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The story of Lemuel Gulliver and his many extraordinary voyages at sea has delighted readers for over 200 years. After a devastating shipwreck on his first foray onto the ocean, Gulliver finds himself on the shore of an unfamiliar island. Before he can begin to think of what to do, Gulliver realizes that he is being held captive by the island’s inhabitants. Perhaps many shipwrecked sailors have undergone a similar fate, but Gulliver’s captors are unique: each one of them is all of six inches tall. As Gulliver tries to make sense of what has happened and where he is, he sees that he must protect himself from the fierce miniature warriors. Promising them that he has only the best intentions, Gulliver manages to befriend the strange people. Although he escapes from the strange land of Lilliput and sets out to sea once again, Gulliver has no idea that he has only just begun a series of incredible voyages. As readers soon find out, hair-raising dangers, bizarre worlds, and plenty of adventure lie in wait for the unsuspecting traveler.
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A LETTER FROM CAPTAIN GULLIVER TO HIS COUSIN SYMPSON.
WRITTEN IN THE YEAR 1727.
I hope you will be ready to own publicly, whenever you shall be called to it, that by your great and frequent urgency you prevailed on me to publish a very loose and uncorrect account of my travels, with directions to ...
Reviewed by trit on Oct 21, 2010
Too negative politically
I am a political science student at Redeemer University College in my fourth year. I am planning on continuing on to receive my Masters in political science. I tell you this because I want you to understand where I am coming from in my review. I believe this book to be a rather skewed representation of British politics during the time that it was written. Britain had much to be proud of, but this book represents all that they had to be ashamed of-however, the positive aspects are left out almost entirely, which I believe is unfortunate. In addition to this, the writing style is not particularly engaging. So, not only is this book politically of-kilter, it is not all that engaging to read.
Reviewed by ilikebook on Jul 26, 2010
Reviewed by AndreaNo1 on Feb 8, 2009
This book was very strange. I can't say I ever want to read it again. It was kind of monotonous -- you always knew how it was going to turn out.
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