Book Reviews

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Gulliver's Travels
by Jonathan Swift
Published in 1726 (I finished it on December 05, 2007)
I picked up this book because I was reading another book, Bleak House, and Dickens alluded to it, which he’s done before, so alas, I needed to find out what the full story was.

It’s…well…okay.

Swift is very creative and does fantasy well, but it just wasn’t one of my favorite reads. Don’t get me wrong–I’m glad I read it. It’s great to know exactly what people are talking about when they refer to Lilliput and the other characters. Most of the work is imply a political commentary on England in the early 17th century. Comical how many problems still exist today: people overeating, people drinking too much liquor, lawmakers fouling up the law. Yeah, it’s timeless.

All in all, I’d have to recommend reading it only if you’re really curious about the story or how 18th century writing differs from 19th century.