Guliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift
Second hand copy, Good condition.
Pengiun classics, 2001.
Soft cover, 306 pages.
'I felt something alive moving on my left leg ... when bending my eyes downward as much as i could, I perceived it to be a human creature not six inches high'
Shipwrecked and cast adrift, Lemuel Gulliver wakes to find himself on Lilliput, an island inhabited by little people, whose height makes their quarrels over fashion and fame seem ridiculous. His subsequent encounters - with the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the philosophical Houyhnhnms and the brutish Yahoos - give Gulliver new, bitter insights into human behavior. Swift's savage satire views mankind in a distorted hall of mirrors as diminished, magnified and finally bestial species, presenting us with uncomparing reflections of ourselves.
This text, based on the first edition of 1726, reproduces all its original illustrations and includes an introduction by Robert Demaria, Jr, which discusses the ways Gulliver's travels has been interpreted since its first publication.