Not Just Another Grouchy Grammarian

Musings about language, books, grammar, and writing in general

Review: Gulliver’s Travels, by Jonathan Swift

I had only seen the animated movie of Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels as a kid. Since I knew even then that there were radical changes made to the story (see my review of Tevye the Milkman for that rant), I had no desire to read it. Then, one of the book clubs on Goodreads picked it for its November selection, so I grabbed an audiobook version.

I’m glad I did. Swift was really a cynical so-and-so (insert my usual “bad word” here), with a very sharp eye for human foibles, and has woven a much more interesting tale than I had been led to believe. Even Swift’s minor characters are much more layered in their attempts to understand Gulliver and his kind. Yes, even the ones who cannot get over their prejudices against them.

Definitely a book I will reread at some point because there is much there I know I have missed in this “first” adult reading of it.

Thank you Goodreads for pointing me to a book I might never have picked up, but found worth exploring once I did.

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