History consists, for the greater part, of the miseries brought upon the world by pride, ambition, avarice, revenge, lust, sedition, hypocrisy, ungoverned zeal, and all the train of disorderly appetite. — Edmund Burke

Stories of Gulliver's Travels Told to the Children - John Lang



This accessible and humorous retelling of Swift's classic Gulliver's Travels recounts the story of two of Gulliver's most famous voyages. In Lilliput, Gulliver is captured by midgets but he eventually wins their trust by helping them fight their enemies from the Island Blefuscu. He then travels to Brobdingnag, the land of the giants where he is kept as a pet by the king. Most of the political allusions from the original are above the heads of young students, but the story itself is highly entertaining.

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Gulliver in Lilliput
SEVERAL OF THE KING'S GUARDS RAN IN TO SEIZE THE HORSE BY THE HEAD.


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To My Friend Harry

My dear Harry,

When you are a big man, perhaps you will go out into the world, and see many strange things.

I cannot promise that you will find any people so little as the Lilliputians, nor any quite so tall as those that Mr. Lemuel Gulliver found in Brobdingnag.

But undoubtedly there are yet many small folks in the world, and a few great ones. Did not Mr. Stanley himself find in Africa a race of dwarfs so little that he called them Pigmies?

Who knows, then, what you may discover when you are grown up?

Affectionately yours,
JOHN LANG.


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