Yesterday the Classics Club announced the result of the latest spin €“ list 20 books from your Classics Club list and the number picked in the spin is the book you read by 6th October 2014.
The number that came out is Number 17 – which for me is Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift:
This is one of those books that I’ve known of since childhood and have known bits of the story, but have never read. I did see a TV cartoon version several years ago and I’ve been meaning to read it for years. It’s a book, which operates on several levels, as the Introduction in my copy (an Odhams Press Limited publication) indicates:
An embittered, middle-aged man sat down to write a book that would scourge the vices and follies of mankind. That book, with its sting mellowed during the passage of two hundred years, has become – of all things – a children’s classic. ‘Gulliver’s Travels’ was the splenetic outburst of a passionate mind, whose genius gave immortality to so transient a thing as satire; but that immortality had a permanent basis – a child-like delight in marvels, a freshness of invention, a limpid style and a selective perception that created images of giants, dwarfs and fabled races with a vivid pulsating life of their own.
I’m looking forward to reading it at last.