Gulliver’s Travels

Gulliver and the Lilliputian army

Gulliver and the Lilliputian army

by Jonathan Swift

This book is interesting but not high on my list.  In fact it’s pretty low.  I think my understanding and hence appreciation of this novel would be tremendously more great if I lived back then and knew all of the social intrigue of court and the happenings and personages of the political arena.

From Orwell Today (where I also found the illustration):

“It is considered one of the greatest pieces of satire ever written, comparable even to some of William Shakespeare’s works. George Orwell was so impressed with Jonathan Swift’s writings – especially Gulliver’s Travels – that he used them as models for his own writing. Animal Farm and 1984 are Orwell’s attempts to be as clear and creative as his literary hero.”

It is important to be familiar with this novel because of the references to it you encounter in every day life.  ‘Yahoo’ is one word straight from Gulliver’s Travels.

As Swift is writing this story his mental health is steadily declining.  One can see parts where Swift is a little “off.”  One may or may not agree with some of his philosophical points.

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