The book chronicles the adventures of world traveller Gulliver, and is a parody of travel books of the time. It’s divided into four sections that correspond with the four locations he visits. The first two are rather familiar — he’s super-big, then he’s super-small — the last two are less well known, but (to me) are the most interesting: his time upon a floating island of scientists, philosophers, and magicians, and lastly, in a land of intelligent horse-like creatures. It’s the most misanthropic (human-hating) book I’ve ever read (especially the last section) but yet again this is Swift’s way of manipulating the reader to respond a certain way. Due to the book’s age some aspects of it are difficult for modern readers like us, which is why I recommend a reading guide or notes to read along with the text.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
Boring, very difficult to get through.
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