Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (unabridged)

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Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (unabridged)

Catalogue No:

NA0011

Discs:

9

Release date:

26th July 2010

Barcode:

9781843794196

Length:

10 hours 56 minutes

Medium:

CD (download also available)
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Jonathan Swift: Gulliver’s Travels (unabridged)


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Lemuel Gulliver, a slightly staid ship’s doctor, relates the tales of his astonishing travels. He encounters the tiny, warring Lilliputians; the giant, sceptical Brobdingnagians; the ludicrously intellectual Laputans; and the idealistic – if rather stolid – Houyhnhnms and their bestial servants, the Yahoos. An immediate best-seller when it was first published in 1726, Gulliver’s Travels has remained a favourite ever since. It was an attack on the politics and society of Swift’s day, but it is also a polemical, inventive, surreal, vitriolic and wonderfully imaginative masterpiece, whose powerful satire continues to strike home.

Jonathan Swift: Gulliver's Travels (Unabridged)

The Publisher to the Reader

A Letter from Captain Gulliver to his Cousin Sympson

I find likewise that your printer has been so careless…

Part 1: A Voyage to Lilliput - Chapter 1

The declivity was so small that I walked near a mile…

But I should have mentioned, that before the principal…

It seems that, upon the first moment I was discovered…

Chapter 2

Towards night, I got with some difficulty into my house…

He desired I would not take it ill, if he gave orders…

When this inventory was read over to the emperor…

Chapter 3

When I had finished my work, I desired…

But because the reader may be curious to have some idea…

Chapter 4

The emperor's palace is in the centre of the city…

He began with compliments on my liberty…

Chapter 5

The emperor and his whole court stood on the shore…

It is to be observed, that these ambassadors spoke…

Chapter 6

In choosing persons for all employments, they have more regard…

In the female nurseries, the young girls of quality…

I had three hundred cooks to dress my victuals…

Chapter 7

In the several debates upon this impeachment…

'In three days, your friend the secretary…'

Chapter 8

These considerations moved me to hasten my departure…

Part 2: A Voyage to Brobdingnag - Chapter 1

I was endeavouring to find some gap in the hedge…

They all sat down in a circle about me…

When dinner was almost done, the nurse came…

Chapter 2

I was placed upon a table in the largest room…

Chapter 3

His majesty sent for three great scholars…

It is the custom that every Wednesday…

Nothing angered and mortified me so much…

Chapter 4

Besides the large box in which I was usually carried…

Chapter 5

I cannot tell whether I were more pleased…

The queen, who often used to hear me talk of my sea-voyages…

But the greatest danger I ever underwent in that kingdom…

Chapter 6

The king, who, as I before observed…

When I had put an end to these long discourses…

He fell next upon the management of our treasury…

Chapter 7

A strange effect of narrow principles and views!

Their style is clear, masculine, and smooth…

Chapter 8

How often did I then wish myself with my dear Glumdalclitch…

I slept some hours, but perpetually disturbed with dreams…

The captain was very well satisfied with this…

Part 3: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, and Japan - Chapter 1

The next day I sailed to another island…

Chapter 2

After dinner my company withdrew…

Most of them, and especially those who deal…

Chapter 3

But it must be observed, that this island cannot move…

Chapter 4

During our journey he made me observe the several methods…

Chapter 5

I was complaining of a small fit of the colic…

Six hours a day the young students were employed…

Chapter 6

This project could not be of any great expense…

To keep senators in the interest of the crown…

Chapter 7

After this manner we continued in the island for ten days…

Chapter 8

Here I discovered the roguery and ignorance…

Chapter 9

The despatch came from court about the time we expected.

Chapter 10

'I would never marry after threescore…'

After this preface, he gave me a particular account…

Chapter 11

Part 4: A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnhnms - Chapter 1

In this desolate condition I advanced forward…

While he and I were thus employed, another horse came up…

Chapter 2

The great difficulty that seemed to stick with the two horses…

Chapter 3

I had hitherto concealed the secret of my dress…

Chapter 4

It put me to the pains of many circumlocutions…

Chapter 5

'There is likewise a kind of beggarly princes in Europe…'

I assured his honour, 'that the law was a science…'

Chapter 6

I was going on to tell him another sort of people…

I told him, 'that a first or chief minister of state…'

Chapter 7

'That our institutions of government and law…'

My master further assured me, which I also observed…

I durst make no return to this malicious insinuation…

Chapter 8

As these noble Houyhnhnms are endowed by nature…

Chapter 9

The Houyhnhnms have no letters, and consequently…

Chapter 10

I freely confess, that all the little knowledge…

I was struck with the utmost grief and despair…

Chapter 11

The ship came within half a league of this creek…

Our voyage passed without any considerable accident…

Chapter 12

I am not a little pleased that this work…

But as those countries which I have described do not appear…

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