Tuesday, December 31
Book Review: Gulliver's Travels
Author: Jonathan Swift
Summary: Published in 1726, Gulliver’s Travels as not originally intended for children, but its new worlds, wonderful adventures, and vivid imagery have delighted and astonished a young audience since its first appeared. An understanding of the meaning and morals behind the stories can be gained by even the youngest of readers, while adults can appreciate the books provocation as well as the satire underlying its narrative. Combining fairy tale and adventure story, Jonathan Swift’s writing is stylish, subtle, and extremely appealing to the imagination. For both its technique and its plot, Gulliver’s Travels is a classic that appeals to a wide range of intellects and tastes.
My Rating: 2.5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This was yet another book I just couldn't get into. It was a constant struggle to get through the book. I didn't enjoy the writing style, something I usually enjoy in books from this time period. The was almost no character development and by the time the book finished, I liked the main character even less.
While the book was very imaginative, especially considering when it was written, it lacked in how it was executed and I found it to be incredibly repetitive. The story of the island with the small people, was far too similar to the story with the large people. It felt like it was the same story being told, with a slightly different race of people each time. Similar circumstances and trials happened in both. The appeal and uniqueness of the book quickly wore off because of this.
I didn't like the ending at all. I failed to see what brought the main character to this, he lacked in development throughout the book, so to see this change at the end of the book didn't really add up. It didn't work for the book and seemed out of place. Overall, not a book I enjoyed and it's not on my list of books I'd recommend.
Would I recommend it to read: I wouldn't recommend it. As far as the classics of this time go, this one doesn't live up to par.
What to read next: Treasure Island
Challenges: Ireland Challenge, Mount TBR Challenge