Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Great Books: Gulliver's Travels

In the story of Gulliver's Travels a beached sailor takes four voyages to visit creatures large and small, in places far away. It is a dark and comical tale, read on many levels, characterized by a grotesque and deviate view of human kind. Perhaps it's an attempt to answer the question, "Who are we?" or "What is our nature?" At carnivals and amusement parks we can see ourselves and others from different perspectives. Our imagination is engaged as we see mirrors and distortions of ourselves. Long ago, there lived a genius and prolific writer, Jonathan Swift, who wrote a tale on distorted creatures and distorted perspectives. In it, he seemed to ask that question for us all: Who am I?

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