Gulliver’s Travels still appeals, 280 years on
IRISH-BORN Jonathan Swift was savage in his view on humanity in his much-loved satire Gulliver’s Travels, but the appeal has held for more than 280 years. It is a book to share with the whole family.
A shipwrecked Lemuel Gulliver wakes up to find himself on Lilliput and interactions with the island’s rather pint-size inhabitants ensue.
Gulliver’s adventures continue as he encounters the crude giants of Brobdingnag, the Houyhnhnms and the Yahoos, who all reflect certain aspects of human behaviour. Swift holds a mirror up to humankind and the reflection is not entirely flattering. The book was first published in 1726 and was also made into a movie starring Jack Black (pictured) in 2010.