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Gulliver’s Travels is a satirical novel by Irish writer Jonathan Swift was first published in 1726. The book tells the story of Lemuel Gulliver, a ship's surgeon, who, after a series of mishaps en route to recognized ports, ends up on several unknown islands living with people and animals not like any he has ever seen. Through the eyes of Gulliver, Swift satirizes human nature, society, and politics. Gulliver's travels to four different imaginary places is used by Swift to satirize different aspects of human nature and society. In the first part, Lilliput, Gulliver becomes a giant among people who are only six inches tall, and in the second part, Brobdingnag, Gulliver is a dwarf among giants. In the third part, Laputa, Gulliver encounters a society so absorbed in abstract thinking that they are unable to function in the real world, and in the fourth and final part, the land of the Houyhnhnms, Gulliver encounters a society of horses who are the rulers and the Yahoos, the brutish human-like creatures, are the ruled. Overall the book is a powerful satire on the nature of man, his governments, and his institutions.
№ 3 in The Guardian's 100 Best Novels Written In English.
№ 4 in The Guardian's 100 Greatest Novels Of All Time.
№ 4 in Neil deGrasse Tyson's Essential Book List.
№ 55 in The BBC's 100 Greatest British Novels.
Part of Anne Haight's List of Banned Books.
Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.
This book has 104,254 words, 165 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1726. This edition, edited by John Hawksworth, was first published in 1766.
Production notes: This ebook of Gulliver’s Travels was published by Global Grey on the 8th June 2019, and was updated on the 26th January 2023. The artwork used for the cover is 'Gulliver and the Brobdingnagian Philosophers' by Paul Gavarni.