Edited with Introduction and Notes by Thomas M. Balliet, 1900.
o longer, I found myself within my depth; and, by this time, the storm was much abated.
The declivity was so small that I walked near a mile before I got to the shore, which I conjectured was about eight o'clock in the evening. I then advanced forward near half a mile, but could not discover any sign of houses or inhabitants; at least, I was in so weak a condition, that I did not observe them. I was extremely tired, and with that, and the heat of the weather, and about half a pint of brandy that I drank as I left the ship, I found myself much inclined to sleep. I lay down on the grass, which was very short and soft, where I slept sounder than ever I remembered to have done in my life, and, as I reckoned, about nine hours; for, when I awaked, it was just daylight. I attempted to rise, but was not able to stir: for as I happened to lie on my back, I found my arms and legs were strongly fastened on each side to the ground; and my hair, which was long and thick, tied down in the same manner. I likewise felt se
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Concerning the novel, it is a very rich and dense piece of writing. The full understanding of its satire requires a deep knowledge of the XVII and XVIII centuries.
For example, the reader should know about the political and religious intrigues that took place. For instance, the voyage to Lilliput allows Swift to develop a criticism of the conflict between Whigs and Tories in England.
Of course, this novel is still interesting for readers who, for one reason or another wouldn't do background research : Gulliver's Travels also deals with philosophical issues such as power and moral virtues among others.
Another interesting feature is the fact that even if Swift's satire contains a bitting satire and a deep reflection on mankind, Gulliver's Travels is suprisingly very pleasant to read for the reader that only wants to enjoy the pleasure of fiction.
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