"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 more essential service to his country, than the whole race of politicians put together." From Gulliver's Travels
First published in 1726 initially anonymously, the relentless satire of Jonathan Swift remains strikingly familiar even three centuries later. Through Gulliver's accounts of his travels among various fantasy societies, including the tiny Lilliputians and the giant people of Brobdingnag, all the merits and flaws of humanity are exposed. And the author also craftily derides many aspects of his own society by often disapproving of the ignorant ways of his hosts. Gulliver has a memorable exchange with the ruler of the giants when he extols the wonders of gunpowder and the destruction that weapons designed around it are capable of causing on both buildings and flesh. Gulliver offers to teach the giants of Brobdingnag how to make gunpowder, but the ruler is appalled. He declares that he would never use such weapons and that Gulliver is never to bring up the subject again. Gulliver snidely considers the ruler to be narrow-minded for dismissing such excellent weaponry.
The story takes place over a sixteen year period in which Gulliver engages on four journeys by sea. He usually ends up in surreal locations through shipwreck, pirate attack, and other misfortunes. Between each journey he returns to England, but soon ventures forth again. Throughout the tale Gulliver encounters nonsensical feuds, wins a war, puts out a tiny burning building by peeing on it, endures the obsessive scholars of Laputa who labor over impractical studies, and meets a race of horses that rule over humans.
Gulliver's Travels provides an engaging read that will delight you with its imaginative characters and ability to reveal human truths in silly settings. The pettiness of people and the cruelties of societies are constant factors through the story that will leave modern readers with a profound knowing that not all problems are new and some things never change. Download Gulliver's Travels in your choice of six DRM-free ebook formats. USE THE PRODUCT INFORMATION LINK BELOW TO ACCESS ALL AVAILABLE FORMATS.