Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
(Penguin Classics)

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10 Critic Reviews

I do not like the book. It has a slow pacing. There is no dialogue, which means the paragraphs are twice as long as normal one. There is absolutely no plot to start with...I cannot recommend this book for anybody...I had high hopes for Gulliver’s Travels, but instead all I was left with was just a book of empty promises.
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Martin Woodside's poetry chapbook Stationary Landscapes came out in 2009 from Pudding House Press, and he spent 2009-10 on a Fulbright in Romania. He lives with his family in Philadelphia where he's pursuing a PhD in Childhood Studies at Rutgers-Camden. Apparently doomed to an obscure Anglican parsonage in Laracor, Ireland, even after he had written his anonymous masterpiece, A Tale of a Tub (c.1696), Swift turned a political mission to England from the Irish Protestant clergy into an avenue to prominence as the chief propagandist for the Tory government. His exhilaration at achieving importance in his forties appears engagingly in his Journal to Stella (1710--13), addressed to Esther Johnson, a young protegee for whom Swift felt more warmth than for anyone else in his long life. At the death of Queen Anne and the fall of the Tories in 1714, Swift became dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin. In Ireland, which he considered exile from a life of power and intellectual activity in London, Swift found time to defend his oppressed compatriots, sometimes in such contraband essays as his Drapier's Letters (1724), and sometimes in such short mordant pieces as the famous A Modest Proposal (1729); and there he wrote perhaps the greatest work of his time, Gulliver's Travels (1726). Using his characteristic device of the persona (a developed and sometimes satirized narrator, such as the anonymous hack writer of A Tale of a Tub or Isaac Bickerstaff in Predictions for the Ensuing Year, who exposes an astrologer), Swift created the hero Gulliver, who in the first instance stands for the bluff, decent, average Englishman and in the second, humanity in general. Gulliver is a full and powerful vision of a human being in a world in which violent passions, intellectual pride, and external chaos can degrade him or her---to animalism, in Swift's most horrifying images---but in which humans do have scope to act, guided by the Classical-Christian tradition. Gulliver's Travels has been an immensely successful children's book (although Swift did not care much for children), so widely popular through the world for its imagination, wit, fun, freshness, vigor, and narrative skill that its hero is in many languages a common proper noun. Perhaps as a consequence, its meaning has been the subject of continuing dispute, and its author has been called everything from sentimental to mad. Swift died in Dublin and was buried next to his beloved "Stella. Uma Krishnaswami is the author of several books for children. She was born in New Delhi, India, and now lives in Aztec, New Mexico. Jamel Akib grew up in Malaysia and now lives in Leigh-on-Sea, England. This is his first picture book.
 
Published March 16, 2016 by Tor Classics. 301 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment, Comics & Graphic Novels, Action & Adventure, Travel, Education & Reference, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Crafts, Hobbies & Home, Crime. Non-fiction
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Guardian

Above average
Reviewed by Joseph Connor on Mar 29 2008

A political comedy, an existentialist meditation, a bleak thriller about an outsider caught between worlds, Gulliver is also a powerful reminder that size does matter after all.

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Crikey

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Reviewed by Angela Meyer on Oct 19 2011

Not only was Gulliver’s Travels a hit in Swift’s lifetime, the book has been continually relevant to Western society...The book still has the ability to make you think about society, politics, war, religion; about human nature, history and the present. Parts of it induce laughter, delight; other parts stir a kind of longing.

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by sonofareyes on Aug 08 2015

I do not like the book. It has a slow pacing. There is no dialogue, which means the paragraphs are twice as long as normal one. There is absolutely no plot to start with...I cannot recommend this book for anybody...I had high hopes for Gulliver’s Travels, but instead all I was left with was just a book of empty promises.

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Reviewed by Charlene Leatherman on Jul 26 2015

Through Gulliver, Swift strips bare the conceits and idiocies of his time and our own. Far more than a children's book, this classic is a ground-breaking novel, a ferocious satire, and a stunning pathfinder for literary fantasy.

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Reviewed by Charlene Leatherman on Jul 26 2015

Gulliver's Travels is a satire that applies equally to our time, our politicians, our follies. Gulliver's Travels is good fun. I have read it to my children many times. It is also, if you take the time to read it carefully, very thought-provoking.

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Before It's News

Above average
on Dec 23 2013

Sadly, this was not the tale I had in mind and I was just not able to get into the oft bizarre imaginings behind this well-known tale...I think my time with Mr. Swift might prove a bit uncomfortable, however, I’d brace myself and hope for the best for this genius surely has much to offer in the skill of imagination and writing.

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Book Review Circle

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Reviewed by Ridhi Kukreja on Jul 26 2015

The novel is arguably Swift’s greatest satiric attempt to “shame men out of their vices”. The structure and the choice of metaphors also serve Swift’s purpose of attacking politics...In Gulliver’s Travels the scales are manipulated to show the politics of representation thus bringing forth a comfortless and disturbing satire.

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Reviewed by Jules on Dec 31 2013

This was yet another book I just couldn't get into. It was a constant struggle to get through the book. I didn't enjoy the writing style...I didn't like the ending at all. I failed to see what brought the main character to this, he lacked in development throughout the book, so to see this change at the end of the book didn't really add up.

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Inverarity is not a Scottish village

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Reviewed by Inverarity on May 11 2011

Definitely a book that deserves its place on the 1001 books list. Everyone should read it. It's biting, it's funny, and it's fun, and it's indisputably a landmark in English literature...Read this as a kid, then read it again as an adult to see what you missed.

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Kidsmomo

Excellent
Reviewed by Sienna on Jan 03 2014

I strongly recommend this book to only be read by 7+. But if some one younger than that and is reading chapter book they can probably read Gulliver’s Travels.

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