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Gulliver's Travels

Swift, Jonathan (Book - 2005)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Gulliver's Travels
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"Gulliver's travels purports to be a travel book. It is a blend of fantasy and realism and describes the shipwrecked Gulliver's encounters with the inhabitants of four places: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the country of the Houyhnhnms"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Swift, Jonathan, 1667-1745
Title: Gulliver's travels
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2005
Edition: New ed
Characteristics: lix, 362 p. :,ill., maps ;,20 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Jonathan Swift ; edited with an introduction by Claude Rawson and notes by Ian Higgins
Contents: Introduction
Note on the text
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A chronology of Jonathan Swift
Gulliver's travels
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A letter from Capt. Gulliver to his cousin Sympson
The publisher to the reader
A voyage to Lilliput
A voyage to Brobdingnag
A voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, and Japan
A voyage to the country of the Houyhnhnms
Summary: "Gulliver's travels purports to be a travel book. It is a blend of fantasy and realism and describes the shipwrecked Gulliver's encounters with the inhabitants of four places: Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Laputa, and the country of the Houyhnhnms"--Provided by publisher.
Additional Contributors: Rawson, Claude Julien
Higgins, Ian
ISBN: 0192805347
9780192805348
Branch Call Number: FICTION SWIFT 2005
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Gulliver, Lemuel (Fictitious character) Fiction Voyages, Imaginary Early works to 1800 Travelers Fiction
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Satire
Topical Term: Gulliver, Lemuel (Fictitious character)
Voyages, Imaginary
Travelers
LCCN: 2004024295
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A book about travels for the languishing airport traveler. Lemuel Gulliver, an English ship's surgeon, is shipwrecked upon the shores of Lilliput, where the residents are only six inches high, then journeys takes him to the land of Brobdingnag, populated by giants, a floating island in the sky,... Read More »


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Jul 09, 2014
  • soccergirl8 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

it really wasn't that good. the only parts that were fast paced and wanted you to read more were very short. however the idea of the book was very creative.

Jun 20, 2014
  • alysalle rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

It started out slow, but I thought Part 2 and Part 3 were much better than Part 1 and it is always interesting reading something that was written in a different time period to see what the perceptions of the world were at that time!

Apr 17, 2013
  • kyivuk04 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

3 stars because it is a classic and because it was a good story idea. With that said, the writing style is often hard to understand and the storyline is very dull.

Jul 06, 2012
  • TomLibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

We all know what is thought of as the children's story of Gulliver's travels to Lilliput where he is a giant compared to the Lilliputians and to Brobdingnag where he is the tiny one. Children's editions of the book stop there, omitting the deep satire of the rest of Jonathan Swift's classic book. He hooks the reader with the first two phenomenally imaginative stories and then continues on to the biting commentary on human nature, morals, government, mortality/immortality and science that is his real purpose. After Brobdingnag, Gulliver encounters further amazing peoples, situations and inventions in four more imaginary countries, followed by Japan, as Swift's satire sharpens its edge. After returning to England, where Gulliver hoped to stay for the rest of his life, he takes one more trip, and ends up in the country of the Houyhnhnms, where the horses are the sentient beings. There you will meet the Yahoos. You may never think of that word or human nature in same light again!

Mar 31, 2011
  • vwruleschick rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

it was an OK read, although it was a little hard to relate as this was written in the 1770s. Got to give the author credit for his idea on this story in 4 parts about his travels and discussing who and what he encounters and how it compares to his homeland. Each part he experiences something out of the ordinary. Curious to see how the movie with Jack Black will relate, if anything, to the book.

Jul 03, 2008
  • Dani rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Boring, very difficult to get through.

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