Gulliver has an itch to travel around the world, but whenever he steps on a ship, bad luck seems to find him. He is shipwrecked, abandoned, marooned, and mutinied against, and each time lands in a strange and curious place. First he discovers the kingdom of the six-inch-tall Lilliputians, then the country of the giant Brobdingnagians, then the island of the academic Laputans, which floats in the sky, and finally the noble realm of the horselike Houyhnhnms. Who knew there were so many unusual creatures under the sun?
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A level 4 Oxford Bookworms Library graded reader. Written for Learners of English by Jonathan Swift
Soon I felt something alive moving along my leg and up my body to my face, and when I looked down, I saw a very small human being, only fifteen centimetres tall . . . I was so surprised that I gave a great shout.'
But that is only the first of many surprises which Gulliver has on his travels. He visits a land of giants and a flying island, meets ghosts from the past and horses which talk . . .
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A TALE OF A TUB
THE BATTLE OF THE BOOKS
THE BICKERSTAFF-PARTRIDGE PAPERS
THE SWEARER’S BANK
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, 1726
GULLIVER’S TRAVELS, 1735
A MODEST PROPOSAL
AN EXAMINATION OF CERTAIN ABUSES
A COMPLETE COLLECTION OF GENTEEL AND INGENIOUS CONVERSATION
DIRECTIONS TO SERVANTS
BROTHERLY LOVE AND OTHER SERMONS
Other Religious Works
LIST OF RELIGIOUS WORKS
The Political Works
LIST OF POLITICAL WORKS
The Historical Works
THE HISTORY OF THE FOUR LAST YEARS OF THE QUEEN
AN ABSTRACT OF THE HISTORY OF ENGLAND
REMARKS ON THE CHARACTERS OF THE COURT OF QUEEN ANNE
REMARKS ON LORD CLARENDON’S “HISTORY OF THE REBELLION”
REMARKS ON BISHOP BURNET’S “HISTORY OF HIS OWN TIME”
NOTES ON THE “FREEHOLDER”
CONTRIBUTIONS TO ‘THE TATLER’
CONTRIBUTIONS TO ‘THE EXAMINER’
CONTRIBUTION TO ‘THE SPECTATOR’
CONTRIBUTIONS TO ‘THE INTELLIGENCER’
The Poetry Collection
THE POEMS OF JONATHAN SWIFT
LIST OF POEMS IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER
LIST OF POEMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
A JOURNAL TO STELLA
SKETCH OF THE LIFE OF DR. JONATHAN SWIFT by R. Phillips
DEAN SWIFT by James McGee
Gulliver’s Travels, first published in 1726, is Jonathan Swift’s best known full-length work, and is both a parody of the “travellers’ tales” popular at the time and a satire on human nature. Throughout the four stories, ship’s surgeon Gulliver travels to distant lands, meets strange new peoples like the diminutive Lilliputians and the gigantic Brobdingnags, defends his ship from a pirate attack, and is marooned on a deserted island.
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As bestselling author and critic Allan Bloom observed: 'Gulliver's Travels is an amazing rhetorical achievement. Swift had not only the judgment with which to arrive at a reasoned view of the world but the fancy by means of which he could re-create that world in a form which teaches where argument fails and which satisfies all while misleading none.'
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'I cannot but conclude the bulk of your natives to be the most pernicious race of little odious vermin that nature ever suffered to crawl upon the surface of the earth.'
Shipwrecked on the high seas, Lemuel Gulliver finds himself washed up on the strange island of Lilliput, a land inhabited by quarrelsome miniature people. On his travels he continues to meet others who force him to reflect on human behaviour - the giants of Brobdingnag, the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos. In this scathing satire on the politics and morals of the 18th Century, Swift's condemnation of society and its institutions still resonates today.
Idézetek a könyvből:
„A liliputiak műveltségéről itt csak futtában szólhatok. Éppenhogy írásukat kell felemlítsem, nem balról-jobbra írnak, mint az európai népek, nem is jobbról-balra, mint az arabok és zsidók, nem is lefelé, mint a kínaiak, hanem keresztbe, a papír egyik sarkából a másik felé. Effajta írást eddig Angolországban tapasztaltam csak, ahol hölgyeink alkalmazzák, mikor leveleznek.”
„Kitűnően bebizonyítottad, hogy a tudatlanság, lustaság és a bűn azok a fontos tulajdonságok, amelyek segítségével valaki törvényhozóvá lehet. Hogy a törvényeket azok értelmezik, magyarázzák és alkalmazzák, akiknek minden érdekük és képességük csak a törvények elferdítésére, elrontására és kikerülésére irányul.”
„Kijelentette, hogy megfigyelésük szerint a jehuk sokkal jobban gyűlölik egymást, mint bármilyen más állatot és ezt rendszerint ronda megjelenésükkel magyarázták, amit mindegyik láthat a többiben, de semelyik sem önmagában.”
With wit and biting sarcasm during the time of great famine in Ireland, Dr. Jonathan Swift puts forth the proposal of the poor eating their little children to avoid starvation. Through his cynical sarcasm in this so-dark-it’s-funny satire Swift shed light on the reality of the Irish plight and how poor conditions truly were for the starving. By fabricating such an appalling proposal as those who are hungry eat their young, Swift forced the upper class to acknowledge how terrible the conditions were during the Irish famine, and therefore became a huge voice for Irish social justice.
our modern sensibilities. This representative collection of Swift’s major writings includes the complete Gulliver’s Travels as well as A Tale of a Tub, “The Battle of the Books,” “A Modest Proposal,” “An Argument Against Abolishing Christianity,” “The Bickerstaff Papers,” and many more of his brilliantly satirical works. Here too are selections from Swift’s poetry and portions of his Journal to Stella. Swift’s savage ridicule, corrosive wit, and sparkling humor are fully displayed in this comprehensive collection.
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