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Gulliver's Travels [Paperback]

Jonathan Swift
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November 29, 2011 1613821832 978-1613821831
Gulliver's Travels (1726, amended 1735), is a novel by Anglo-Irish writer and clergyman Jonathan Swift that is both a satire on human nature and a parody of the "travellers' tales" literary sub-genre. It is Swift's best known full-length work, and a classic of English literature.

The book became tremendously popular as soon as it was published (John Gay said in a 1726 letter to Swift that "it is universally read, from the cabinet council to the nursery"); since then, it has never been out of print.
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Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), a poet, satirist, and clergyman, published many satirical works, among them A Modest Proposal.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613821832
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613821831
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #549,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories for Children Magazine 5 Star review November 25, 2010
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best classics. November 22, 2011
This is a book I am constantly quoting from. I love the explanation of how one can be ruined at law. Swift is a genius in his delivery and style. I had my son read this book when he was only 10 and he's read it another time since. I have also read it more than once but I'm so old, I'm not sure if it's been more than twice... ;)

READ IT... Then, read it again !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars unabridged November 28, 2012
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i love that this tale is still available, unabridged, in a day and age that in our world, we're witnessing the 'dumbing- down' of our youth in every arena. there's something so intrinsically valuable to the human mind to be able to read these old tomes in their original language. although it can be a challenging read, as our modern vernacular had declined, it's fabulously written and will spark good use of language and the written word, in a mind willing to engage it. simply awesome.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Timeless Work of Biting Satire June 6, 2014
The author of Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift, was born in the 17th century and penned this, his most famous work, in the early 18th century. It is a magnificent piece of satire and has stood the test of time, perhaps better than any novel of its kind.

Through Gulliver’s travels to Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa and the land of the Houyhnhnms (intelligent horses) and Yahoos (dumb and brutish humanoids), Swift is able to hold up many of the institutions of his day, such as our system of government, laws, religion, armed conflict, medicine and education to ridicule, as Lemuel Gulliver seeks to explain them to his various hosts, to their horror and disbelief.

Swift’s razor sharp wit and entertaining method of satire is as effective today as it was when written, when it must have been an absolute sensation. While it can be an effective teaching tool, and many view it as simply a children’s book, much of the work would be far too sophisticated for young children, and I can testify that as a well-read 53 year old, I found it highly entertaining and enlightening.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good January 20, 2014
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Good. I and then the book I read was good to read as I read the good book it was good
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