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Gr 7 Up-Jonathan Swift's satirical novel was first published in 1726, yet it is still valid today. Gulliver's Travels describes the four fantastic voyages of Lemuel Gulliver, a kindly ship's surgeon. Swift portrays him as an observer, a reporter, and a victim of circumstance. His travels take him to Lilliput where he is a giant observing tiny people. In Brobdingnag, the tables are reversed and he is the tiny person in a land of giants where he is exhibited as a curiosity at markets and fairs. The flying island of Laputa is the scene of his next voyage. The people plan and plot as their country lies in ruins. It is a world of illusion and distorted values. The fourth and final voyage takes him to the home of the Houyhnhnms, gentle horses who rule the land. He also encounters Yahoos, filthy bestial creatures who resemble humans. The story is read by British actor Martin Shaw with impeccable diction and clarity and great inflection. If broken into short listening segments, the tapes are an excellent tool for presenting an abridged version of Gulliver's Travels.-Jean Deck, Lambuth University, Jackson, TN
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Excellent stories. I had forgotten the stories and enjoyed this book tremendously. I read the book during my high school days, but it was just as exciting now as 30 years ago.Published 1 month ago by L. Mayo
This is one of the old classics of all time. If you have a bit of time, it is worth the read.Published 2 months ago by Sieg
It is only fair that those unfamiliar with this work are warned of its 18th century prose, which may distract, if not exceedingly annoy, some readers.Published on July 19 2004
There is no need for me to go into what a marvelous and timeless classic "Guliver's Travels" is. Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by J Bucknoff, PMP
While cultural pundits try to convince you that some literature is better than other literature, the truth is that all art is relative to individial tastes. Read morePublished on May 6 2004
A dry old read that has not withstood the test of time. Wordy prose, redundant grammar and forced wit. Useful only as a study of 18th Century Literature.Published on March 1 2004