Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Review of Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift

This review was written by Eugene Kernes

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Genre = Novel

Short Description


“I had reason to believe I might be a match for the greatest army they could bring against me, if they were all of the same size with him that I saw.” – Jonathan Swift, Chapter 1, Page 16

“They found by my eating that a small quantity would not suffice me; and being a most ingenious people, they slung up with great dexterity” – Jonathan Swift, Chapter 1, Page 18

“I now considered myself as bound, by the laws of hospitality, to a people who had treated me with so much expense and magnificence.” – Jonathan Swift, Chapter 1, Page 18

Elaborate Description

Gulliver is a ship’s surgeon, whom on two different accounts got stuck at mysterious lands due to a storm.  These unexpected travels include Lilliput and Brobdingnag.  The land of Lilliput has everything in miniature, with Gulliver being a giant in respect to the people and everything there.  The land of Brobdingnag has everything enlarged, with Gulliver being tiny in respect to the people and everything there.  In both lands, Gulliver needs to learn the language to communicate with the people.  Gulliver uses political finesse and guile to gain freedom and understanding.  With his unique perspective and abilities, Gulliver is able to shape each lands geopolitics.  Although prone to adventure, Gulliver seeks escape back home.  

The book is fairly well written, but many parts have poor flow due to antediluvian syntax.  Interesting tales that can facilitate an understanding on how to treat others and the respective consequences.  

Questions to Consider while Reading the Book

•What is the raison d’etre of the book?  For what purpose did the author write the book?
•How did Gulliver come to be at Lilliput?
•How did Gulliver survive at Lilliput? 
•What is fascinating about Lilliput?
•How did Gulliver shape Lilliput’s geopolitics? 
•How did Gulliver come to be at Brobdingnag?
•How did Gulliver survive at Brobdingnag? 
•What is fascinating about Brobdingnag?
•How did Gulliver shape Brobdingnag’s geopolitics? 
•What skills did Gulliver use and need at Lilliput and Brobdingnag?

Book Details
Edition ISBN:  2940152130089
Pages to read:   144
Publication:     2015
1st Edition:      1726
Format:            eBook

Ratings out of 5:
Readability    3
Content          1
Overall           2