A major portion of this unique book is concerned with the fantastic and impossible, but it also has a serious purpose and a kind of realism that perhaps no work before it possessed. For Gulliver's Travels is really to books, or two kinds of books, in one. There is indeed the satire, the critic's and reformer's attacks on things he wished to change, but there is also the marvelous story he told in which to embody it - a story filled with strange adventures and exploits, people and things such as no one ever saw with his waking eyes, and told in careful and convincing detail, with just the right touch of wit and subtle humor.
And it is, of cource, the "other" book in Gulliver's Travels that has made it the great favorite it has been, especially with young readers, ever since it first appeared in 1726.
Complete and Unabridged, Copyright 1963