- File Size: 640 KB
- Print Length: 240 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1499581742
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 12, 2012
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0082ZJGSW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,679 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Gulliver's Travels Kindle Edition
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Divided into four parts, "Gulliver's Travels" is presented as the historical memoirs of Lemuel Gulliver who narrates his strange adventures in undiscovered countries. In doing so, Swift explores and satirises almost every conceivable issue important in both his time and in ours: politics, religion, gender, science, progress, government, family and our basic ideas of defining humanity. As well as this, the novel is full of wonder and humour (some of it bordering on the vulgar!) and Swift's exploration of imaginary societies and countries is satire at its peak - no one before or since has reached Swift's mastery of this style.
Some of the more direct parodies concern people and events that have long since passed away, and as such an index or extensive background is required in order to fully understand the allusions that Swift is making. However, a far larger portion of the text discusses issues that are still relevant to today's readers, especially in the responsibilities of power and the limits to technological/scientific progression.
Part One: "A Voyage to Lilliput" is the most famous segment of the novel, and the context of the afore-mentioned "hostage episode".Read more ›
Your perspective on literature can change, too. Reading a story for a second time can give you a completely different view of it. "Huckleberry Finn" by Mark Twain, which I enjoyed as a sort of an adventure story when I was a kid, now reads as a harsh criticism of society in general and the institution of slavery in particular.
The same thing is true of "Gulliver's Travels" by Jonathan Swift. The first thing I realized upon opening the cover of this book as a college student was that I probably had never really read it before.
I knew the basic plot of Lemuel Gulliver's first two voyages to Lilliput and Brobdingnag, home of the tiny and giant people, respectively, but he had two other voyages of which I was not even aware: to a land of philosophers who are so lost in thought they can't see the simplest practical details, Laputa, and to a land ruled by wise and gentle horses or Houyhnhnms and peopled by wild, beastly human-like creatures called Yahoos.
While this book has become famous and even beloved by children, Jonathan Swift was certainly not trying to write a children's book.
Swift was well known for his sharp, biting wit, and his bitter criticism of 18th century England and all her ills.Read more ›
The last place he visits is a country that is populated by extremely intelligent horses, who after hearing Gulliver's explanation of his own country and government, give their impressions of what is wrong with the English government and monarchy. Very tactful, but it makes the points he wants readers to understand. Many similar ideas to Thomas Paine's "Common Sense" come out in the horses' discussions.
A bit long. I thought it might be a bit childish at first. But it was well worth reading from cultural, political and historical points of view.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic based upon fantasy places which really don't exist but fun to contemplate. I found it interesting a major Internet company name is based upon characters in this book -... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Gary
Has some pretty profound insights on the human condition, but I think he goes a bit too far in the final chapters. Haven't read Swift before, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
What a great book. Good Job. Minor code updates available.Beats many newer kind of books.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
An excellent book that touches upon the subjects of human society, with a touch of humour and plenty of adventure.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
It amazes me that a story written in the early 1700's is still pertinent today. I highly recommend reading or re-reading this book. Read morePublished 18 days ago by J. Coombs
Swift tells this excellent tale of a travelers journeys to distant lands, filled with misfortune and folly. Read morePublished 23 days ago