I viaggi di Gulliver

I viaggi di Gulliver Viral Ebook Let s face it Jonathan Swift was a snarky snarky bitch Gulliver s Travels is like a giantpimp slap across the human race face and I am so glad I finall

I viaggi di Gulliver Viral Ebook Let’s face it….Jonathan Swift was a snarky, snarky bitch. Gulliver’s Travels is like a giantpimp slap across the human race face and I am so glad I finally read this in a non-school, non-structured environment because I had a whole lot more fun with it this time around. Swift’s wit, insight and delivery are often, though not always, remarkable and he crams more well thought out jabs and toe-steppings in this slim 250 page novel than I would have thought possible in a work twice this long.   This is certainly a classic that I believe people should read and experience for themselves outside of any required scholarly endeavors because I think that many of the ills, injustices and idiocies that Swift addresses in this novel are still, unfortunately, very relevant today. While Swift is short on resolutions or ideas for improvement (one of my disappointments) he does a marvelous job of exposing the problems that he perceived as existing within the 18th Century world, most particularly England, and opening the door for a more expansive, popular discussion on these issues.Kudos for that, Mr Swift.  From a plot perspective, Gulliver’s Travels is a series of adventures by Lemuel Gulliver to various undiscovered, fictional worlds that act as a backdrop for Swift, through his main character/mouthpiece, to scathe, rebuke, poke fun at and/or question all manner of political, religious  and social institutions, philosophies and groups. Everything from blind adherence to political ideologies or religious dogma, to ideological intolerance, to arbitrary social divisions and even the non-practical aspects of the rampant scientific explorations so in vogue at the time. Few groups were spared from Swift's caustic lens and many of his attacks are vehement bordering on brutal. Good. That is how such a work should be IMHO.  Overall, I thought this was very worthwhile and many of Swift’s commentaries were piercing,  brilliant and exceptionally well done. Some of my personal favorites include:  ** Parodying the massive waste of energy and resources expended in political infighting in Great Britain between the Whigs and Tories by having the two Lilliputian political parties separated solely by the aesthetic choice between wearing high heels and low heels. I can only imagine how this parody played out among the MP of England at the time.  ** Making light of the tremendous importance placed on seemingly trivial differences in religious doctrine that often lead to the most acrimonious wars and civil strife by explaining that the genesis of a long and bloody war between rival factions of Lilliputians stems from a disagreement over where to crack eggs. One group break their eggs on the small end (Small Endians) and the other break their eggs on the large end (Big Endians). What I found most clever about this attack was the use of an ambiguous reference in each side's “holy book” that states, “all true believers break their eggs at the convenient end.” That is just about perfect satire Mr. Swift. ** A biting jab at traditions and customs that people cling to long after there is no practical reason to do so is eloquently made when Gulliver describes the Lilliputians custom of burying their dead head first.They bury their dead with their heads directly downwards, because they hold an opinion that in eleven thousand moons they are all to rise again, in which period the earth (which they conceive to be flat) will turn upside down, and by this means they shall, at their resurrection, be found ready standing on their feet. The learned among them confess the absurdity of this doctrine, but the practice still continues, in compliance to the vulgar.When Swift is on his game, he is very, very effective.** A wonderful anti-war statement is made through the horror and disgust with which the King of the giant Brobdingnagians (their size depicted as representing moral superiority) reacts to Gulliver’s description of gunpowder and his offer to teach the Brobdingnagians the formula for producing it:I told him of ‘an invention, discovered between three and four hundred years ago, to make a certain powder…[t]hat a proper quantity of this powder…would drive a ball of iron or lead, with such violence and speed, as nothing was able to sustain its force. That the largest balls thus discharged, would not only destroy whole ranks of an army at once, but batter the strongest walls to the ground, sink down ships, with a thousand men in each, to the bottom of the sea, and when linked together by a chain, would cut through masts and rigging, divide hundreds of bodies in the middle, and lay all waste before them. That we often put this powder into large hollow balls of iron, and discharged them by an engine into some city we were besieging, which would rip up the pavements, tear the houses to pieces, burst and throw splinters on every side, dashing out the brains of all who came near…...The king was struck with horror at the description I had given of those terrible engines, and the proposal I had made. ‘He was amazed, how so impotent and groveling an insect as I…could entertain such inhuman ideas, and in so familiar a manner, as to appear wholly unmoved at all the scenes of blood and desolation which I had painted as the common effects of those destructive machines; whereof,’ he said, ‘some evil genius, enemy to mankind, must have been the first contriver.’ As for himself, he protested, that although few things delighted him so much as new discoveries in art or in nature, yet he would rather lose half his kingdom, than be privy to such a secret; which he commanded me, as I valued any life, never to mention any more. Sorry for the long quote, but I thought that was a particularly moving passage. ** My personal favorite (purely from an enjoyment standpoint) is the depiction of the scientifically adept and common-senseless Laputans  who exemplify Swift’s serious gripe against scientific research that doesn’t have a practical and foreseeable benefit to society. The first man I saw was of a meagre aspect, with sooty hands and face…[H]e has been eight years upon a project for extracting sunbeams out of cucumbers, which were to be put in phials hermetically sealed, and let out to warm the air in raw inclement summers. He told me, he did not doubt, that, in eight years more, he should be able to supply the governor’s gardens with sunshine, at a reasonable rate…. Gulliver’s exploration of the scientific academy of Laputa was my favorite part of the novel and I thought Swift’s satiric chops were at there sharpest in relaying the societal dysfunction of the Laputans.  Now I must drop some ice in the bath water. As much as there was to enjoy in this work, I was not as blown away by it as I would have liked to have been. For one thing, I thought that Swift’s prose was merely serviceable and I didn’t find much in the way of eloquence in his delivery. It was missing the ear-pleasing lyrical quality that I have come to expect when reading classic literature. The writing wasn’t bad by any means but it wasn’t as enjoyable or memorable as I had hoped. This may be an unfair critique given that this book’s legacy lies with its content, but the lack of beautiful prose kept me from being able to enjoy the interludes and non-meaty passages of the work.    Also, some of Swift’s critiques fell a bit flat and didn't resonate with me as much as those mentioned above. For instance, the recasting of famous historical figures like Alexander, Hannibal and Caesar as being more subject to the moral frailties of the human animal than the established texts would have us believe. Swift uses this as the springboard to discuss the less than wholesome practices of securing political power today and that is a good thing. I just found the use of the legends of antiquity unnecessary and not particularly effective. That’s probably a personal bias of mine as I have always found those figures fascinating to read about.    Here's my biggest problem. One of the principal arguments that Swift makes in his novel is that balance and moderation are the keys to success both individually and as a people. Extremes of behavior and belief are the seeds from which disastrous consequences are born, according to Swift. That’s easy to say and it has an attractive ring to it, but I wish Swift had done a little more with it. This walkmy right into my biggest complaint about the story…the ending. I thought that the ambiguity of Gulliver’s condition at the end of the novel was a bit of a cop out. It appears as though the reader is left to determine whether Gulliver was (1) a man disgusted with humanity as a result of his exposure to the morally righteous and logically rational Houyhnhnm or (2) a man whose ill-conceived and intemperate worship of, and infatuation with the Houyhnhnm made him just another unbalanced yahoo whose loss of perspective and left him deranged.   Part of the answer of this would stem from determining whether Swift was holding up the Houyhnhnms as a model to follow or whether their own passionless adherence to logic was itself a subject of parody. However, as with the end, I think Swift was less than certain of his position (or of the position he wanted to state) and thus left too much ambiguity to the reader. Now I understand that often these kinds of soft endings are perfect as they allow the reader to interpret the work for themselves. However, here where Swift has been bludgeoning the reader with his opinions throughout the entire work, to suddenly punt and not clearly express a case for his protagonist seems to be a miss. That said, I am the first to acknowledge that it is anywhere from a distinct possibility to a metaphysical certainty that the “miss” here is on my part, but that was how I saw it. I wanted Swift to wrap up and summarize the effect of the journey on Gulliver and provide a statement about what should be drawn from his experience so that a better road could be paved for using his travels to address the problems on which it shined its light.   3.0 to 3.5 stars. Still…HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!. Nato come uno sfogo contro una determinata congiuntura sociale e politica nell Inghilterra dei primi del Settecento, Gulliver uno di quei libri che cedono nuove ricchezze ad ogni successiva lettura I suoi bersagli l intolleranza, la corruzione, l avidit , l ipocrita fiducia nella scienza come soluzione dei mali causati dall uomo non hanno perso nulla della loro attuNato come uno sfogo contro una determinata congiuntura sociale e politica nell Inghilterra dei primi del Settecento, Gulliver uno di quei libri che cedono nuove ricchezze ad ogni successiva lettura I suoi bersagli l intolleranza, la corruzione, l avidit , l ipocrita fiducia nella scienza come soluzione dei mali causati dall uomo non hanno perso nulla della loro attualit , e l amara sintesi che ne deriva racchiusa nelle parole del re di Brobdingnag, il paese degli abitanti alti come campanili Da quando mi avete narrato della vostra nazione egli dice a Gulliver, devo concludere che la maggioranza dei vostri indigenti la pi perniciosa massa di vermiciattoli che la natura mai soffr che strisciasse sulla superficie della Terra.. Bestseller Kindle I viaggi di Gulliver Okay, I didn't finish this sucker. It was poor. I was kind of shocked. I was thinking why does no one point out that this is a giant rip off of Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Honey I Blew Up the Kid? It's painfully obvious. I don't see why this Danial Defoe mope has not had his ass sued, maybe he avoided that by writing his ripoff in a long ass frankly boring olde-worlde style so that all the lawyers would fall asleep before they got their writ typed up. The other stuff that isn't Lillypoot and Borodbynag or whatever is talking horses and shit and I'm pretty sure they're in Lord of the Rings so more ripoff although I never saw that movie all the way through because it's kind of boring and also kind of gay.ps - some real geek types have PMed me saying that Daniel Dafoe didn't write thia d it was Jonathon Swift. I mean, get a life. They're all dead right? they're like deader than dead. who cares. lol.
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  1. Jonathan Swift was an Anglo Irish satirist, essayist, political pamphleteer first for Whigs then for Tories , and poet, famous for works like Gulliver s Travels, A Modest Proposal, A Journal to Stella, The Drapier s Letters, The Battle of the Books, and A Tale of a Tub Swift is probably the foremost prose satirist in the English language, and is less well known for his poetry Swift published all of his works under pseudonyms such as Lemuel Gulliver, Isaac Bickerstaff, M.B Drapier or anonymously He is also known for being a master of two styles of satire the Horatian and Juvenalian styles.

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  1. Let s face it.Jonathan Swift was a snarky, snarky bitch Gulliver s Travels is like a giantpimp slap across the human race face and I am so glad I finally read this in a non school, non structured environment because I had a whole lot fun with it this time around Swift s wit, insight and delivery are often, though not always, remarkable and he crams well thought out jabs and toe steppings in this slim 250 page novel than I would have thought possible in a work twice this long This is certainly [...]


  2. Okay, I didn t finish this sucker It was poor I was kind of shocked I was thinking why does no one point out that this is a giant rip off of Honey I Shrunk the Kids and Honey I Blew Up the Kid It s painfully obvious I don t see why this Danial Defoe mope has not had his ass sued, maybe he avoided that by writing his ripoff in a long ass frankly boring olde worlde style so that all the lawyers would fall asleep before they got their writ typed up The other stuff that isn t Lillypoot and Borodbyna [...]


  3. 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 thi [...]



  4. Jonathan Swift 1667 1745 writes towards the end of his book 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 review.But the Travels of Gullible Gulliver 1726 have made me laugh like no other book for a long time And I w [...]


  5. Oh man.This book was sheer torture The writing was dry and bland and boring Swift had some really interesting ideas An island of people no larger than your finger Another island with people that are 60 feet tall A floating island, an island of scientists, the island of Yahoosbut the execution was hard to appreciate I came very close to putting this novel down many many times I admit to not being a fan of early, victorian literature, but this was just painful.


  6. This was my favorite required reading in high school well, actually, probably tied with Animal Farm It was a very pleasant and unexpected surprise The reference points I had were cartoon retellings of this from my youth I only really had an image of Gulliver vs the Lilliputians and that was only the most basic giant in a land full of very small people storylines well, they were trying to entertain children, so it doesn t have to get much complex than that But, the book is made up of stories th [...]


  7. So much than just a fantastical tale of a man journeying to mystical lands This is thinly veiled satireper thin.A seafaring Englishman ends up in four fairytale worlds where people are small, gigantic, smarties in the maths, and where people are horses By the second journey you d think he d be done with all this, but in the end he s done with humans and has trouble living amongst his own kind.Written in the old style where listing off occurrences constituted an adventure and a perfectly well co [...]


  8. Another excellent invention of the Laputan Academy is a kind of fellowship or club, which they call in their language Sdaerdoog, or superior literature and indeed the name does not belie the thing, for it is quite the most superior manner of enjoying literature yet devized Noting that every man will be well acquainted with the great books of the world, yet few have the inclination to read them, the Laputan savants have ordained a scheme, no less ingenious than equitable, whereby this onerous dut [...]


  9. Los viajes de Gulliver es el tipo de libros que podr an agruparse con otros relatos de viajes para ser le dos en cadena, puesto que las experiencias que se narran en ellos en general son afines entre s.Por la naturaleza de lo que sucede en l, se pueden establecer relaciones entre ste libro y Robinson Crusoe , de Daniel Defoe, a partir de las experiencias de Lemuel Gulliver como n ufrago en varias ocasiones, o La isla del tesoro de Robert Louis Stevenson e incluso por el tipo de personajes con lo [...]


  10. Lemuel Gulliver was the first who discovered the theory of relativity he comprehended that everything in the world is relative therefore while amongst Lilliputians he is a giant, amongst Brobdingnagians he is a midget.Eccentricity excellently stands against the erosion of time much better than any fashion But it takes a genius to see everything ordinary and commonplace in a bizarre light and to make it withstand the ages Everyone knows how laborious the usual method is of attaining to arts and s [...]


  11. It s one of the stranger occurrences that Gulliver s Travels is recognized often than not as a fantastical adventure for the delight of children, when in actuality it is one of the bleakest condemnations of human beings to ever corrode a page The Reverend Swift is a master of misanthropic satire, and even with the arsenal of footnotes as this wonderful edition from Oxford Classics exhaustively supplies essential for a well rounded reading of GT, the Gentle Reader is still left staggering to kee [...]


  12. Glad to get the references now although I could have just read the Lilliputians are small, the Brobdignagians big, the flying city is whatever, the Houhynhyns are really great although he s pretty unpersuasive on this why are they so great because they don t have a word for lying Gulliver grows to love horses so much that he can t speak to his own family when he gets home I didn t buy it I just think he s a misanthrope , and I suppose the most significant use of reading the book is to understand [...]


  13. 983 Gulliver s Travels, Jonathan SwiftTravels into Several Remote Nations of the World in Four Parts by Lemuel Gulliver, First a Surgeon then a Captain of Several Ships, Jonathan Swift 18 1970 1335 498 1365 529 1387 536 9789649971839 18 1369 155 1372 1391 380 1393 9786007845011 1391 195 9789643807979 1391 197 9789641852971 1349 48 1736 1735



  14. This was a re read of an old favourite I fell in love with this book in my teens and have returned to it a few times since my teens were a long time ago.Jonathan Swift was a satirist of the first order While you can read this as a silly fantasy story it works on two levels and the first time I read it as a pre teen I enjoyed it purely as a silly fantasy tale virtually everything in this book has a double meaning As with most, if not all, of the best satirists, Swift s commentaries are both hilar [...]



  15. I didn t really like this book I toyed with giving the book two stars but because some parts were somewhat entertaining, I decided on giving the book three stars.It was very hard to get into and some parts were slow and they dragged on forever Glad I can say that I finally read it but it definitely wouldn t be one I d ever pick up again.


  16. Book ReviewIf you ve never heard of Jonathan Swift before, perhaps this will jog your memory In one of his other famous works, A Modest Proposal, he offers a suggestion that we should eat babies in order to survive.Whaaaaat You re probably thinking I m a nut job for talking about this But a few things to remember1 Swift is Irish So it s OK They can say those sort of things and get away with And so can I Because I m Irish Oh and it s all satire So let s relax a bit P2 A Modest Proposal is not the [...]



  17. It is difficult to describe what Swift s masterpiece means to me Gulliver s Travels is a book that I will probably be grappling with for the rest of my life, and I mean that in a good way It is a savage jeu d esprit, a book about religion with no mention of God, a philosophical end game written in unadorned prose, a deeply pessimistic statement on human nature, a lacerating attack on the primacy of Reason in Englightenment thought, a pacifist tract, and, yes, one of the funniest books ever writt [...]


  18. This book was written in 1726 It s pretty old I anticipated bland writing check with a LOT of detailed and seemingly insignificant description check and no real story line check Helps to be prepared for it I find it also helps to read an old book out of a vintage edition it s just that much fun Then you can build up a handy sense of romanticism about old literature and float through the dull parts My copy is from 1947 with a dust cover that s falling apart and that burnt paper smell Mmm I picke [...]


  19. I was in error in giving this two stars back when I read this in high school, but not by much Back then I was bored out of my gourd, here and now I m done with I will instinctively know the truth due to my super white able male powers Regardless of whether tis beneficial to give Swift the full benefit of the fictional doubt as is popular in circles of academic aspiration, ugh.This is the perfect definition of a classic male, European, old, punches down on everything in the names of satire and tr [...]


  20. A very frustrating book, in parts brilliant, in others annoyingly tedious and just boring Overall and having said that I did like it and am glad that I persevered.The hardest work and most boring were the passages concerning voyages to Lilliput and Brobdingnag once the novelty and dilemmas of being tiny in a world of giants and vice versa had been established, there were what seemed like endless passages concerning how small things were or how big things were at the respective destinations unfor [...]


  21. Every time one reads Gulliver s Travels one learns something new I have read it four times and have barely scratched the surface The first two sections on the land of the little people and of the giants get the most attention from moviemakers because of their fairy tale qualities and the satire that is pertinent in any age However, as my professor in first year English said, the important thing is to devote equally energy and attention to the last two sections of the book which are as strong as [...]


  22. L orgoglio, l immancabile vizio degli stupidi Nell immaginario dei lettori e anche non di questo romanzo c l immagine di Gulliver disteso sulla spiaggia di Lilliput, con tanti omuncoli che gli camminano addosso, la medesima immagine che vedo ora ritratta nella copertina E un immagine parziale e limitata di questo capolavoro di Swift, perch , a mio parere, il viaggio di Gulliver a Lilliput, che il primo dei quattro raccontati nel romanzo, forse il meno interessante dal punto di vista del valore l [...]


  23. Biting political satire9 September 2015 I m sure many of us are familiar with the tale of the sailor from England who after a shipwreck finds himself bound to the beach on an unknown island surrounded by a race of people who are substantially smaller that him Some of you are probably even familiar with the not so recent Jack Black film which I have seen but can t remember much of it beyond Jack Black heading out in a speed boat from Miami and getting caught in a storm From a very young age I hav [...]


  24. My class read this right after finishing Robinson Crusoe, which, I think, was a perfect decision on my professor s part In addition to making bold statements about colonialism and slavery, satirizing the hell out of European government and rulers and scientists and just about everything else, Swift is using Gulliver s Travels to write the longest, best parody of Robinson Crusoe ever He takes Defoe s long winded, preachy, boring survival story with racist and imperialist overtones, and turned it [...]


  25. Swift s Satirical FantasiesThis was another re read of a novel that I had read as a child and that had left me with very vivid memories.For the most part, I enjoyed it just as much as I did then Unlike Tristram Shandy , it wasn t really a precocious work of Post Modernism It was a collection of satirical fantasies, albeit reliant on a realistic narrative style Still, it packs a punch I don t recall from my first reading.Tales of a Traveller Returned WantingThe novel purports to be a travelogue [...]


  26. Quanta amarezza in questo libro La sua ferocia fa paura non sorprende che sia stato svuotato e smembrato fino a trasformarlo in una narrazione informe da proporre come libro per bambini Quella versione ha il suo fascino avventuroso, ma questo romanzo stato concepito dall autore come una severa critica all umanit cosiddetta civilizzata, e proprio i bambini sembrano essere gli unici ai quali questo rimprovero non rivolto Mi piace ricordare il mio primo contatto con Gulliver avevo circa nove anni, [...]


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