Book That Moves You

Guliver’s travel Observerl승인2014.03.30l0호

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As a university student majoring in English literature, I have read numerous books. I also started to read various kinds of literature from many other countries including Egypt and ancient China. But I must say that stories from Britain fascinated me most as their literature works were mostly my taste. Among all the masterpieces in English literature, the most memorable book I have read was ‘Gulliver’s Travel’ written by Jonathan Swift. I enjoyed the entire wonderful journey of the main character, and the well-described scenery made me imagine what it would be like to live as the main character. However, I feel sad that there are not many people who appreciate the beauty of the Gulliver’s Travel as many people consider this book as a children’s story. I would like to introduce this book to Korean readers, so they can find the unnoticed beauty of the Jonathan Swift’s book.
Since Gulliver’s travel is relatively well-known among Korean readers, most people know that this story is about a man whose name is Gulliver who travels all around the new world. However, many people only know a small part of this extraordinary journey. What many readers memorize from this story is probably about lilliput, in other words, a country where small people live. However, lilliput is not the only place where Gulliver visited as he also traveled to several other countries. For example. Brobdignag, a country where huge people live, Laputa, an island floating in the sky and Houyhnhnm, a place where horses rule all human beings. To truly understand all the stories in Gulliver’s travel, it is not enough to only read the parts from lilliput. I strongly recommend people to go through all of the chapters from the original story. Then they may realize and appreciate the entire scale of the book. Since the original story contains many other places, the size of the whole book is pretty big and thick. This fact may scare off readers who want to try and read it, but I was glad with this fact because I was able to enjoy many fascinating stories for a long time.
Another pitiful fact that about Gulliver’s Travel is that it is considered a children’s story. This is true not only in Korea, but also in western countries. This piece of art was written during the 18th century when there was political corruption. The writer, Jonathan Swift, represented these political issues in his work and sarcastically mocked the corruption found in England. Sadly, some part of his original story was omitted and changed because of religion organizations. While Gulliver’s Travel may seems like a story for children because of its absurd and groundless imagination, it actually shows the historical background of Britain in the18th century. Therefore, readers can view this literature in a whole new different way.
As a reader of the Gulliver’s Travel, I was lucky that I was be able to experience this literature in a full-version. If I did not, I might remember this work as a book filled with imagination for little children. Through that story, I was able to experience many different worlds that I did not know beforehand, and I was able to have a chance to peek into English history. I wish many people could view this book in a new way and realize the unknown beauty of Gulliver’s journey. There are also several movies based on the original story for readers who want to enjoy this story in a visual way. I cannot describe how great this book really is in a few sentences. The only way to fully know this masterpiece is to read it!
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