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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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Laputa is a sky island location in which classic novel?
Among the consistent performers is Hayao Miyazaki's Studio Ghibli which has a big international fan following, with animation films such as Spirited Away (2001), My Neighbor Totoro (1988) (Photo 3), Porco Rosso (1992) and Castle in the Sky (Laputa) (1986).
To stop boredom on the way to school, I pretended to ride my invisible horse Laputa. 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.
In celebration of airing the classic 'Laputa: Castle in the Sky', Nippon TV revealed that one of the characters in the film was modeled after Miyazaki's mother.
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.
Miyazaki Hayao takes over Antoine de Saint-Exupery's vision of flying as existential attitude and as liberation and survival strategy, and has been employing it in most of his previous anime works, starting with Nausicaa from the Valley of the Winds, released in 1984, whose heroine negotiates the post-apocalyptic jungle by glider, throughout Laputa: The Castle in the Sky, My Neighor Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Spirited Away, Howl's Moving Castle.
Meanwhile, though Kramer is careful to explain every comic or sexual reference in the character names or dialogue in Dr Strangelove, he misses the fact that one of the Russian targets for Slim Pickens's nuclear bomber is named as Laputa, which was the flying island in Gulliver's Travels.