Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people, whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters - with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms and brutish Yahoos - give Gulliver new, bitter insights into human behaviour. Swift's savage satire views mankind in a distorted hall of mirrors as a diminished, magnified and finally bestial species, presenting us with an uncompromising reflection of ourselves.
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This book is perfect for AP classes and is often selected for inclusion on the AP exam. The notes, reading pointers, and vocabulary in this addition will also help students at a lower reading level get the most out of these classics.From the Back Cover:
Regarded as the preeminent prose satirist in the English language, Jonathan Swift (1667–1745) intended this masterpiece, as he once wrote Alexander Pope, to "vex the world rather than divert it." Savagely ironic, it portrays man as foolish at best, and at worst, not much more than an ape.
The direct and unadorned narrative describes four remarkable journies of ship's surgeon Lemuel Gulliver, among them, one to the land of Lilliput, where six-inch-high inhabitants bicker over trivialities; and another to Brobdingnag, a land where giants reduce man to insignificance.
Written with disarming simplicity and careful attention to detail, this classic is diverse in its appeal: for children, it remains an enchanting fantasy. For adults, it is a witty parody of political life in Swift's time and a scathing send-up of manners and morals in 18th-century England.
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Book Description 2007-01-25., 2007. Book Condition: New. Penguin Classics. New Ed. Paperback. Book: GOOD. 336pp. . Bookseller Inventory # NF-1602109
Book Description Penguin, Harmondsworth, UK. Softcover. Book Condition: Neu. Ohne Schutzumschlag. Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's travels, 329 S., Taschenbuch, Penguin, Popular Classics, Neu. Lemuel Gulliver, ship's surgeon and castaway, has awoken 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 insights into human behaviour. Then, after he is cast adrift by pirates, Gulliver visits a series of islands where learning is misdirected and immortality is only misery. Gulliver's final voyage brings him to the land of the Houyhnhnms, 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. Bookseller Inventory # 003733
Book Description Franklin Library, 1979. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. , quarter leatherette boards, all gilt edges without dust jacket as issued, decorated e. P. S. Ribbon marker. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 15.092
Book Description Penguin Classics, 1994. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780140620849
Book Description Penguin Classics, 1994. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110140620842