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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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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 14 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 6, 2021
The Patchwork Quilt
Reviewer: - December 1, 2018
Subject: Gulliver's Travels
Great book!The narrator does a beautiful job of reading this long book.
Reviewer: - July 4, 2018
Subject: Gulliver's Travels
Excellent book! So creative and so thrilling. The reader did a wonderful job.
Reviewer: - August 31, 2017
Subject: Gulliver's Dream!
Beautiful read. I'm hooked!
Reviewer: - November 8, 2015
Subject: Gulliver's Travels
Outstanding reading. Now we can listen as well as read this marvellous classic. Thank you!
Reviewer: - September 21, 2014
Subject: Gullivers Travels
Good but unfortunate squeaky accent for me being a bit deaf,but hope good for others.
Reviewer: - August 30, 2014
Fantastic and incredible.
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: - 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.
Reviewer: - May 23, 2013
Subject: Good
Great book!

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