Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift
387 pages


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A groundbreaking work of satire, a predecessor to science fiction, and a critique of modern government and science, Jonathan Swift’s masterwork wears many hats. The episodic faux-travel tale follows Lemuel Gulliver as he encounters exotic society after exotic society, each parodying an aspect of Swift’s socio-political environment. Published less than a decade after Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, some interpret Gulliver’s Travels to be a direct rebuttal to Defoe’s optimism about human nature and his belief in individuality’s primacy over society. Perhaps most of all, the novel offers a glimpse into English society as it struggled with the Enlightenment’s seismic shift in philosophy.


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Archive Classics on Nov 27, 2013

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I read the Illustrated Classics version as a kid and when I was in my mid-teens, I read the full version. To this day, I am still enjoying both versions; which one I read depends on my mood and how I feel.The author uses great metaphors, like storms, to transition between different islands. Each change in setting teaches many important lessons without the reader really realizing it. How the author does this is a mystery and keeps the reader hooked,, wanting to know what will happen next snd if the characters will ever retturn home. You also wonder how things will change for thr main character if their journey does end and what the long lasting effects will be. Not just on that person, but those around them and where they live.This is an interesting, intriguing, edge of your seat book that you don't want to miss!