Combining travel narrative and powerful satire, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS was an immediate success when it was published in 1726. As soon as Lemuel Gulliver is shipwrecked on the island of Lilliput, Swift's distortion of reality begins and man is seen as a diminished, magnified, abstracted, and finally bestial species. Whether expurgated and adapted for children, or read as a biting and incisive satire on humanity, the novel continues to appeal to readers on a variety of levels.
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Lemuel Gulliver, ship's surgeon and castaway, has awaken in Lilliput, where the size of the tiny inhabitants makes their concerns and quarrels seem ridiculous. A second journey takes him to the kingdom of giants, where again his size gives him new adrift by pirates, Gulliver's final voyage brings him to the land of the Houyhnhms, horses with reason, who share their domain with the brutish Yahoos. He returns to England a changed man.
Swift's corrosive satire embraces all aspects of humanity. It is witty when dealing with foibles and frailty, bitterly when facing pride and stupidity, but compassionate and unsentimental when focused upon suffering.Book Description:
'Among the six indispensable books in world literature' George Orwell
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 2001. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140437347
Book Description Penguin Classics, 2001. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140437347
Book Description Penguin Classics, 2001. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140437347
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Book Description Penguin Classics, 2001. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: Shipwrecked castaway Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by six-inch people whose height only emphasizes the pettiness of their quarrels. His subsequent encounters-with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the abstracted scientists of Laputa, the philosophical Houyhnhnms, and the brutish Yahoos-give Gulliver new, bitter insights into human behavior. With a text based on the first edition of 1726, this volume includes full explanatory notes, bibliography, and illustrations. A new introduction discusses the book's contemporary reception, as well as the political and artistic aspects of the work. Swift claimed he wrote Gulliver's Travels "to vex the world rather than to divert it," but it remains literature's most vital satire-supremely relevant in our own age of distortion, hypocrisy, and irony. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0140437347