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Japan’s abandoned theme park Gulliver’s Kingdom “…was located between Aokigarah and Kamikuishiki, two areas that have some of the most disturbing reputations in all of Japan. Aokigarah is better known to Westerners as “the suicide forest,” where around 100 people take their lives every year and annual searches are necessary to clear the area of all the corpses. Kamikuishiki was home to the Aum Shinriyko doomsday cult that was responsible for the 1995 Sarin gas attacks on the Tokyo subway that left 13 people dead. Aside from the ghastly reputation of Kamikuishiki, the village was plagued with the residual smell of the cult’s nerve gas factory  for up to five years after the factories were closed up—and the smell wafted all the way over to Gulliver’s Kingdom.” —Neatorama

Gulliver's Travels, By Jonathan Swift.

I enjoy satirical literature, but personally, I am not a fan of this work. I think it is very repetitive, as Swift reiterates his opinions to a point where they become just plain, and dull. Nevertheless, the first time he uses Gulliver to project his opinions, they are interesting. I particularly enjoy his references to the political state of British and Irish politics, as the majority of them are satirical. If Swift had compacted the four books into one or two books it would have given me a contrasting impression, as it would be sharp and straight to the point- therefore I would have found it more enjoyable to read. I am not saying that I dislike long novels; I dislike long novels that mention the same point throughout, and are clearly monotonous. Gulliver’s journeys may have been extremely exciting for his readers during Swift’s era, but as a modern reader I am not entirely captivated by what he achieves, reveals or destructs during his adventure.

I am aware that people have completely different opinions, as most readers I have spoken to seem to love the book. The majority of the people I have discussed this with are guys, so I have gathered the impression that it is by far a male orientated book (also referring to the misogyny that Swift uses throughout).

Care to share your opinion- I am intrigued to find out anyone’s reason for agreeing or disagreeing with my statement.

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