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(ləˈpyu tə)

an imaginary flying island in Swift's Gulliver's Travels (1726).
La•pu′tan, adj. n.
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Noun1.Laputa - a land imagined by Jonathan Swift where impractical projects were pursued and practical projects neglected
fictitious place, imaginary place, mythical place - a place that exists only in imagination; a place said to exist in fictional or religious writings
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Although, like so many families during those times, we were poor, my dad had a few books and I had read Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift, in which Laputa was a flying island.
Swift's two other books about the flying island of Laputa and people marked with a red spot who will never die has echoes of the dementia task which Mrs May was quite keen on, as I remember.
Unfortunately, the inhabitants of the global village are increasingly representing the residents of Laputa with the potent dread of human reincarnation as yahoos.
Similarly Mazda's Laputa translates to the Spanish for prostitute when the syllables are separated.
Joseph, one of the earliest of Trinidad's historians, wrote in 1838, 'Trinidad has often been called a colony of experiment, on account of a number of experiments tried here by different administrations'--though his use of words like 'ridiculous', 'injurious', and 'silliness' conjure up a vision of Swift's island of Laputa rather than the sobering discourses of political arithmetic.
Gulliver's Voyage to Laputa is indeed a condemnation of moral irresponsibility, for "to the Dean, the pure research of astronomers or mathematicians seemed like frivolous evasions of real duties" (Ehrenpreis 1958: 113).
Laputa - Castle in the Sky (PG): A 1986 Hayao Miyazaki animation.
She also places it in terms of Irish history--"Prehaps: before all haps, before all the unfortunate events that constitute Irelands lot" ("Landing from Laputa," 342)--which could also apply to Laura's life.
El capitan Gulliver, amen de sus conocidas descripciones de Lilliput y Brobdingnag (mejor conocidos como el pais de los enanos y el pais de los gigantes, respectivamente) hizo interesantes descripciones, si bien menos conocidas, de tierras tan lejanas como laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib, Japon y el pais de los Houyhnhnms (o pais de los caballos).