Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift

Swift presents accounts of a ship surgeon, Gulliver, who has various encounters with unusual people and places including a race of tiny people, giants, intelligent horses and a floating island. I had heard of this tale for as long as I can remember and felt I had to finally read it. It’s clever and imaginative, I’ll give it that, but it is really a political allegory about people and events that occurred almost 300 years ago and over three thousand miles away. It’s hard to get too excited about that. If you can find an edited version—say a hundred instead of the three hundred pages—that focuses on the fun adventures then it is well worth reading.