Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

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Jonathan Swift's classic travel adventure has been adapted into an easy-reading Stepping Stones early chapter book, while keeping all the fun, humor, and unusual perspectives of the original story.Gulliver has an itch to travel around the world, but whenever he steps on a ship, bad luck seems to find him. He is shipwrecked, abandoned, marooned, and mutinied against, and each time lands in a strange and curious place. First he discovers the kingdom of the six-inch-tall Lilliputians, then the country of the giant Brobdingnagians, then the island of the academic Laputans, which floats in the sky, and finally the noble realm of the horselike Houyhnhnms. Who knew there were so many unusual creatures under the sun?From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: 2010
ISBN: 9780375898198
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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airforce135
Jul 26, 2020

Guliver’s travels is a surreal novel depicting English politics at the time. It was written in 1723 and is still popular to this day. The metaphors and analogies it uses to explain the political aspects of England are both surreal yet depicted as accurate. Two things that bothered me the most when reading the book was the vocabulary and the printing. The vocabulary is difficult to comprehend and to translate into what makes sense for me. However, the printing in the book is very small which makes it even harder for me to understand. I would recommend this book to older teens and adults because of the vocabulary and the contents in the book.

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Tarion_2020
Mar 19, 2020

These consecutive journeys of Lemuel Gulliver still resonate in the human condition.

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Highdald
Jan 11, 2020

When first published in 1726, much of the world was still a mystery and the fantastic lands and civilizations Gulliver stumbled upon were, perhaps, within the realm of possibility. It is good writing and a great glimpse into the British state of mind at the time. However, if you plan to read this to small children, be forewarned. There is a significant amount of sexual content mentioned; not sex itself but Gulliver repeatedly being seen naked or seeing giant women naked. I would think this work would have been considered extremely scandalous in its time.

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podibanda
Jan 03, 2020

This is not at all an easy read and therein lied its appeal to me because I now enjoy
challenging reads. I have read it not once, but 4 times already. I read many different versions of it. The one available in public domain has a nice glossary. It is essential if one has an earlier edition of the book. The edition I borrowed from the public library(by Eddy) has a very useful introduction. In addition, I also read another titled 'Gulliver's travels, a critical study' which reveals its background, an analysis of satire and the precedents to all of the ideas/concepts to be found in the book. This is probably one of the best books I have ever read. I'll read it again, no doubt.

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blue_dog_17792
Nov 16, 2019

Great book. Parts 3 and 4, not so much.

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Anita_Dickey
Jun 04, 2019

I read this book to fulfil the goal read a book that inspiried a common phrase or idiom. in this case the word was yahoo. (it was one of the books suggested for the prompt by the internet) i didn't find it horrible. i did read the abriged version found in the kids section of the library. the introduction said that they just took out his political discorces to shorten it. i don't feel i missed much. the book overall was a little creepy and boring, but i could see how someone could like it. i was telling my seven year old about it, and he was asking me a lot of questions so maybe that's the mindset i need to enjoy it.

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Cowjuice15
Oct 12, 2018

Love the stories, but difficult read, especially since the font is much too small

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lukasevansherman
Aug 24, 2018

"How many villains have been exalted to the highest places of trust, power, dignity, and profit: how great a share in the motions and events of courts, councils, and senates might be challenged by bawds, whores, pimps, parasites, and buffoons: how low an opinion I had of human wisdom and integrity; when I was truly informed of the springs and motives of great enterprises and revolutions in the world, and of the contemptible accidents to which they owed their success."

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dennismmiller
Aug 13, 2018

In Swift's classic satire, the adventure-prone naval surgeon Gulliver finds himself repeatedly stranded in strange lands, where he meets the tiny Lilliputians, the giant Brobdingnagians, the ivory tower intellectuals of Laputa, and the superhuman intelligent horses, the Houyhnhnm. In the process, again and again he is confronted with the inexplicable base depravity of the human race, never more bitingly than in his encounter with the virtuous Houyhnhnm, for whom the men who live alongside them, the disgusting Yahoos, are a byword for foulness and a source of considerable perplexity.

Gulliver's Travels is often treated as a children's story and, apart from the modern dismissive attitude towards fantasy, it is difficult to imagine why. Swift's contempt for prideful, fallen humanity can only be described as Brobdingnagian. In the eighteenth century, this was understandably the source of considerable controversy, now, for some reason, it is only commented upon when Swift focuses his ire on the female of the species.

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Waterlily
Jul 21, 2018

I'm not Irish, but I can understand the idea of traveling to distant lands, and seeing people who are like you used as slaves. Get out of there fast before you are lumped in with them...

Also, the real meaning of "Yahoo"? Maybe that internet company should change it's name, or we should boycott it.

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