Jonathan Swift's longest work is a combination of two extremely popular 18th-century genres: the exotic expedition travelogue, and the satirical account of human nature. The book we read is presented as a version of Lemuel Gulliver's diaries that were supposedly passed onto his publisher after many years spent travelling the world.
During this journey Gulliver encounters both giant and bite-sized people, horses who not only speak, but are more civilised than humans, a depraved form of mankind known as yahoos, and countless other odd and unerringly enlightening beings.
In Gulliver's Travels – published when he was 59 – Swift picks apart religion, corruption, and the connection between individuals and society, in prose that is wry and witty throughout. As well as incorporating contemporary issues, it collates a life's worth of political and human experience.
- The world's original dose of Lilliput.
- Meaningful and humorous in equal measure.
- Still has modern-day appeal to every man, woman, and child.
Marked as to-read: Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift https://t.co/cQNp0BXSCh The afterlife of Gulliver's Travels is built into the text itself #ReadingMatters16 In 1735 Johnathan Swift wrote of Mars having two moons in Gulliver's Travels. Nearly 150 years later, it actually ends up true.
Marked as to-read: Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift https://t.co/cQNp0BXSCh— Lou (@LouiseMorrish1) June 2, 2016
The afterlife of Gulliver's Travels is built into the text itself #ReadingMatters16— Will Rossiter (@Satyrane) June 2, 2016
In 1735 Johnathan Swift wrote of Mars having two moons in Gulliver's Travels. Nearly 150 years later, it actually ends up true.— The Next Two Bands: (@TheNextTwoBands) June 1, 2016