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Gulliver’s Travels

Jonathan Swift

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Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift was first published in 1726. The full title of the book is 'Travels into Several Remote Nations of the World. In Four Parts. By Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon, and then a Captain of Several Ships'. It's a satrical fantasy novel that charts Lemuel Gulliver on his voyages to different worlds. First is Lilliput where Gulliver meets a race of tiny people. Second is Brobdingnag where the people are giants. The third voyage is to Laputa (a kingdom where the people are devoted to the arts of music, mathematics, and astronomy but are unable to use them for practical ends), Balnibarbi (a kingdom in ruins brought about by the blind pursuit of science without practical results), Luggnagg (with people who are immortal), and Glubbdubdrib (where our hero meets the ghosts of historical figures such as Julius Caesar and Rene Descartes). The fourth voyage is to the Land of the Houyhnhnms, where talking horses rule over deformed human like creatures called Yahoos.

Gulliver’s Travels was very popular when it was published, although it was criticised by some for its misanthropy, and Vanity Fair author William Makepeace Thackeray described it as blasphemous.

The book has given us the words Yahoo (to mean a ruffian) and Lilliputian (meaning small and delicate).

№ 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.

№ 15 in Anne Haight's List of Banned Books.

№ 55 in The BBC's 100 Greatest British Novels.

Part of the Encyclopaedia Britannica’s Great Books of the Western World set.

This book has 179 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 15th July 2021. The artwork used for the cover is 'Gulliver and the Brobdingnagian Philosophers' by Paul Gavarni.

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