||In Jonathan Swift's bitter and witty satiric look at 18th-century England, his hero, common man Lemuel Gulliver, becomes, as he travels, increasingly frustrated by the corruption and irrationality of the human race. His sea voyage takes him first to Lilliput, where he is exploited by its tiny citizens and then condemned as a traitor. Then he lands in Brobdingnag, where he is repulsed by the size, grossness, and stupidity of the giants who capture him. His third voyage takes him to Laputa, where Swift wickedly satirizes intellectuals as impractical twits, several other fictional islands, and Japan. It's only in the land of the Houyhnhnms that Gulliver finds peace. There gentle, intelligent, and ever-rational horses rule the land, and the ignorant and brutish humans are known as Yahoos. Eventually Gulliver must leave, however, and his return to England--the land of true Yahoos--brings him no joy. When it first appeared (1726), GULLIVER'S TRAVELS shocked the reading public with its bitter outlook, general irreverence, and graphic descriptions of bodily functions. Contemporary readers will still appreciate this merciless satire, since many of Swift's critiques of human nature, politics, and societal conventions ring true even today. A treasure of English literature, GULLIVER'S TRAVELS is a work of wild imagination, enormous humor, and thrilling adventure.