Gul­liver’s Trav­els still ap­peals, 280 years on

Warwick Daily News - - WEEKEND - WITH Letea Ca­van­der

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.

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