Gulliver’s Travels details Lemuel Gulliver’s four journeys to paranormal lands. First he goes to Lilliput, a land of tiny, six feet tall people, then Brobdingnag, a land giants, then Laputa, a land that has a flying island and a backwards idea of technology, and finally, he goes to the land of Houyhnhnms, where horses speak and rule. There are humans there, but they are slaves, savage and very crude.
Gulliver’s Travels is considered to be the greatest satire ever written in English. It was first published in 1726 by Jonathan Swift who wrote numerous poems, essays, and several novels. The story is told from a first person point of view by Lemuel Gulliver as he narrates his four journeys and describes his observations of the people he meets and the lands he visits.
There are numerous political references throughout the four books, but the story can be read and enjoyed by people of all ages. I thought the various different rules within each of the lands were interesting. The first two books are fun to read. However, throughout the book humans are not portrayed in a good light.
I recommend the first two books which I enjoyed. I also enjoyed the first half of the third book, but I would not recommend the third or fourth books. There was not as much action in these two books and thought there was too much commentary on the ills of human nature.