Gulliver's Travels
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • Gulliver's Travels
  • Gulliver's Travels
ISBN: 000735102X
EAN13: 9780007351022
Language: English
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 0.87" H x 7.01" L x 4.41" W
Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Jonathan Swift's classic travel adventure has been adapted into an easy-reading Stepping Stones early chapter book, while keeping all the fun, humor, and unusual perspectives of the original story.

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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   An interesting, intriguing, edge of your seat book
I read the Illustrated Classics version as a kid and when I was in my mid-teens I read the full version. I read which depends on my mood and how I feel. The author uses different metaphors, like storms, to transition between great islands. Each change in the setting teaches many important lessons without the reader really realizing it. How the author does this is a mystery and keeps the reader hooked, wanting to know what happens next if the characters ever return home. You also wonder how things will change for the main character if their journey does end and what the long-lasting effects will be. Not just that person, but those around them and where they live. This is an interesting, intriguing edge of your seat book that you don 't want to miss!
 
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   A classic, helped along by excellent narration
Audible. com chose this edition of GULLIVER 'S TRAVELS because it has an accompanying narration, which is available from Audible. com. It features WhisperSync, so that you can easily switch back and forth between reading and listening without losing your place. The price is also right! GULLIVER 'S TRAVELS is a very early novel, first published in 1726 - just seven years after ROBINSON CRUSOE, often cited as the first modern novel. It has no dialogue at all, because it is in the form of a memoir by Gulliver of his travels, and can be rather difficult to read. However, listening to it makes it much easier to comprehend, especially when it is read as well as this by David Hyde Pierce. I really enjoyed this classic, much more than if I had read it simply ''.
 
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   ... I had watched the movie version many times and loved it. However
I thought I was familiar with the story line, because I had watched the movie version many times and loved it. While the main concept remains the same, the film version took some great liberties with the plot. I still love the story, but it is hmmm... how shall I say it? bawdy? Certainly sarcastic and very humorous, albeit often crude with a great deal of loyalty '' language sometimes crosses into foul language, but in the manner of 18th century speech. A good listen still. Initially, I did not care about the reader, but got used to it after awhile. That is the reason for only 4 stars. It is very political and one can see easily similarities to the political climate of today, though it was written almost 300 years ago!
 
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   Great starters for our 4 year old son.
I know that a lot of people don 't care for these books because they say that they are dumbed. For older children, true might be more important. But I think they're great starters for our four-year-old son. I hope that he will read the original classics when he is older, by reading them.
 
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   ... based upon fantasy places which really don't exist but fun to contemplate
A classic based on fantasy places which really do not exist, but is fun to contemplate. I found it funny that a major Internet company name is based on characters in this book Yahoo!
 
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   Slow going
The language can be difficult to track and I have put it down a few times. I've decided to read this as I am sure there are great stories and morals to find, but it is a chore.
 
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   Once a Classic...
Given the thinnish crop of modern fiction these days, it was nice to revisit Gulliver. It is still a classic. Swift, the grandfather of modern satire, manages to shred the mores and morals of his day in a way that few modern satirists can manage. While there have been recent years of cartoons and children's versions of this masterpiece, they all miss the point. This is NOT the stuff of the kids. This is very grown-up, very raunchy sociopolitical satire at its best.
 
5
   Classic Book
This is a wonderful book that I bought for my son so that he could read the classic stories that I grew up on. Beautifully made into a fine hard cover, this is durable and will last a long time even if he falls asleep with it and rolls all over it, while reading it.
 
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   I wanted to read the original version so I'm glad it was available for free on my Kindle
I wanted to read the original version, so I am glad that it is available on my Kindle for free.
 
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   Mutatis Mutandis
Before anyone convinces that there is little reason to read the classics, I suggest comparing Ursula Le Guin's changing plans with Gulliver's travels. Without becoming involved in any plagiarism, Ursula Le Guin copied Swift's theme of traveling to distant places where the inhabitants provide scathing satire of the author's contemporary culture. While it is true that Swift's work contains the faults and foibles of the Enlightenment period, while Le Guin deals more with American society at the turn of the millennium than is appropriate, Swift can still be read with pleasure for his narrative and characters as well as his social commentary. And, giving due credit to Du Guin's incredible power of imagination, Swift was even more creative in delivering the original impetus behind this innovation in the fantasy genre. Mutatis mutandis is a type of fungandis. Read swift in the modern version to see the inspiration for the original versions.
 
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