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Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
By: (1667-1745)

Comprised of four parts, Gulliver’s Travels documents the bizarre, yet fascinating voyages of Lemuel Gulliver as he makes his way through several uncharted destinations, experiencing the lives of the small, the giant, the scientific, and downright eccentric societies. Narrated in first person, Swift successfully portrays Gulliver’s thoughts and reactions as he faces struggles of integration throughout his travels.

Beginning with the introduction of Gulliver, an educated ship’s surgeon, who after a series of unfortunate events is victim to repeated shipwrecks, desertions, and set adrift. His first of several misadventures sees him washed up on the shores of Lilliput, home to the less than six inches tall Lilliputians, where he wakes up to the sounds of scurrying beneath him. However, roles are reversed when his misfortunes lead him to Brobdingnag, a land occupied by giants where he must experience life as an inferior and fragile being. Subsequently, he comes across a society of oppressive theoreticians, and finally an intellectual, superior race. Divided between the known and the unknown, Gulliver must put aside his prejudgments and experience the unfamiliar societies first hand. As the novel gradually progresses, the transformation of the narrator becomes evident as he draws conclusions from each and every one of his adventures.

Written by the master of satire, Jonathan Swift has not only created a story of adventure, but also cunningly attacks the mere nature of society in between its lines. Abuse of power, criticism of human nature, politics, and individualism are just some of the themes explored during the enlightening journeys of the venturesome Gulliver. Swift’s witty use of metaphors and satirical style serves as a puzzle waiting to be solved. An adventure story for the young, but a critical piece for the mature, the novel has a bit of everything and appeals to all age groups. The details in which the locations are described, the escapism it offers, and its openness to interpretation is what makes Gulliver’s Travels a timeless piece of literature.

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GULLIVER’S TRAVELS INTO SEVERAL REMOTE NATIONS OF THE WORLD BY JONATHAN SWIFT, D.D., DEAN OF ST. PATRICK’S, DUBLIN. [ First published in 1726–7.] THE PUBLISHER TO THE READER. [ As given in the original edition .] The author of these Travels, Mr. Lemuel Gulliver, is my ancient and intimate friend; there is likewise some relation between us on the mother’s side. About three years ago, Mr. Gulliver growing weary of the concourse of curious people coming to him at his house in Redriff, made a small purchase of land, with a convenient house, near Newark, in Nottinghamshire, his native country; where he now lives retired, yet in good esteem among his neighbours. Although Mr. Gulliver was born in Nottinghamshire, where his father dwelt, yet I have heard him say his family came from Oxfordshire; to confirm which, I have observed in the churchyard at Banbury in that county, several tombs and monuments of the Gullivers... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 10 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 17, 2014
Subject: great listen!
It does get a bit slow later in the book, but the narrators do such an excellent job!
Reviewer: - February 18, 2014
The reader did a wonderful job making this clever story come alive.
Reviewer: - October 1, 2013
Good hard work by the reader to read such tedious book and make it more interesting to listen to.
Reviewer: - September 27, 2013
Subject: Wonderful Falsetto
Ms. Driver does a wonderful job with the reading of the Lilliputians. Enough said.
Reviewer: - August 21, 2013
Subject: Review
The narrator does a beautiful job of reading this VERY long book. The book itself is very good the first several chapters then gets tedious and a bit boring until the very last chapter.
Reviewer: - July 22, 2013
Я восхищен произведением Свифта. Считаю его одним из лучших не только в жанре сатиры( а она здесь представлена во всем блеске),но и во всей мировой литературе.Эта книга учит нас ценить свободу - то,что отсутствует в рабском сознании русского народа.Браво,Джонатан Свифт!
Reviewer: - June 8, 2013
Subject: Gulliver's Travels
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. Even if you don't understand a word of the satire, however, you will still enjoy it as an entertaining story. A little warning: Swift definitely rambles occasionally, and sometimes his descriptions can get a little long, but the often hilarious satires make it worth it.
May 23, 2013
Subject: Good
Great book!
Reviewer: - June 26, 2008
Subject: Gulliver's Travels
One of the best audiobooks I have come across.
Reviewer: - March 11, 2008
Subject: Lizzie Driver
I really loved Ms. Driver's reading of "Gulliver." I remain your devoted fan and love her voice..especially her interpretations of the Liliputians.


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