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07 November 2008


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Andrew Karre

Why? Poor Swift. Does anybody actually read the Travels anymore?

SWIFT has sailed into his rest;
Savage indignation there
Cannot lacerate his breast.
Imitate him if you dare,
World-besotted traveller; he
Served human liberty.
(Swift's epitaph translated by Yeats.)


I'm with Andrew above. A free-spirited travel writer? WFT?

Maureen E

After seeing trailers for "Crusoe," I have lost all faith in anyone but the BBC to adapt ANYTHING. Gah.

Clare Bell

Swift was a witty and wickedly talented satirist. He would absolutely skewer that idea. Gulliver as a free-spirited travel writer? As the intelligent horses (Houhnynoums?) that he encountered said, "What a bunch of Yahoos!"


I'm reading "Gulliver's Travels" right now and I'm not really impressed. He keeps omitting things that sound interesting and leaving in boring descriptions like job allocations.

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