- Series: Penguin Classics
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (February 25, 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0141439491
- ISBN-13: 978-0141439495
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 843 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,030 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin on 30 November 1667, some months after his father's death. He was sent to Kilkenny Grammar School when he was six and later attended Trinity College, Dublin, where he received his BA degree in 1686. He is considered the foremost prose satirist in the English language, which stemmed from his criticism of Britain's repressive colonial policies in Ireland. Among Swift's best known works is his ironic masterpiece, 'A Modest Proposal' (1729), and his novel, Gulliver's Travels (1726). Swift died on 19 October 1745.
Robert DeMaria, Jr. is Henry Noble McCracken Professor of English at Vassar College. He has published widely on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century literature.
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GULLIVER'S TRAVELS is a very early novel, first published in 1726 – just seven years after ROBINSON CRUSOE, often cited as the first modern novel. It has no dialogue at all, since it’s in the form of a memoir narrated by Gulliver of his travels, and it can be rather tough sledding to read it. However, listening to it (I mostly listened to it, instead of reading it) makes it much easier to comprehend, especially when it is read/performed as well as this was, by David Hyde Pierce (from “Frasier”). I really enjoyed this classic, a lot more than if I had simply read it.
The author uses great metaphors, like storms, to transition between different islands. Each change in setting teaches many important lessons without the reader really realizing it. How the author does this is a mystery and keeps the reader hooked,, wanting to know what will happen next snd if the characters will ever retturn home. You also wonder how things will change for thr main character if their journey does end and what the long lasting effects will be. Not just on that person, but those around them and where they live.
This is an interesting, intriguing, edge of your seat book that you don't want to miss!
This book is nicely illustrated with the cover being the original cover of the graphic novel published by Classic Comics from years ago. The other illustrations are also of a classic nature. I really liked these too.
The only problem I had with this edition, was the weird formating of the text. Sentences are broken up, so that it looks like poetry. It did take some getting used to it. And maybe I just got a strange copy.
I would have only given the book a lower rating for that reason, but I don't want to discourage people from reading it and enjoying the illustrations.
The book should be read for the content. After all is said and done, this writing could have been done in this day and age. For the problems in society Swift engages, still exist today.
If you want to really get a more complete picture of the history of our societies problems, then you should also read Swift's "A Modest Proposal". They are both quite humorous and really enjoyable.