by Jonathan Swift
In BriefLemuel Gulliver is consumed by wanderlust. As a ship's surgeon he puts repeatedly to sea, only to find himself shipwrecked or marooned in fantastical lands populated by midgets, giants, immortals, foolish scientists or wise horses. Yet every society he encounters bears striking resemblances to certain aspects of the English Establishment he has left behind.
Why you should read itThe style of clothing may change, the technology may improve, but humans will always be absorbed by politics, science, prejudices and silliness. Through Gulliver, Swift strips bare the conceits and idiocies of his time and our own. Far more than a children's book, this classic is a ground-breaking novel, a ferocious satire, and a stunning pathfinder for literary fantasy.