Author: Jonathan Swift
Book Review By: Ashok John
Class: 8

Gulliver’s Travels

My book review is on Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift. It is a popular story because it is an adventure in lands filled with strange people. The idea of meeting different kinds of people or living beings with different kinds of society has always appealed to human beings. This is a story written almost 300 years ago and we see the same kind of interest even now.

In the book Gulliver is a surgeon and decides to work on a ship and travel the world. When his ship, Antelope, is sailing somewhere near the East Indies, a storm comes over them. Gulliver manages to swim to an island.   He falls asleep because he is tired but when he wakes up, he can’t move because his hand, legs and hair are all tied down. This is where he meets the Lilliputians, tiny people who feel he is a giant! They are friendly towards him in the beginning. Afterwards things become tricky, and he escapes from the island and returns home.

But he doesn’t stop for long in England. Instead, he sails on a ship to see the world again. Now, he ends up in a strange land near Africa called Brobdingnag. Now, he is the Lilliputian because the natives are all giants. Gulliver has to face the opposite end of everything that happened in Lilliput because he is the tiny one here. The giants are curious and come to see him from other parts of the land. Gulliver is treated like he is an attraction at the fair or zoo. After a couple of years in Brobdingnag, he feels homesick and wants to go back to England. By sheer luck a giant bird picks him up and drops him in the water, near a ship. Gulliver is rescued by the sailors, and goes home.

Like this, Gulliver keeps travelling. So, every time he comes back to England, and leaves again. Like this, he visits other lands like Laputa, Glubbdubdrib, Luggnagg and also the land of the Yahoo and Houyhnhnm. What does Gulliver learn from these people (and horses – the Houyhnhnm) and does he get back to England? Read the book to know more.

Gulliver’s Travels has always been my favourite book. I used to daydream about what I would do if I met people who were so small. When I reread the book for this contest, I realized that I still love it. Imagine going on a voyage and exploring new lands! But almost all corners of the world are well known now. SO maybe going to space is the next adventure for us humans!

I strongly recommend you read Gulliver’s Travels. Old is Gold!

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