Gulliver's travels

Gulliver's travels

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by Mr Jonathan Swift

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Gulliver's Travels is an adventure story (in reality, a misadventure story) involving several voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon, who, because of a series of mishaps en route to recognized ports, ends up, instead, on several unknown islands living with people and animals of unusual sizes, behaviors, and philosophies, but who, after each adventure, is somehow


Gulliver's Travels is an adventure story (in reality, a misadventure story) involving several voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon, who, because of a series of mishaps en route to recognized ports, ends up, instead, on several unknown islands living with people and animals of unusual sizes, behaviors, and philosophies, but who, after each adventure, is somehow able to return to his home in England where he recovers from these unusual experiences and then sets out again on a new voyage.
Book I: When the ship Gulliver is traveling on is destroyed in a storm, Gulliver ends up on the island of Lilliput, where he awakes to find that he has been captured by Lilliputians, very small people - approximately six inches in height. Gulliver is treated with compassion and concern. In turn, he helps them solve some of their problems, especially their conflict with their enemy, Blefuscu, an island across the bay from them. Gulliver falls from favor, however, because he refuses to support the Emperor's desire to enslave the Blefuscudians and because he "makes water" to put out a palace fire. Gulliver flees to Blefuscu, where he converts a large war ship to his own use and sets sail from Blefuscu eventually to be rescued at sea by an English merchant ship and returned to his home in England.

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Meet the Author

Jonathan Swift

Detail of a portrait of Jonathan Swift directed by Charles Jervas (1718).

Other key data names MB Draper, Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff
Activities priest, writer, pamphleteer
Born November 30, 1667
Dublin (Ireland)
Death October 19, 1745 (77 years)
Dublin (Ireland)
Writing language English

major works

Letters from the clothier, (1724)
Gulliver's Travels (1726)
Modest Proposal (1729)
Jonathan Swift, born November 30, 1667 in Dublin, Ireland, and died October 19, 1745 in the same city is a writer, satirist, essayist, pamphleteer Anglo-Irish politics. [1] He is also a poet and cleric, and as he was Dean of St Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.

He is famous for writing Gulliver's Travels. Swift is probably the greatest satirist in prose in the English language. He published his works by using pseudonyms such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff and MB Draper, or even anonymously. Finally, it is known to be a master of two styles of satire, satire and horacienne juvénalienne satire. He is a member of the Scriblerus Club.

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Gulliver's Travels 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 918 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'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.
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.
mr_mountain_lion More than 1 year ago
Gulliver's Travels is a satirical novel written by Jonathan Swift that was first published in 1726. Gulliver's Travels is divided into four parts: A Voyage to Lilliput and Blefuscu, A Voyage to Laputa, A Voyage to Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, and Japan, and finally A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms. Before reading Gulliver's Travels I knew of the Voyage to Lilliput and the Voyage to Brobdingnag; Lilliput is the home of the tiny people and Brobdingnag the home of the giant people. However I was not aware of the last two voyages; the Voyage to Laputa and the Voyage to the country of the Houyhnhnms. Laputa is a land ruled by philosophers, musicians, artists, mathematicians, and scientists who are so lost in thought they can't see how to apply their knowledge to a practical use. In the Country of the Houyhnhnms, the land is ruled by wise and gentle horses and inhabited by wild, beastly human-like creatures called Yahoos. Jonathan Swift satirizes social issues that were important in his time, and still remain important social issues currently such as: politics, religion, gender, science, progress, government, family and our basic ideas of humanity. Gulliver's Travels is full of humor and Swift's exploration of imaginary societies and countries is satire at its best. Overall, I give Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels a well deserved five stars.