This classic starts off fanciful enough with the famous Lilliputian adventure. Each adventure gets more and more scathing in depicting human nature. I didn't quite expect it to be so graphic and incendiary because the only previous exposure to Gulliver was through cartoons. The cartoons, however, whitewash the novel to make them kid-friendly.
It is entertaining reading. I especially enjoyed the barbs at the people who completely forsake the things that work for their unproven, idiotic pet ideas (and the society that encourages it).
Apparently the Gulliver's Travels I read so many years ago was a cleaned-up kids' version, because this book was not nearly as fun as I remember it. Swift's satirical story of a man who happens upon strange lands is still entertaining, but this unabridged version includes all the long-winded commentary that was typical of books in his day. For scolars, and those who want the full experience of a classic, I would definitely recommend the unabridged edition, as it is a clever take on the world the way it once was (and in many ways still is). But for those simply looking for an entertaining story, without all the political and social commetary, I would suggest something edited more recently and aimed at younger readers.