uncouth and despised yahoos.
12Miler More than 1 year ago
Thought-provoking and still relevant to the political follies of modern times, if you look past the veneer of the entertaining story. It has probably been 40 years since I read this in high school, and wanted to re-read it following a visit to Ireland. The story is based on 4 fantasy voyages to different isolated areas of the globe, outside the known geography of the time it was written, 1726 - it would be set in modern times as different planets, like Star Trek episodes. The allegories and satire appear to elude many of those who are writing 2 line reviews of this story, like -- boring, too many pages, archaic. Those reviewers must be products of the dumbed-down education rubric of today, looking at the story at face value simply for entertainment without trying to understand the author's intent or interest in the story behind the story. Most people are acquainted with the Lilliputians, the tiny people, but are unfamiliar with the rest of the book. Having recently read a novel based on the writings of Roger Williams in the 1600's, this book was highly influenced by the political events of the English Civil War and that of the Protestant/Anglican in-fighting represented by the Big-Endians and Little-Endians, fighting battles over which end to crack open an egg . Some things seem astonishingly prescient that conditions have changed very little in nearly 400 years, such as the Royal Academy scientists of Laputa spending years of research to extract sunshine from cucumbers, or mixing paint by smell, compared to the grant-writing researchers of today, like shrimp on a treadmill. The fourth voyage to the land of the Houyhnhnms described a utopian society, where the dignity and intelligence of the horse-like creatures ruled, without lying or guile, and the inferior human-like Yahoos describes the unfortunate lot of those living in modern society, infested with imperfections, disease, crime, greed, and envy. Remarkable insights can be taken, particularly in this edition, with linked footnotes, an interactive glossary for the archaic terms (there were a few that got missed), and the extras about the various films that have been made over the years. An excellent commentary to be shared and discussed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey if your in to a good adventure story this is the book to read. Youstart off in a easy to grasp startingjourney and then the story continues to get further out their but you see a side of the characters as we act in humanity. This is a good story full of great adventures. All i can say is poor gulliver or is he really in need of pity?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am 11 and i liked it recomend this book for all great readers
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kids will like this book to read. It is a very funny book. I just got it and it is awsome! This is a good book for young alduts and senor citizons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is great!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
ZenobiaF More than 1 year ago
Caustic and still highly relevant. Every educated person should read and enjoy this book.
DollyMN More than 1 year ago
I read this book 40 years ago and pick it up to read on my Nook because it was free, I am glad I did. Loved it better this time now that I am older and know about great writting.
pod49 More than 1 year ago
Political Satire written centuries ago doesn't allways translate to the present. However if one follows our current political leader and pundits it looks a lot like when Gulliver visited the Lilliputians. Just like in lilliput everyone is an expert with their talking points. Not a great amount of dialog but much to think about.
William Gold More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Swift flips conventions on its head and simultaneously gives you a smart, socially relevant view of society and politics in his time.