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A parody of the popular seafaring narratives of his time, a harsh judgment against inherently corrupt human nature, and a satire of the ways of England, Swift's masterpiece was written "to vex the world rather than divert it." For generations, it has inspired it.
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Revised edition: Previously published as Gulliver's Travels, this edition of Gulliver's Travels (AmazonClassics Edition) includes editorial revisions.
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By Lee Andrews on 06-27-18
Colbert report for a different time period
this is the first ever political satire. and therefore a precurser to a very popular modern genre. published in 1726 in secret, about colonial Europe and human nature as a whole at a time when it could have been considered treason and herescy. being a satire of a different time period and written in the travel journel style, a no longer written genre popular of the day. it is a fair to say the novel is obsolete to modern listeners. I perpose a different conjecture. if your like me your a little disillusioned by the current state of politics in America. I think you will enjoy this book. made me feel a lot better about the way we run our nation. as for the out dated style I found it similar to science fiction. ergo Star trek where new civilizations are encountered. I am not going to tell you my conjectures of the views in the book. because I hate being told what to think. Swift is not Suttle, and their are several study guides online. this book had been discected and debated for centuries by greater minds then mine. I will tell you not to expect any profound answers for as Swift confessed the perpose of the story is to vex the world. the narration was a little annoying. but I believe Gulliver himself is the biggest joke of all. swift being a irish clergyman the ideological opposite of a English surgeon and meant to be ridaclued. in retrospect the David Hyde Pierce version might be better narrated with Niles Crane's sarcasim. cowardly, prideful and misongynestic I found myself disliking him by books end helped by the narrators voice. this was a production I really enjoyed all the same.