Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

The most fantastical travelogue, you’ll ever read!

It’s a narrative about the protagonist, Lemuel Gulliver, traveling to four different lands. I’m sure you all must have read/seen the story of ‘gullible’ and ‘naive’, Gulliver, traveling to uniquely different places,like the land of “six” inch people, called the “Lilliputians”, the giant “Brobdingnagians”etc. We all are actually familiar with this story and have, undoubtedly, enjoyed Swift’s piece of such a beautiful imagination.

Swift has used simple rhetoric, so, it’s easy to read and understand. But, the twist is, when you are a literature student, then you just cannot simply read and leave it. We are trained to read beneath the lines. I mean, if you are an ordinary reader, you won’t understand the political allusions, references and satire,which is garbed under those simple lines and people like us dig it!

So, if I have to give a review like a normal reader, then I would say that it’s seriously, a commendable piece of imagination. To think about names like “Lilliput, Laputa” etc, and design such creatures, is just fantastic. In addition, it’s highly entertaining, includes humor , contains fantastical elements and it’s considered one of children’s favorite narrative (and believe me it really is fabulous).

But, as I’m a literature student, I cannot limit myself by just telling you the “half-truth”.

Yes! “half-truth”, because it’s not just a fantastical book addressed to children and merely for entertaining purpose, but it a satire of a high-level. It contains political allegories and satirical elements beneath it’s imaginary lines. It is a Juvenal and Mennippean satire, in which, Swift is critiquing human vices and follies, corruption in England, satirizing England’s religious and political conflicts (Whigs and Tory’s, Catholics and Protestants) and human intellect under the garb of his imaginary travelogue.

But don’t worry, you don’t have to go into such profound details, unless you’re interested.

And, yes, of course, when you read books just to enjoy and relax, then you should definitely buy this entertaining and captivating book. You just need to read it, once in your life.

Hence, get yourself a copy as well as the honor to admire Swift’s imagination!

 

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

  1. Memories 🙂 I believe I last read this engaging story in Lit 101, many years ago. I wonder what Johnathan Swift would have to say about our political/social scene today?
    All the best
    Sandy

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    1. Yeah! I wonder too, what type of lands, he would imagine to represent our current situation. But, the only thing that I can be sure of, is that whatever Swift would write, it will definitely be interesting to read 😀

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