Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift Claude Julien Rawson Ian Higgins

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Gulliver's Travels By Jonathan Swift Claude Julien Rawson Ian Higgins Gulliver s Travels In Gulliver s Travels the narrator represents himself as a reliable reporter of the fantastic adventures he has just experienced But how far can we rely on a narrator who has been impersonated by som

  • Title: Gulliver's Travels
  • Author: Jonathan Swift Claude Julien Rawson Ian Higgins
  • ISBN: 9780199536849
  • Page: 294
  • Format: Paperback
  • Gulliver's Travels By Jonathan Swift Claude Julien Rawson Ian Higgins In Gulliver s Travels, the narrator represents himself as a reliable reporter of the fantastic adventures he has just experienced But how far can we rely on a narrator who has been impersonated by someone else The work purports to be a travel book, and describes the shipwrecked Gulliver s encounters with the inhabitants of four extraordinary places Lilliput, BrobdingnagIn Gulliver s Travels, the narrator represents himself as a reliable reporter of the fantastic adventures he has just experienced But how far can we rely on a narrator who has been impersonated by someone else The work purports to be a travel book, and describes the shipwrecked Gulliver s encounters with the inhabitants of four extraordinary places Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the country of the Houyhnhnms An extraordinarily skillful blend of fantasy and realism makes Gulliver s Travels by turns hilarious, frightening, and profound Swift s alter ego plays tricks on us, and our gullibility uncovers one of the world s most disturbing satires of the human condition.The fullest, most up to date paperback of Gulliver s Travels currently available, this new edition contains an astute analysis of the nature of Swift s satire It includes the changing frontispiece portraits of Gulliver that appeared in successive early editions and whose subtle changes contribute to the reader s uncertainty about the veracity of the author A new introduction by Claude Rawson draws on the latest scholarship and considers Swift s role playing and the relationship of the author to Gulliver.About the Series For over 100 years Oxford World s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe Each affordable volume reflects Oxford s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up to date bibliographies for further study, and much .
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    1. Stephen on said:

      Let s face it.Jonathan Swift was a snarky, snarky bitch Gulliver s Travels is like a giantpimp slap across the human race face and I am so glad I finally read this in a non school, non structured environment because I had a whole lot fun with it this time around Swift s wit, insight and delivery are often, though not always, remarkable and he crams well thought out jabs and toe steppings in this slim 250 page novel than I would have thought possible in a work twice this long This is certainly [...]

    2. Paul Bryant on said:

      Okay, I didn t finish this sucker It was poor I was kind of shocked I was thinking why does no one point out that this is a giant rip off of Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Honey I Blew Up the Kid It s painfully obvious I don t see why this Danial Defoe mope has not had his ass sued, maybe he avoided that by writing his ripoff in a long ass frankly boring olde worlde style so that all the lawyers would fall asleep before they got their writ typed up The other stuff that isn t Lillypoot and Borodbyna [...]

    3. Lisa on said:

      And he gave it for his opinion, that whoever could make two ears of corn, or two blades of grass, to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before, would deserve better of mankind, and do essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together I don t think there will ever be a time when Gulliver s Travels doesn t feel like a perfect mirror of humankind I remember the first time I read it, as a child I was immeasurably impressed with the sudden insight that thi [...]

    4. Kalliope on said:

      Jonathan Swift 1667 1745 writes towards the end of his book author perfectly blameless, against whom the tribe of answerers, considerers, observers, reflecters, detecters, remarkers, will never be able to find matter for exercising their talents.Had Swift known GR he would probably have included reviewers in the above sentence This thought warns me against continuing any further with my review.But the Travels of Gullible Gulliver 1726 have made me laugh like no other book for a long time And I w [...]

    5. Lori on said:

      Oh man.This book was sheer torture The writing was dry and bland and boring Swift had some really interesting ideas An island of people no larger than your finger Another island with people that are 60 feet tall A floating island, an island of scientists, the island of Yahoosbut the execution was hard to appreciate I came very close to putting this novel down many many times I admit to not being a fan of early, victorian literature, but this was just painful.

    6. Matthew on said:

      This was my favorite required reading in high school well, actually, probably tied with Animal Farm It was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise The reference points I had were cartoon retellings of this from my youth I only really had an image of Gulliver vs the Lilliputians and that was only the most basic giant in a land full of very small people storylines well, they were trying to entertain children, so it doesn t have to get much complex than that But, the book is made up of stories th [...]

    7. Jason Koivu on said:

      So much than just a fantastical tale of a man journeying to mystical lands This is thinly veiled satireper thin.A seafaring Englishman ends up in four fairytale worlds where people are small, gigantic, smarties in the maths, and where people are horses By the second journey you d think he d be done with all this, but in the end he s done with humans and has trouble living amongst his own kind.Written in the old style where listing off occurrences constituted an adventure and a perfectly well co [...]

    8. Manny on said:

      Another excellent invention of the Laputan Academy is a kind of fellowship or club, which they call in their language Sdaerdoog, or superior literature and indeed the name does not belie the thing, for it is quite the most superior manner of enjoying literature yet devized Noting that every man will be well acquainted with the great books of the world, yet few have the inclination to read them, the Laputan savants have ordained a scheme, no less ingenious than equitable, whereby this onerous dut [...]

    9. Fernando on said:

      Los viajes de Gulliver es el tipo de libros que podr an agruparse con otros relatos de viajes para ser le dos en cadena, puesto que las experiencias que se narran en ellos en general son afines entre s.Por la naturaleza de lo que sucede en l, se pueden establecer relaciones entre ste libro y Robinson Crusoe , de Daniel Defoe, a partir de las experiencias de Lemuel Gulliver como n ufrago en varias ocasiones, o La isla del tesoro de Robert Louis Stevenson e incluso por el tipo de personajes con lo [...]

    10. Vit Babenco on said:

      Lemuel Gulliver was the first who discovered the theory of relativity he comprehended that everything in the world is relative therefore while amongst Lilliputians he is a giant, amongst Brobdingnagians he is a midget.Eccentricity excellently stands against the erosion of time much better than any fashion But it takes a genius to see everything ordinary and commonplace in a bizarre light and to make it withstand the ages Everyone knows how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and s [...]

    11. Anthony Vacca on said:

      It s one of the stranger occurrences that Gulliver s Travels is recognized often than not as a fantastical adventure for the delight of children, when in actuality it is one of the bleakest condemnations of human beings to ever corrode a page The Reverend Swift is a master of misanthropic satire, and even with the arsenal of footnotes as this wonderful edition from Oxford Classics exhaustively supplies essential for a well rounded reading of GT, the Gentle Reader is still left staggering to kee [...]

    12. Andrew on said:

      Glad to get the references now although I could have just read the Lilliputians are small, the Brobdignagians big, the flying city is whatever, the Houhynhyns are really great although he s pretty unpersuasive on this why are they so great because they don t have a word for lying Gulliver grows to love horses so much that he can t speak to his own family when he gets home I didn t buy it I just think he s a misanthrope , and I suppose the most significant use of reading the book is to understand [...]

    13. Ahmad Sharabiani on said:

      983 Gulliver s Travels, Jonathan SwiftTravels into Several Remote Nations of the World in Four Parts by Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon then a Captain of Several Ships, Jonathan Swift 18 1970 1335 498 1365 529 1387 536 9789649971839 18 1369 155 1372 1391 380 1393 9786007845011 1391 195 9789643807979 1391 197 9789641852971 1349 48 1736 1735

    14. Paul on said:

      This was a re read of an old favourite I fell in love with this book in my teens and have returned to it a few times since my teens were a long time ago.Jonathan Swift was a satirist of the first order While you can read this as a silly fantasy story it works on two levels and the first time I read it as a pre teen I enjoyed it purely as a silly fantasy tale virtually everything in this book has a double meaning As with most, if not all, of the best satirists, Swift s commentaries are both hilar [...]

    15. Loretta on said:

      I didn t really like this book I toyed with giving the book two stars but because some parts were somewhat entertaining, I decided on giving the book three stars.It was very hard to get into and some parts were slow and they dragged on forever Glad I can say that I finally read it but it definitely wouldn t be one I d ever pick up again.

    16. James on said:

      Book ReviewIf you ve never heard of Jonathan Swift before, perhaps this will jog your memory In one of his other famous works, A Modest Proposal, he offers a suggestion that we should eat babies in order to survive.Whaaaaat You re probably thinking I m a nut job for talking about this But a few things to remember1 Swift is Irish So it s OK They can say those sort of things and get away with And so can I Because I m Irish Oh and it s all satire So let s relax a bit P2 A Modest Proposal is not the [...]

    17. Mike Lindgren on said:

      It is difficult to describe what Swift s masterpiece means to me Gulliver s Travels is a book that I will probably be grappling with for the rest of my life, and I mean that in a good way It is a savage jeu d esprit, a book about religion with no mention of God, a philosophical end game written in unadorned prose, a deeply pessimistic statement on human nature, a lacerating attack on the primacy of Reason in Englightenment thought, a pacifist tract, and, yes, one of the funniest books ever writt [...]

    18. di on said:

      This book was written in 1726 It s pretty old I anticipated bland writing check with a LOT of detailed and seemingly insignificant description check and no real story line check Helps to be prepared for it I find it also helps to read an old book out of a vintage edition it s just that much fun Then you can build up a handy sense of romanticism about old literature and float through the dull parts My copy is from 1947 with a dust cover that s falling apart and that burnt paper smell Mmm I picke [...]

    19. Aubrey on said:

      I was in error in giving this two stars back when I read this in high school, but not by much Back then I was bored out of my gourd, here and now I m done with I will instinctively know the truth due to my super white able male powers Regardless of whether tis beneficial to give Swift the full benefit of the fictional doubt as is popular in circles of academic aspiration, ugh.This is the perfect definition of a classic male, European, old, punches down on everything in the names of satire and tr [...]

    20. James on said:

      A very frustrating book, in parts brilliant, in others annoyingly tedious and just boring Overall and having said that I did like it and am glad that I persevered.The hardest work and most boring were the passages concerning voyages to Lilliput and Brobdingnag once the novelty and dilemmas of being tiny in a world of giants and vice versa had been established, there were what seemed like endless passages concerning how small things were or how big things were at the respective destinations unfor [...]

    21. Czarny Pies on said:

      Every time one reads Gulliver s Travels one learns something new I have read it four times and have barely scratched the surface The first two sections on the land of the little people and of the giants get the most attention from moviemakers because of their fairy tale qualities and the satire that is pertinent in any age However, as my professor in first year English said, the important thing is to devote equally energy and attention to the last two sections of the book which are as strong as [...]

    22. Sandra on said:

      L orgoglio, l immancabile vizio degli stupidi Nell immaginario dei lettori e anche non di questo romanzo c l immagine di Gulliver disteso sulla spiaggia di Lilliput, con tanti omuncoli che gli camminano addosso, la medesima immagine che vedo ora ritratta nella copertina E un immagine parziale e limitata di questo capolavoro di Swift, perch , a mio parere, il viaggio di Gulliver a Lilliput, che il primo dei quattro raccontati nel romanzo, forse il meno interessante dal punto di vista del valore l [...]

    23. David Sarkies on said:

      Biting political satire9 September 2015 I m sure many of us are familiar with the tale of the sailor from England who after a shipwreck finds himself bound to the beach on an unknown island surrounded by a race of people who are substantially smaller that him Some of you are probably even familiar with the not so recent Jack Black film which I have seen but can t remember much of it beyond Jack Black heading out in a speed boat from Miami and getting caught in a storm From a very young age I hav [...]

    24. Madeline on said:

      My class read this right after finishing Robinson Crusoe, which, I think, was a perfect decision on my professor s part In addition to making bold statements about colonialism and slavery, satirizing the hell out of European government and rulers and scientists and just about everything else, Swift is using Gulliver s Travels to write the longest, best parody of Robinson Crusoe ever He takes Defoe s long winded, preachy, boring survival story with racist and imperialist overtones, and turned it [...]

    25. Ian "Marvin" Graye on said:

      Swift s Satirical FantasiesThis was another re read of a novel that I had read as a child and that had left me with very vivid memories.For the most part, I enjoyed it just as much as I did then Unlike Tristram Shandy , it wasn t really a precocious work of Post Modernism It was a collection of satirical fantasies, albeit reliant on a realistic narrative style Still, it packs a punch I don t recall from my first reading.Tales of a Traveller Returned WantingThe novel purports to be a travelogue [...]

    26. Guido on said:

      Quanta amarezza in questo libro La sua ferocia fa paura non sorprende che sia stato svuotato e smembrato fino a trasformarlo in una narrazione informe da proporre come libro per bambini Quella versione ha il suo fascino avventuroso, ma questo romanzo stato concepito dall autore come una severa critica all umanit cosiddetta civilizzata, e proprio i bambini sembrano essere gli unici ai quali questo rimprovero non rivolto Mi piace ricordare il mio primo contatto con Gulliver avevo circa nove anni, [...]

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