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A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

Написано Samuel Johnson и James Boswell

Озвучено Alexander Spencer и Patrick Tull


A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland

Написано Samuel Johnson и James Boswell

Озвучено Alexander Spencer и Patrick Tull

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3/5 (24 оценки)
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4 часа
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Издано:
4 мар. 2008 г.
ISBN:
9781449802424
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In 1773, an unlikely pair-a dominant figure of English literature and a young lawyer-set out on horseback to follow roads and cattle-trails across the Highlands to the Western Islands of Scotland. Their conversation and accounts are filled with curious detail, flashing wit and fascinating encounters with the high and low of the country.
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Издано:
4 мар. 2008 г.
ISBN:
9781449802424
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Samuel Johnson (1709 – 1784) was an English writer – a poet, essayist, moralist, literary critic, biographer, editor and lexicographer. His works include the biography The Life of Richard Savage, an influential annotated edition of Shakespeare's plays, and the widely read tale Rasselas, the massive and influential Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets, and most notably, A Dictionary of the English Language, the definitive British dictionary of its time.


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  • (3/5)
    The first book by Johnson was good the second by Boswell was better, at least more humourous, with the recording of the sayings of Johnson. I thought it was fascinating to travel with these two gentleman during the time when there were no trains and tours were pretty well rustic. The time in which they travelled too, when Scotland or Old Scotland was disappearing, and the peaceful and the more refined Scotland we know today was taking its place.
  • (3/5)
    Fascinating account by Johnson of his trip through Scotland with Boswell (who also wrote up an account).Full of information about the life and times of the Highlands in the late 1700s. Insights like the fact that the lack of roads meant that the may not have been a single wheeled vehicle for transporting goods in the entire highlands of that era!Read May 2017
  • (2/5)
    I liked best this book when it described the beginning of the journey in the Highlands. But Johnson's verbosity was a bit tiring afterwards, & I kept looking to the number of pages left. I found interesting Johnson's describing the highlanders just as first encounters with tribes in Papua New Guinea were described afterwards. They even carried with them small gifts for the locals which were benevolently distributed.Emphatic as he was, Johnson aroused sufficient interest in me to making me want to put my steps one day in his' & Boswell's in the small islands they visited off Mull.