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5.0 von 5 Sternen Much more than a children's story
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.
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...
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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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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant and Engaging, 17. März 2000
Although not enrolled in the satire class at my high school, I had become fascinated by Gulliver's Travells when I heard some of my friends discuss it. I was not disappointed. It is animated and easy to read, with some moments hysterically funny. Engaging and thought-provoking, I often found myself reconsidering my notions of our society in the light of Swift's portrayal of man as absurd, irrational, & cruel. Nevertheless, I don't believe Swift had an intense distaste for the idea or ideals of humanity per se, rather a repulsion at what state humanity had let itself regress into. I thought this was the best English example of the genre (my favorite satire is Candide). This book is a "must-read" for anyone seriously thinking about his or her identity as a human being.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Gulliver's Travels, 26. März 2000
Gulliver's Travels by Michael West "That a weak diseased body, a meagre countenance, and sallow complexion are the true marks of noble blood; and a healthy robust appearance is so disgraceful quality in a man of quality, that the world concludes his father to be a groom, or a coachman." This quotation is an excellent example of how much Swift loathed the nobility and monarchies, which existed during his life. Throughout the book he uses parodies, analogies, or satire to demonstrate his beliefs making for a wonderful novel that is difficult to stop reading. Gulliver's Travels is without a doubt a book not intended to be a children's story, but since Swift wrote the story with a child-like plot, people miss Swift's intent to satirize the time in which he lived. Only once one reads this novel as an adult does one realize the scornful satire on man. The unfortunate protagonist of the story is named Gulliver whom goes on four adventures to uncharted and mystical lands. The first story starts out in a place called Lilliput, a country of people one-twelfth the size of Gulliver. These people resemble the British, and his enemies there are his enemies in real life. Also, there is an empire called Blefuscu that is the French, the mortal enemies of the British. One of the best parts of this book is his analogy to the history of religious controversy in England that made Catholicism illegal. This is shown with the Big Endian and Little Endian controversy of which a former emperor (Henry VIII) cut his finger while cutting an egg on the big end, therefore making cutting the big end of the egg illegal. Part one is filed with classic satire and is immensely entertaining to read, all the while Swift added pieces that were anti-nobility. In part two, one of the major themes is avarice, and people are willing to become affluent at the expense of someone else's life. Swift implies that Gulliver is shown around as if he were part of a freak show. This is because the giants at Brobdingnag are twelve times the size of Gulliver, enabling Swift to continue the child-like appearance of the book. After the monarchs buy him, he tells them of England and the king is horrified by the boorish behavior of Europeans, and especially the nobility constantly promoting killing to further their own ends. Evidently, Swift is insulting the vulgar nature of man in seventeenth century Europe. Part three is basically a general insult to Europeans, whom at this time were only concerned with music and math. He was attempting to point out the blindness of Europe, and to show them there are other interesting things in life. When there was a mathematical mistake in the making of his clothes by the Laputians, this may have been aimed at Newton, because Swift was severely disenchanted with Newton for making a positive report on William Wood's coinage in Ireland of halfpence. (The halfpence had been constructed of poor quality copper). Obviously, Swift maintains the hilarious, vitriolic satire making the novel an instant classic. Lastly, Swift writes about the Houyhnhnms, horses, which act as people do, but are far superior. Here he insults humanity in general through the superior Houyhnhnms, calling Yahoos (humans) boorish, vile, despicable, and cruel, especially lawyers. Part four is probably the most caustic attack upon humans and the nobility, therefore making it the most entertaining piece of the book. However, the book throughout is entertaining and will keep anyone's attention, regardless if they see through the satire or not. Even though Gulliver's Travels is a magnificent novel, it can be hard to read, due to Swift having used his colossal vocabulary to a maximum. However, Swift also has context clues in the sentences allowing the reader to understand what he means some of the time, but on occasion a dictionary is incredibly useful. For example, Gulliver stated, "I lay in a profound sleep, by the force of that soporiferous medicine infused into my liquor." The words, "into my liquor," help the reader understand infused means to pour into. On the plus side, reading the novel enhanced my vocabulary astronomically with words such as declivity, draught, intrepidity, victuals, infused, and many more. Another potential problem is that Swift's satire can be obscure, and the audience may not understand what the characters are truly speaking about. However, those of us who know the history of Great Britain unequivocally will have no problem reading the novel. Fortunately, to counteract this difficulty, most copies of Gulliver's Travels have notes on specific parts of the novel because the publishers felt obliged to make it more readable. Another realistic problem is the reader may become infuriated by the repeated insults on human nature. Although Swift was correct, some people might stop reading, and this would be a disastrous mistake. One must realize that he is attempting to help civilization through caustic satire, because the whole point of satire is to expose, attack, or deride vices. If the reader can get past these three problems, it will be clear sailing, and the reading will be enjoyable and insightful. Jonathan Swift was remarkable in his ability to see the misgivings of human nature and offer insights on how to correct these definitive problems. Swift also made the novel amazingly readable and enthusiastically interesting to read. Plus, while keeping the reader enthused, he broadened the horizons of the reader's vocabulary. That is important not only for everyday life, but for national exams also. While Swift gave an important message that there are things wrong with the world in the eighteenth century, these problems still exist today. He informs the reader that war is evil and only brings about the deaths of many of our own kind for very few, if any important reasons. Also, he explained the malicious, avarice type nature of yahoos (humans) which inevitably bring about the demise of great civilizations. Finally, a problem that is very rare today, is the existence of monarchies. An absolute monarchy will have a propensity to be corrupt bringing evil and harm to all. Everything he says is true, and Swift deserves the utmost respect for writing this wonderful novel. Anyone who reads this book will surely be amazed at Swift's insight, and it should be required reading for years to come.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Swift's sattire can be considered cynical:, 28. April 1998
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Although Swift's novel is often read by children, its rough handling of social topics has gained him a reputation for cynicism. In some circles, the book is considered to represent the frustrations of a twisted misanthrope. However, The way Swift paints his angry sattire into a child's fantasy shows his dexterity as a writer. This amusing little fairytale is not to be taken lightly.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Klassiker, welcher in keiner Bibliothek fehlen darf, 2. September 2014
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Habe mir das Buch nur deswegen gekauft, weil ein solch wichtiger Klassiker in keiner Bibliothek fehlen sollte...
Gelesen habe ich das Buch schon zu meiner Schulzeit; jetzt wiederentdeckt.
Und da um eine Rezession gebeten wurde:
gehört auf jeden Fall zu den Büchern, die man einfach gelesen haben sollte!

Die Handlung sollte eigentlich bekannt sein...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Good Story!, 25. April 2000
I just completed this book, and this reviewer found it to be very enjoyable. As I know little English or French history, the intended satire was completely missed by me. However, the story alone, on its merits, was enjoyable, readable, and satisfying. I recommend this book to children as well as adults.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Timelessly insightful and beautiful, 7. September 2004
Timeless literature recognizes neither history nor future, it simply lives on, and its validity remains as the long as human nature continues unchanged. Swift's work has been living on for almost 250 years and will probably accompany us for long time to come. Incomprehensibly, many understood or designated his stories as satire or, worse still, as a comedy. And, regrettably Gulliver's Travels have been labeled as a fairy tale for children.
Through his travels Gulliver came to understand the strangeness of human being, motives, types of behavior and very different Weltanschauung of what he is accustomed to. His philosophy is wonderfully packed with wit, humor, logic and prudence, so that the reader will find difficulty to lay the book aside letting a travel unread. The book consists mainly of four stories; in the fist two he discussed at length political systems and the relationship between the elite and the folk. In his last two travels he goes in depth to ponder about maladies of the human nature--like envy, greed, power and so forth.
In Lilliput, a land in which a wishy-washy political system reigns, he witnessed an atmosphere of war between two islands because both differed on how to cut an egg. Although their holy book states "tell the believers to cut the egg from the convenient side", they couldn't find a path to settle their differences peacefully. Pondering about human history of wars, their reasons and about why thousands of people had to fall and perish one would come to the conclusion that our reasons were not higher valued as the wars between those to islands and cutting the egg.
In Brobdingnag, land of the Giants, he happened to learn that life can only be explored, seen and thought of from different perspectives. His encounter with the King of Brobdingnag and his discourse with him regarding politics, jurisprudence, state-management and state-finance gave Gulliver the first devastating blow of his understanding of these matters. The king strokes on his shoulder and concludes: "I observe among you, some line of an institution, which in its original might have been tolerable; but these half erased, and the rest fully blurred and blotted by corruption". Gulliver was admittedly not bemused by this verdict.
Indeed the real fascination begins when Gulliver got the chance to review lively history of great empires and emperors as they were; the reason for their decay-which differ largely from what we had learnt-the quest for power and the absurdity of the human being of wanting to achieve it by all means. In Struldbrugg, he was introduced to the immortals, and was asked what he would have done if he were born as immortal. He, innocently, expresses exhilaration and great joy in narrating his wishes, which were met by some laughters of the indigenous. No reader can escape the melancholy caused by the description of how those immortals in reality lived and suffered, and how absence of the notion of death has changed their nature to worse.
The tone, the passion and the feelings got clearly intensified, and even were transformed to rage and resentment, when he had landed in the Land of Houyhnhnms. Gulliver is no longer the innocent and honest observer, and the reader will inevitably be taken by the force of his analysis and observations. His conversations with the Master-Horse about the Yahoos (the human race) their habits, nature, rulers, relationships, men and women lead Gulliver to fall in a profound sadness. Indeed the account is deeply shocking to any thoughtful reader especially when the Master tells him that "the Yahoos were known to hate one another more than any different spices of animals; and the reason usually assigned, was, the odiousness of their own shapes, which all could see in the rest, but not in themselves". At the end of his travels he chose solitary out of contempt for the yahoo race, to discover that his own happiness lies in his own breast, when the harmony between reason and heart is in equilibrium.
Although Swift had not witnessed any World War his profound knowledge of human abysm make his work timelessly insightful and beautiful.
Is it an exaggeration to ask, how would Plato have formulated his thoughts, had he read Gulliver's travel? Would the Republic remain the same?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Zwischen den Zeilen lesbar, 15. Januar 2013
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Wer glaubt, das sei ein Kinderbuch, täuscht sich gewaltig! Für Fans von Politik und Geschichte ergeben sich enorme Seitenhiebe auf Gesellschaft und Regierung der späten Kolonialmacht England.
Nicht zu unrecht auch heute aktuell.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Ganz gut.., 31. Juli 2013
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Das Buche habe ich für mein Englischstudium gebraucht, privat ist es nicht ganz so meins. Wer gut Englisch kann wird keine Verständigungsprobleme haben. Die Story an sich zieht sich allerdings schon etwas in die Länge.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen zu Recht ein Standardwerk., 26. Mai 2014
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Hintenraus wird es etwas zäh - aber sicher ein lesenswerter Klassiker. Schade nur, dass man höchstens als Geschichts-Professor nachvollziehen kann, wen der gute Swift da alles aufs Korn genommen hat...
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Gulliver's Travels, 31. März 2000
I thought the book was decent. This story is about a man named Lemuel Gulliver, a doctor who loves adventure. When Gulliver signed aboard a ship he got more than he bargained for. A shipwreck leaves Gulliver ashore on an island. All the people inhabiting the island are no bigger than his finger. One of my favorite parts of the book was when Gulliver capture the enemies fleet and brought them to the emperor. These are just the beginning of Gullivers travels. I enjoyed this book although some parts were dull. I would recomend this book to young readers who have a good imagination.
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