Lemuel Gulliver, a slightly staid ship’s doctor, relates the tales of his astonishing travels. He encounters the tiny, warring Lilliputians; the giant, sceptical Brobdingnagians; the ludicrously intellectual Laputans; and the idealistic – if rather stolid – Houyhnhnms and their bestial servants, the Yahoos. An immediate best-seller when it was first published in 1726, Gulliver’s Travels has remained a favourite ever since. It was an attack on the politics and society of Swift’s day, but it is also a polemical, inventive, surreal, vitriolic and wonderfully imaginative masterpiece, whose powerful satire continues to strike home.
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A long way from the typical children's adaptations! More of a time capsule giving a series of views on European society as explained to all the strange characters in strange lands.
I wouldn't really call it a novel or flowing story, but well worth the listen. Nicely read and nicely produced.
"Witty, funny and a searing indictment of humanity"
I can see why this book is a true classic - first published in 1726 and never been out of print. It's prose is straight forward without any archaic use of language, so it is easy to read and enjoy. Whilst you can tell that the book is of another time, it does not feel dated or any less relevant for it's age.
The author relates the politics, morality and class systems of the Europeans in a series of explanations to people or creatures with no experience of our culture, trying desperately to justify the lives of the rich, the cause of wars, or the country's legal system. It is through this device that we are led to see our own inequities, however, the style of writing is witty and humorous enough that we are allowed to take as much or little from the discussions as we like. The fantastical nature of the characters and their exploits turn a serious subject into something highly enjoyable.
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