Monday, June 15, 2009

gulliver's travels - jonathan swift

from the land of little people to the land of giants, from a floating island to sorcerers to immortals, gulliver’s travels did not lack in imagination and wonder. unfortunately, i felt it lacked in so many other areas that halfway through the book, i put it down and found myself needing to labor through the rest of the story. it started wonderfully enough. i always dread that time when i’m first getting into a new book. i have become so connected with the characters and world of the last book, that i find this new story foreign and uninteresting as the author maps out their new world. to gulliver’s travels' credit, it made this transition much easier and enjoyable, bypassing the tedious job of character development (sadly), and jumping right into the action of the story (happily). unfortunately, the action quickly grew stale once the initial introduction of the new land was finished. then, rather than a magical adventure, the story became more of a history, political, and/ or law book. gulliver would then set off for a new land and the intrigue would once again be renewed, but would soon fall into another rut. this routine was repeated numerous times, leaving me mixed feelings about the book. at times i was captivated by the imagination of the book, but far more often i felt i was in my high school government class, mrs. anderson teaching about some foreign country’s governing and legal systems, and me having to hand in a drool-soaked class assignment. i’ll never be a politician. :)

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