The image of Gulliver as a giant within a tiny city will be with us forever. Blocked in gilt, it is just terrific. That amount of detail in that format is utterly arresting. With the fetching dark green cloth and all edges in gilt. So copies are not as plentiful as we might hope. Prices vary according to condition and can be seen in the link below. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email.
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He discovers a race of humanoid savages and a race of intelligent horses. The horses think he is one of the savages, "Yahoos," but are surprised by the civility he displays. He is taken to the leader of their village, and is instructed in their language. To the disbelief of all the horses, "Houyhnhnms", he is as intelligent as they are. Their leader inquires about his world, and is stunned to find that the roles of horses and men are reversed. He is disgusted by the society Gulliver reveals. The society of the Houyhnhnms is much friendlier, but less personal. They do what needs to be done to survive, and don't nurture hate nor encourage violence.
Gulliver's eyes are opened by the Houyhnhnms, and finds himself progressively more disgusted by humanity.
It slowly dawns on Gulliver that the repulsive Yahoos are actually humans who arrived on the island far earlier. He falls in love with the society of the Houyhnhnms and no longer wishes to leave the island. He is sadly forced off of the island and tries to live in seclusion on a nearby one.
He is discovered by sailors and taken aboard against his will. The captain is a very kind and patient man and cares for Gulliver despite his repulsion.
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When he arrives home he is disgusted by his own family and can't stand their presence for over a year, instead conversing with a pair of horses he purchased. He ends with a statement about how these islands he visited are technically property of England but that he sees no advantage to colonizing any of them. He desires to protect the Houyhnhnms most of all, as their noble society is something he believes we should all strive for.
While I found the book fairly interesting at times, the language used was hard to follow, and it often went off onto rants that were both uninteresting and irrelevant. However, I do know that this book was intended to be a satire, and the boredom experienced may be an intentional act by Swift. I found many of the ways these societies operated purely ridiculous and totally unsustainable, but perhaps this was also intentional.
I would assume that this was done to make me think about WHY I found them ridiculous, and if it was the product of close mindedness or fact. After looking into the story more when writing this, I found many small hints that indicate the satirical tone of the book. While the first reading was a little grueling, the review and discovery of small hints was very enjoyable. I would recommend this book to anyone with the perseverance to get through the dry parts, as the rest of it is truly interesting. I pushed my way through about the first quarter - the writing is sparkling throughout, but story proceeds pretty tamely at first, making you wonder why this is perceived as such a classic As it goes along it gets more ridiculous and more acerbic, with some of the second half laugh-out-loud funny.
Once you get in the groove with the Enlightenment writing style, Swift's utterly modern and biting observations on human foibles and depravity are a sad revelation - beautifully executed, but dispiriting in that we've made no progress in three hundred years. While I doubt I'll get around to it, the book bears rereading, particularly to get at Swift's characterization of Gulliver.
Justly viewed as a key classic of English literature. I had watched the movie version many times and loved it. I thought I was familiar with the story line because I had watched the movie version many times and loved it. However, while the main concept remains the same, the movie version took some great liberties with the plot. I still love the story but it is hmmm Certainly sarcastic and very humorous albeit often crude with a great deal of 'salty' language sometimes crossing over to foul language but in the manner of 18th century speech.
Still, a good listen. I didn't care for the reader initially but got used to it after awhile. He is sort of too obviously British and sounded bored. That's the reason for only 4 stars. It's very political and one can easily see similarities to today's political climate though it was written almost years ago! See all reviews. See all customer images. Most recent customer reviews. Published 2 days ago. Published 1 month ago. Published 2 months ago. Published 3 months ago. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.
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