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review Gulliver's Travels and Other Writings Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB Ñ Lemuel Gulliver cirurgião de um navio naufragado acorda um dia em Lilliput onde o tamanho minúsculo dos habitantes lhe faz parecer absurdos todos os seus interesses e disputas Uma segunda viagem leva o ao reino dos gigantes onde desta vez o seDesconforto precisamente por ser inspirado por uma enorme lucidez e uma grande racionalidade As Viagens de Gulliver são escritas para dissipar a nossa cegueira para nos curar das nossas ironias inconscientes Martin Price observa ue “Gulliver é concebido como o herói de uma comédia de incompreensão” Dado ue cada um de nós vive até certo ponto a comédia da incompreensão simpatizamos com Gulliver»Harold Bloo. I picked this up to do a re read Out side of the Lilliput part of the story I remember little about this I read it over 20 years agoThe book is several different stories told by Gulliver on his wild travels They are 1 Lilliput the most famous one people know this story for2 Brobdingnag the opposite of lilliput He goes to a land of giants3 Laputa Balnibarbi Luggnagg Glubbdubdrib and Japan4 HouyhnhnmsIf this book had just been about Lilliput and Brobdingnag it would have been a 4 star read for me but taking the whole into account and it's barely 3 stars There are weird things that happen all through this story In Lilliput the royal uarters are set on fire and Gulliver rushes to helps He urinates on the building to put out the fire The ueen is so upset about this that they want to blind Gulliver The first two parts are interesting Starting in Part 3 things get very slow and somewhat miserable Jonathan is a wonderful writer and that is something but it was miserable trying to get through the end I can't believe I got through this as a kid By the time we were in the land of the Houyhnhnms and he was describing the hair around their beasts anus and their utters I was just done It was horrible The end became a torture I was so glad to be done with this book I'm surprised I don't give it a lower star I know this is supposed to be satire but I don't know what was happening back in the 1700s enough to get the references I can't really enjoy the satire One thing I will never read this book again If anyone asks If you know European history and love Satire then you might enjoy this book All others should read the first two parts and put the book downThe last two parts would be a good torture devise for someone you don't like Just make them listen to it

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Hecimento falha o alvo e a imortalidade implica apenas sofrimento A viagem final leva o ao país dos Houyhnhnms cavalos dotados de razão ue partilham o seu domínio com os Yahoos uando regressa a Ingla terra Gulliver é um homem mudado«Swift foi declarado louco em 1742 dezasseis anos após a publicação de As Viagens de Gulliver mas o livro escrito uando ainda possuía as suas faculdades é perigosamente são e causa. Jonathan Swift 1667 – 1745 writes towards the end of his book an author perfectly blameless against whom the tribe of answerers considerers observers reflecters detecters remarkers will never be able to find matter for exercising their talents Had Swift known GR he would probably have included “reviewers” in the above sentence This thought warns me against continuing any further with my reviewBut the Travels of Gullible Gulliver 1726 have made me laugh like no other book for a long time And I want to share thisThe introduction in my edition by Michael Foot was almost as funny For Foot surveys the history of the reaction to Swift’s book from its immediate huge success and popularity during the Enlightenment to the deprecating opinion shared by many but not all John Keats was one of the exceptions in puritanical Victorian times They were affronted by the shameful indecency their own minds projected onto Swift’s linesSome of the uotes from Victorian responses made me laugh as heartily as Swift’s words a monster gibbering shrieks and gnashing imprecations against mankind – tearing down all shreds of modesty past all sense of manliness and shame; filthy in word filthy in thought furious raging obscene His rehabilitation started during WW1 beginning with a lecture in Cambridge in 1917 Gulliver’s attacks on war and the idiocies of nationalism would have met welcoming ears in that university hall Some rejection still lingered for a while and surprisingly both George Orwell and Aldous Huxley were highly critical of SwiftNowadays many aspects of this book appeal strongly to our cynical and detached age What we have now is filtered by the Disney Cartoons and The Economist has chosen Gulliver as the title to its Travel Section And of course the company Yahoo also got its name from the most detestable of Swift’s characters As everyone knows this is a book about travelling The popularity of two of its four parts and their easy refashioning into tales for children disguise the fact that the book was written as a parody of the then prevailing travel writing If for us Travel now means consumption then it still meant discovery But in all discoveries there is some degree of presumptuousness And this is what bothered Swift But this book is a journey in itself Travel into Acerbity Each part becomes acidic and sour than the previous one And if the Victorians found it indecent we have to admit that there is a fair amount of stripping in this book but not of clothes Swift is stripping human nature For apart from the hilarious and highly creative stories the sum of reflections on the relativity of some of our beliefs which we hold as absolute constitutes a fully developed treatise on us The Fantastic and Utopian character is disguised by Swift's framing with exact dates each of the four trips Gulliver sets off on the 4th of May 1699 and returns from his final trip on the 5th of December 1715 May be it was this kind of specificity that made one of Swift’s contemporaries go and have a look at his Atlas to check where Lilliput was And another adamantly denied that the whole thing could be trueApart from children some mathematicians have also been delighted by Gulliver’s adventures demonstrable proof The third trip to the Land of Laputa some knowledge of Spanish helps in understanding this title is an amusing diatribe against mathematicians and academics A good reader of Swift must be willing to embrace self parodyThe fourth and final trip is the most controversial one since it is a direct blow at the arrogance of human nature And yet this part is an excellent exposition of Swift’s thinking and his deep aversion of brutality and despotismApart from Swift’s exuberant imagination I have greatly enjoyed his language In spite of the irony and satire his writing reads as coming directly from the pen of Mister Common Sense Swift wrote in a limpid form keeping a perfect pace that accompanied an impeccable stream of clear thinking Swift was known for his conviction on the appropriate use of language That the use of speech was to make us understand one another and to receive information of facts; now if any one said the thing which was not these ends were defeated And to make sure of this he would read aloud to his servants to confirm that his text would be understoodHe kept his humour until the end and this is what he wrote for his own epitaph He gave the little wealth he hadTo build a House for Fools and MadAnd shew’d by one Satyric TouchNo Nation needed it so much I close this book feeling a great respect for the smart polite Houyhnhnms who enjoy a level of wisdom and common sense that should be the envy of all of us

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Gulliver's Travels and Other WritingsLemuel Gulliver cirurgião de um navio naufragado acorda um dia em Lilliput onde o tamanho minúsculo dos habitantes lhe faz parecer absurdos todos os seus interesses e disputas Uma segunda viagem leva o ao reino dos gigantes onde desta vez o seu próprio tama nho lhe confere uma nova visão sobre o comportamento humano Caindo na mão de piratas ue o deixam à deriva Gulliver visita depois uma série de ilhas onde o con. And he gave it for his opinion that whoever could make two ears of corn or two blades of grass to grow upon a spot of ground where only one grew before would deserve better of mankind and do essential service to his country than the whole race of politicians put together I don't think there will ever be a time when Gulliver's Travels doesn't feel like a perfect mirror of humankind I remember the first time I read it as a child I was immeasurably impressed with the sudden insight that things are small or great depending on comparison with other things and that there are no absolute values That knowledge combined with the idea that you learn to understand yourself by seeing your peculiarities through the eyes of people who do not share your social and cultural background helped me navigate my globetrotting childhood When I reread the Travels as a grown up I focused on the political satire finding pleasure in discovering that the typical idiocies of my own time apparently had their correspondences centuries ago Somehow that made life easier to bearBut now I am beginning to wonder Are the yahoos degenerating further When will they hit rock bottom And could we maybe ship off some of our worst yahoos to Lilliput where they can claim they are great without lyingThank Goodness there are authors like Swift who are capable of making humanists in despair laugh on dark November nights after reading the never ending misery called news Oh Lordy I wish they were fakeBut they are likely to mirror the world without the wit and irony that Swift added to make life endurable enjoyable even That is a uality in an author that is always needed now than everYahooooooooooooooooo