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Gulliver's Travels (World Classics)
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am 10. März 2001
Gulliver's Travels is a fantastic book. It can be read in either two ways:
a) Just a good story full of andventure and irony; great for children.
or
b) The above is just the framework for a satire on humanity, perfectly exposing mankind's hypocrisy.
Of course, it is also a classic; one of those everyone knows about, but most have not read ( at least the original, not a Disney copy, etc. ). And since almost everyone knows what the story is about, I will refrain from giving a synopsis here.
It also really cheap, so go on, buy the book and give it a try. You won't regret it.
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am 24. August 1998
I like that this edition preserves the original 18th Century spelling, punctuation and grammar. Too many editions modernize or Americanize the text. The notes at the back are helpful but not intrusive. And it has an overall feel of quality, even though a paperback.
I own upwards of 30 editions of Gulliver and this is the one I refer to most often when I need to check a citation or another point of information. I also recommend it immediately to anyone asking for an informative edition. It helps that it is inexpensive and in-print, but it would be my recommendation even if it was harder to come by.
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am 4. Juli 2000
Gulliver`s Travels is esentially a book about human nature , its capacities and its limitations . The first voyage to Liliput is the most charming as it is used the play of proportions .Gulliver is a giant among the people so small that they look like"tiny animals ". The liliputans represent the weak creature who yet has much courage , inventedness and curiosity in the face of the danger . Their moral smalness suggest that nomatter the size , man is a political animal and at the same time the emptiness of public grandour of which swift laughs ironically.As an examle , the qualities required for officers in the state to obtain a social position:ballancing on the rope ; the desire of getting as many titles as possible . Gulliver became an embarassment because of his good consumption of food . His enemies wanted to put him to death . His punishment is changed to blinding . Their thinking is selfish . His carcasses will be smaller at his death and less likely to produce infections in the country ; by starving him he will be smaller . the idea is that where political action is in question , morality has nothing to do with the matter . - Lilliput shows the smallness in man , his pride in money , his political uselessness .
THE SECOND VOYAGE -Gulliver himself makes in his comments some links between the first and the second voyage . They are linked on the very device they are based: the relative size . The device is a satiric one . - the brobdingnags are large men and as a result of this we see clearly our phisical graceness . - Gulliver has to face different degrating physical adventures . - He is put in a cage like an animal . - Swift let us understand that physical size means moral largeness . Giants are generous , warm and human . The Brobningnag will remanin an ideal in this respect , as they are reffered to in the last chapter of the book . - B. is not a perfect state ; it has beggars and men who exploit others . The B. visited by Gulliver is fortunate in its monarch , who unlike the emperor in Liliput , is very good with his subjects . He refuses to accept Gulliver`s offer of the secret of the gunpowder ; he is an enlighted king who loves his people and wants to do his best for his subjects moral and physical state .
THE 3RD BOOK - it was in fact the last book to be written by swift . It is not so closely connected with the other two and thus it is less satisfactory . - presents the flying island of Laputa . - the island has a politcal reference . what is satirized is the abstract thinking . People are normal in size , but distorted in physical appearance . - they have no eye for the outworld ,for reality . - their human shape is distorted by their loss of human quality ; they live in a world of phantasy . - the capital prooduce a certain atmosphere in which man`s activity is replaced by the chance of a machine . - the excessive intellectualism of the flying island led to separation from the real world .
THE 4TH BOOK
- Guliver is in relation with the Yakoo`s bodies on one side and horses rational mind on the other side . The 4th voyage with its theme differing creatures is a synthesis of both reason and passion . Gulliver stresses strongly on the physical unpleasantness of the Yahoos and their habits , which are a version of all passion for jewel and gold . They are the corrupt passion entirely divorced from the reason . -
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am 3. Dezember 1999
Gulliver's Travels is an excellent book. In it Swift satirizes what he thought were the foibles of his time, in politics, religion, science, and society. In Part One Lemuel Gulliver is shipwrecked on Lilliput where the inhabitants are only 6 inches tall. The rivalry between Britain and France is there satirized. In Part Two he is marooned on the subcontinent of Brobdingnag where the inhabitants are giants. The insignificance of many of mankind's achievements are there satirized. Next in Part Three Gulliver is taken aboard the floating island of Laputa, where Swift takes the opportunity to satirize medicine and science altogether - incredibly Swift did not make up the crazy experiments he describes; all were sponsored at one time or another by the Royal Society. Finally in Part Four Gulliver is marooned by mutineers on the island of the Houyhnhynms, in which Swift takes his parting shot at human society - presenting them in degraded form as the Yahoos. Most people read no further in the book than Brobdingnag - I urge you to read the rest.
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am 11. Januar 2013
Bei dieser Ausgabe (Collins Classics) handelt es sich leider um einer der zensierten Ausgaben. Eine echte Enttäuschung, da wichtige Stellen einfach ausgelassen werden. Sehr von Nachteil, weil diese Stellen gerade besonders ironsich sind und daher elemenat wichtig für das Verständis des Buches ist... Einfach nur enttäuschend...
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Swift's classic satire of English and European governments, societies, and cultures should be required reading of every college student. (Except for those who appear to be in law school as is the earlier reviewer who referred to Swift as being an "18th century Unabomber." Swift may have been conservative in his beliefs and not cared much for individuals such as Robert Boyle, who is satirized in the book, but he was not violent. Perhaps our "law student/reviewer" is offended by Swift's biting satire of lawyers and politicians in part four.) The version I read was an annotated edition by Isaac Asimov and contained many passages that had been deleted by previous publishers. Asimov's comments enable the reader to more fully appreciate Swift's satire. In part one of the novel, a ship's surgeon, Lemuel Gulliver, is shipwreaked and finds himself on the island of Lilliput, the inhabitants all being only six inches high. This section is great satire of English politics and wars. Royal ponp, feuds amongst the populace, and wars are made to look rediculous. In the second part, Gulliver finds himself in Brobdingnag in which he is only six "inches" tall (relatively speaking). This part forms another satire of European governments. In part three, Gulliver visits the flying island of Laputa where shades of ancient scholars can be called up. This section is a satire on philosophers and scientists. Scientists are portrayed as men so wrapped up intheir speculations as to be totally useless in practical affairs. Absurd experiments are described (for example, extracting sunlight from cucumbers (but, extracting energy from cucumbers and other plants is no longer so absurd Jonathan)). Also described in this third part are the Struldbergs, men and women who are immortal but who turn out to be miserable and pitiable. In part four, Gulliver travels to the Land of the Houyhnhnms, horses with intelligence but who have no passion or emotion. The word "Yahoo" originates in this part. READ IT!
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am 19. November 2006
Many people have already reviewed this book here at Amazon's website, and a detailed summary of the content is available. So, I am not going to add just another review, but want to put a focus on the ending of the book.

The first two parts, Gulliver's travels to Liliput and Brobdingnag are the famous ones - and at the same time the ones, which most reviewers concentrated on. I did not consider these as the best parts of the book. As a satire is is not sharp enough, as an adventure story there is not enough tense in it, as a philosophical reflection it is not elaborate enough. All this changes towards the end of the book, in the fourth section. It is a story of self-alienation in an intercultural encounter, when Gulliver admires the logic and manner of the horses and detests the low spirit of the yahoos, which is just a synonym for mankind. Living in a distant culture for three years makes him take on the manners and peculiarities of the horses. This in turn causes a lot of difficulties when he gets home to England. This part of the book is very up-to-date in a globalized world, where the number of expatriates and re-patriates is ever-increasing. The first three parts may be just another nice reading, but the fourth really makes this book a valuable pearl, which can cause reflections about the human situation in the beginning of the 21st century.
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am 25. November 1998
I must agree with the previous reviewer that I found Swift's satire to be very heavyhanded at times (e.g., a codeword for "the Administration" is "a running sore"; a professor's cure for colic is to ram bellows up the patient's butt). I suppose that this is because some of the topical and local humor is lost on readers, who, reading 300 years later, do not always understand some of the subtler jabs and double meanings.
I also found the book to be surprisingly risqué (e.g., a 16-year-old giant using Captain Gulliver as her sex toy), not exactly the image the book has in the current public perception. But that does not diminish the book in any way; it is still an outstanding adventure that can be read on at least two levels, and can be enjoyed by all. In this respect it is similar to the Chronicles of Narnia.
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am 20. Juli 2015
It is not Jonathan Swift’s fault that the writing is archaic. This may be over looked if it was not so redundant and trivial. It can easily put you to sleep.

We all know that these stories are supposed to a thin veil for an agenda. Everyone from H. G. Wells to Ayn Rand hit you over the head with their agenda form the first. But no Jonathan rattles with 10 pages to describe what is in his pockets included his hidden pocket. (Who Cares?) And the book is filled with mundane descriptions. I think he is using this to flesh out what would be a 25 page manifesto. It is not until you get half way through the book that, with the exception of a few snide remarks about kings he finally coughs up his point.

“…, whether a private man’s house might not be better defended by himself, his children, and family, then by half-a-dozen rascals, picked up at a venture in the streets for small wages, who might get a hundred times more by cutting their throats?”

He goes on to pick on just about all the politics and ventures of England at the time. Paranoid readers can see the parallels form the book and today’s news. However if it is that important than dump Swift and just watch the news.

Anyhow it is not worth the time to read this book unless you are interested in someone that defecates at the end of his chain and dells about it in detail.
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am 11. Mai 1999
If one could accurately characterize Swift as similar to Hobbes, Rousseau, and Nietzsche, they would ultimately be incoherent; the three have about as much in common as, well, Lilliputians and Brobdingnabians. Jokes aside, however, I would not necessarily take such a comparison negatively. After all, human nature may be fairly base, as Hobbes would posit, and his discussion is sound if his premises hold- whether or not they do, however, is difficult to ascertain, and another issue. As far as Swift is concerned, the same holds for him: his arguments about human ability and understanding seem to me to be valid. If the goal of philosophy is truth, well, then that truth may not always be comforting... but it maintains its value. I am not saying that Swift is correct, so much as coherent... and that alone, is reason to consider his ideas. As far as eighteenth century history goes: I don't think it is necessary to understand the specifics of Swift's criticisms so much as understand the types of things he is criticizing. Someone, and I think aptly, once compared his references to Monica Lewinsky jokes. You can understand this book without fully comprehending the references, so DON'T let this put you off to a wonderfully pessimistic view of human nature.
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