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Interesting Yes, Captivating No.,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Gulliver's Travels (Illustrated Junior Library) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I think to appreciate this novel as much as possible, you must understand that Swift was not writing this for the sake of a story. The Land of Lilliput represents a paranoid military society. Brobdingnag represents a pompous culture. The island of Laputa where everyone has high intelligence and no common sense reflects politicians. The Houyhnhnms represent the most educated class who are the closest to an ideal society. Now Swift certainly deserves credit for putting this concept together and this book does deserve a place in the classic museum of literature. Unfortunately this book has a sluggish pace. It also lacks the captivating qualities that Marlowe, Shakespeare, Milton, and Dickens had down to a science. Now if someone were doing a study of literature throughout the ages, I would say this book is an important study. On the other hand, this is not a book I would buy someone as a gift.